ECHL Today – March 13

 

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Wheeling Nailers (27-23-11) at Reading Royals (39-18-6)                         7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Wheeling’s Peter Delmas is sixth with a 2.29 goals-against average.

·     Reading’s Yannick Tifu is tied for seventh with 62 points (23g-39a).

·     Nailers are second on the penalty kill at 85.8 percent (205-for-239).

·     Royals are 26-3-4 when scoring first.  

 

Greenville Road Warriors (32-24-7) at Toledo Walleye (31-22-9)             7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Marc-Olivier Vallerand leads Greenville against the Walleye with four goals and six points.

·     Toledo’s Wes O’Neill is fourth among defensemen with 11 goals.

·     Road Warriors are 19-3-2 when leading after two periods.

·     Walleye are fourth with 27.39 shots-against per game.  

 

South Carolina Stingrays (34-24-7) at Florida Everblades (32-20-11)                    7:30 p.m. ET 

·     South Carolina’s Ryan Zapolski leads the league with a 1.64 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage.

·     Florida’s Olivier Dame-Malka is second among defensemen with 147 shots on goal.

·     Stingrays are league’s third-least penalized team with 14.06 penalty minutes per game.

·     Everblades are second in the league with 71 first-period goals.  

 

Evansville IceMen (22-35-5) at Fort Wayne Komets (29-30-3)                              7:30 p.m. ET 

·     Evansville’s Todd Robinson leads the league with 29 power-play assists.

·     Brandon Marino leads Fort Wayne against the IceMen with six goals and 14 points.

·     IceMen are tied for third with six shorthanded goals on the road.

·     Komets are 12-0-0 when leading after one period. 

  

Las Vegas Wranglers (31-27-5) at Colorado Eagles (30-27-6)                               7:05 p.m. MT 

·     Andrew Sarauer leads Las Vegas against the Eagles with seven points (4g-3a).

·     Colorado’s Michael Forney is second with 14 power-play goals.

·     Wranglers are 17-0-1 when leading after two periods.

·     Eagles are first on the power play at home at 27.1 percent (45-for-166).  

 

Utah Grizzlies (25-29-9) at Bakersfield Condors (19-40-5)                         7 p.m. PT 

·     Utah’s Nick Tuzzolino is tied for second among defensemen with 19 power-play points (1g-18a).

·     Bakersfield’s Francis Verreault is fifth among rookies with 46 points (16g-30a).

·     Grizzlies are first on the power play on the road at 23.7 percent (37-for-156)

·     Condors are 9-0-0 when leading after two periods at home.  

 

San Francisco Bulls (22-34-7) at Stockton Thunder (32-24-9)                                7 p.m. PT 

·     San Francisco’s Dean Ouellet is second among rookies with 51 points (24g-27a).

·     Matt Reber leads Stockton against the Bulls with nine points (1g-8a).

·     Bulls are sixth on the power play on the road at 19.7 percent (27-for-137).

·     Thunder have outscored their opponents 80-59 in the second period.  

 

Idaho Steelheads (39-17-7) at Alaska Aces (46-12-6)                                             7:15 p.m. AKT 

·     Alaska’s Alex Hudson is on a four-game goal streak since March 3 (4g).

·     Idaho’s Josh Robinson is third with a .924 save percentage.

·     Steelheads are second with 12 shorthanded goals.

·     Aces are 33-0-5 when scoring first.

Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

Utah can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Wednesday if:

Utah wins OR Utah loses in overtime/shootout

 

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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts 

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• The ECHL celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2012-13 and is the third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League.

• ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states and has grown to be a coast-to-coast league with 23 teams in 16 states in 2012-13.

• The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.

505 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 23 in 2011-12.

