ECHL Today – Mar. 6

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Augusta Lynx (32-23-3) at Charlotte Checkers (30-21-3) 7:00 p.m. ET
• Augusta is fifth in the ECHL with 3.71 goals per game.
• Charlotte ranks sixth in the ECHL on the power play at home with 19.0 percent (36-for-189).
• Lynx’s Mike Erickson (3g-4a) and Shane Hynes (1g-6a) each have seven points against Charlotte.
Nathan Gillies leads Checkers against Augusta with seven assists and nine points in seven games.

Florida Everblades (35-17-4) at Gwinnett Gladiators (33-17-6) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Gwinnett has an ECHL-leading 100 power-play goals and a power-play percentage of 25.0 percent.
• Florida is tied for ninth in the ECHL on the penalty kill with 84.1 percent (317-for-377).
• Gladiators’ Brad Schell has team-leading nine assists and 14 points in nine games against Florida.
Dustin Johner leads Everblades with nine points (4g-5a) in nine games against Gwinnett.

Columbia Inferno (22-26-9) at South Carolina Stingrays (27-22-7) 7:05 p.m. ET
• South Carolina ranks second in the ECHL on the power play at home with 22.1 percent (44-for-199).
• Columbia is fifth in the ECHL with 34.19 shots per game.
• Stingrays’ Chris Chaput has team-leading five goals and 10 points in nine games against Columbia.
• Inferno’s Jeff Miles is on a five-game goal streak (6g).

Texas Wildcatters (32-18-9) at Phoenix RoadRunners (25-28-5) 7:11 p.m. MT
• Texas leads ECHL with 37.00 shots per game.
• Phoenix is seventh in the ECHL on the power play with 17.6 percent (73-for-414).
Jonathan Paiement leads Wildcatters against Phoenix with three points (1g-2a) in three games.
• RoadRunners’ Justin Aikins has team-leading two goals and four points in three games against Texas.

Idaho Steelheads (31-19-5) at Las Vegas Wranglers (33-11-13) 7:05 p.m. PT
• Las Vegas is tied for fourth in the ECHL on the power play at home with 19.2 percent (32-for-167).
• Idaho ranks second in the ECHL on the power play on the road with 19.0 percent (35-for-184).
• Wranglers’ Derek Edwardson has team-leading 11 assists and 15 points in nine games against Idaho.
Lance Galbraith leads Steelheads with six goals and 12 points in nine games against Las Vegas.

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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
* Affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League marking 10th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
* 325 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
* 180 have played their first NHL game in the last five seasons.
* 101 former ECHL players have played in the NHL this season and all 30 teams have had a former ECHL player play for them.
* More than 100 players under contract to NHL teams have played in the ECHL this season.
* 22 ECHL players who have played their first NHL game this season: former Greenville and Richmond right wing Krys Barch (Dallas on Jan. 15), former Mississippi defenseman Sheldon Brookbank (Nashville on Feb. 6), former Reading goaltender Barry Brust (Los Angeles on Nov. 30), former Wheeling left wing Daniel Carcillo (Phoenix on Mar. 3), former Toledo center Matt Ellis (Detroit on Dec. 18), former Wheeling defenseman Drew Fata (New York Islanders on Feb. 4), former Reading defenseman Jeff Finger (Colorado on Feb. 20), former Bakersfield and Reading goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji (Los Angeles on Jan. 13), former Charlotte defenseman Daniel Girardi (New York Rangers on Jan. 27), former Long Beach goaltender Jaroslav Halak (Montreal on Feb. 18), former Trenton goaltender Martin Houle (Philadelphia on Dec. 13), former Alaska left wing D.J. King (St. Louis on Oct. 5), former Florida center Drew Larman (Florida on Nov. 13), former Florida defenseman Martin Lojek (Florida on Feb. 3), former Toledo goaltender Joey MacDonald (Detroit on Oct. 19), former Pensacola center Kris Newbury (Toronto on Dec. 23), former South Carolina and Reading center Rich Peverley (Nashville on Mar. 4), former Augusta right wing Pierre Parenteau (Chicago on Feb. 7), former Columbia right wing Jesse Schultz (Vancouver on Nov. 28), former ECHL All-Star goaltender Mike Smith (Dallas on Oct. 21), former Reading left wing Shay Stephenson (Los Angeles on Mar. 1) and former Augusta goaltender Mike Wall (Anaheim on Nov. 26).
* Record 47 former ECHL players played their first NHL game in 2005-06.
* ECHL has been represented on last six Stanley Cup champions.
* Two NHL head coaches (Peter Laviolette & Jim Playfair) and 9 assistant coaches have ECHL experience.
* Affiliations with 24 of the 27 teams in the American Hockey League.
* ECHL has been represented on last 17 Calder Cup champions.
* ECHL has affiliations with 24 of the 27 teams in the American Hockey League and for the past 17 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion.
* 86 players under contract to AHL teams have played in the ECHL this season.
* For each of the past four seasons, the ECHL has had more players called up to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with 1,646 call ups involving almost 1,000 players, including 2005-06 when there were 416 call ups involving 263 players.
* 2008 ECHL All-Star Game and Skills Competition will be hosted by Stockton Thunder, City of Stockton and Stockton Arena on Jan. 22-23, 2008.
* ECHL and its member teams contributed more than $2.3 million for charity and relief funds in 2005-06.
* Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.