ECHL Today – Mar. 8

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South Carolina Stingrays (27-23-7) at Charlotte Checkers (31-21-3) 7:00 p.m. ET
• Charlotte is sixth in the ECHL on the power play at home with 18.8 percent (36-for-192).
• South Carolina is 20-0-0 when leading after the second period.
• Checkers’ Chris Holt is 6-1-0 with a 2.36 goals-against average in eight games against South Carolina.
• Stingrays’ Evan Schwabe has team-leading seven assists and 10 points in nine games against Charlotte.

Gwinnett Gladiators (33-18-6) at Columbia Inferno (23-26-9) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Gwinnett leads ECHL on the power play on the road with 23.0 percent (44-for-191).
• Columbia leads ECHL on the penalty kill at home with 88.2 percent (149-for-169).
Scott Mifsud leads Gladiators against Columbia with four goals, eight assists and 12 points in seven games.
• Inferno’s Jeff Miles is on a six-game goal streak (9g).

Fresno Falcons (30-21-5) at Idaho Steelheads (32-19-5) 7:10 p.m. MT
• Steelheads rank eighth on the penalty kill at home with 85.5 percent (153-for-179).
• Fresno is 22-2-2 when leading after the second period.
• Idaho’s Greg Rallo (3g-0a) and Derek Nesbitt (0g-3a) each have three points in two games against Fresno.
• Falcons’ John Morlang and Cory Murphy each have a goal and an assist in two games against Idaho.

Texas Wildcatters (33-18-9) at Phoenix RoadRunners (25-29-5) 7:11 p.m. MT
• Texas is second in the ECHL on the power play with 19.3 percent (85-for-441).
• Phoenix is 6-4-3 when tied after the second period.
• Wildcatters’ Daniel Sparre has team-leading six points (3g-3a) in four games against Phoenix.
Justin Aikins leads RoadRunners with three goals and five points in four games against Texas.

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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.