• 15 ECHL players have made their NHL debuts this season: former Gwinnett Gladiators forward Matt Anderson (New Jersey on Jan. 29), former Stockton Thunder center and 2011 ECHL All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Mark Arcobello (Edmonton on Feb. 6), former Utah Grizzlies defenseman and 2010 ECHL All-Star Victor Bartley (Nashville on March 8), former Charlotte Checkers, Wheeling Nailers, Pensacola Ice Pilots, Florida Everblades and Augsuta Lynx left wing Patrick Bordeleau (Colorado on Jan. 19), former Cincinnati Cyclones forward Cory Conacher (Tampa Bay on Jan. 19), former South Carolina Stingrays and Reading Royals goaltender and 2013 ECHL All-Star Philipp Grubauer (Washington on Feb. 27), former Ontario Reign and Orlando Solar Bears goaltender Darcy Kuemper (Minnesota on Feb. 12), former Toledo Walleye defenseman Brian Lashoff (Detroit on Jan. 21), former Toledo Walleye goaltender Petr Mrazek (Detroit on Feb. 7), former Las Vegas Wranglers, Toledo Walleye and Idaho Steelheads defenseman Steve Oleksy (Washington on March 5), former Alaska Aces right wing Anthony Peluso (Winnipeg on Feb. 12), former Ontario Reign right wing Jon Rheault (Florida on March 5), former Reading Royals left wing Antoine Roussel (Dallas on Feb. 1), former Wheeling Nailers center and 2011 ECHL All-Star Ben Street (Calgary on Feb. 9) and former Toledo Storm right wing and 2007 ECHL All-Star Jamie Tardif (Boston on Feb. 2).

• The ECHL has had 313 players reach the NHL since 2002-03 when it changed its focus to become the primary developmental league for the NHL and the AHL. The ECHL had 97 players reach the NHL in its first 10 seasons and 215 in the first 15 years.

• 249 ECHL players have played their first game in the last eight seasons for an average of more than 31 per year.

• ECHL had a record 87 players on NHL opening-day rosters in 2012-13, surpassing the 81 from 2011-12 and marking the 10th year in a row that there have been over 50 former ECHL players on opening-day rosters.

• ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 NHL teams in 2012-13, marking the 16th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.

• 30 coaches with an ECHL background are working behind the benches of teams in the NHL including Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau, Pittsburgh Penguins head coach and 2011 Jack Adams Award winner Dan Bylsma, New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano, Dallas Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan, Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette and Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel. It is the seventh consecutive season that there have been 11 or more coaches with an ECHL background working in the NHL. Boudreau, who coached Mississippi for three seasons winning the Kelly Cup championship in 1999, was named NHL Coach of the Year in 2007-08 becoming the first former ECHL coach to receive the award.

• 26 former ECHL officials are scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2012-13 with referees Darcy Burchell, Francis Charron, Ghislain Hebert, Jean Hebert, Marc Joannette, Trent Knorr, Mike Leggo, Dave Lewis, T.J. Luxmore, Wes McCauley, Jon McIsaac, Dean Morton, Dan O’Rourke, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Kyle Rehman, Chris Rooney, Graham Skilliter, Justin St. Pierre and Ian Walsh, and linesmen Steve Barton, Matt MacPherson, Brian Mach, Tim Nowak, Bryan Pancich and Jay Sharrers.

• ECHL was represented for the 12th year in a row on the Stanley Cup champion in 2012 with Los Angeles Kings assistant coach Jamie Kompon, players Dwight King, Jordan Nolan and Jonathan Quick, manager of communications/broadcasting Jeremy Zager and scouts Steve Greeley, Mark Mullen and Mark Yannetti. Quick was named the recipient of the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the second consecutive year a former ECHL player won the award.. There were 43 former players and 13 coaches on the 16 teams competing in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the seventh year in a row that there have been at least 30 former ECHL players and the ninth consecutive season that over 25 players with ECHL experience have competed in the NHL postseason.

• Former ECHL broadcasters working in the NHL include John Ahlers and Steve Carroll of the Anaheim Ducks, Tom Callahan of the Nashville Predators, Dave Goucher of the Boston Bruins, Chris Kerber of the St. Louis Blues, Jack Michaels of the Edmonton Oilers, Dave Mishkin of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Bob McElligott of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

• Ryan Stanzel and Jeremy Zager, who were both recipients of the ECHL Media Relations Director of the Year award, are working in the communications department for the Minnesota Wild and the Los Angeles Kings, respectively. Former ECHL assistant director of communications Joe Siville works in the communications department for the Philadelphia Flyers.

• ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the American Hockey League in 2012-13 and for the past 23 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion.

• In the last seven seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 3,500 call-ups involving more than 1,800 players and in 2011-12 there were 10 times as many call-ups from the ECHL to the AHL than all other professional leagues.

• The ECHL averaged 4,281 fans per game in 2011-12, marking the eighth consecutive season and the 20th time in the last 22 years that the ECHL has averaged over 4,000 fans.

• Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.