ECHL Today – March 14

  

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Reading Royals (37-19-2) at Wheeling Nailers (29-24-6)                                       7 p.m. ET

·     Ryan Cruthers leads Reading against the Nailers with 15 points (5g-10a).

·     Wheeling’s Sahir Gill is third among rookies with 31 assists.

·     Royals are 20-5-1 against Atlantic Division opponents.

·     Nailers are tied for fifth with 10 shorthanded goals.  

 

Cincinnati Cyclones (32-20-6) at Elmira Jackals (22-28-8)                         7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Anthony Luciani leads Cincinnati against the Jackals with three goals and seven points.

·     Elmira’s Ludwig Karlsson is tied for second among rookies with four game-winning goals.

·     Cyclones are league’s least-penalized team with 11.12 penalty minutes per game.

·     Jackals are 14-4-3 against North Division opponents.  

 

South Carolina Stingrays (35-18-5) at Gwinnett Gladiators (23-32-4)                    7:05 p.m. ET 

·     South Carolina’s Peter Boyd is tied for the league lead with six game-winning goals.

·     Maxime Legault leads Gwinnett against the Stingrays with five goals.

·     Stingrays lead the league with 2.26 goals-against per game.

·     Gladiators are fourth on the penalty kill at 86.1 percent (192-for-223).  

 

Kalamazoo Wings (35-18-5) at Toledo Walleye (18-34-4)                                       7:15 p.m. ET 

·     Kalamazoo’s Matt Caria is second among rookies with 20 goals.

·     David Gilbert leads Toledo against the K-Wings with six points (4g-2a).

·     K-Wings are 20-8-5 in one-goal games.

·     Walleye are third on the power play at 18.4 percent (39-for-212).  

 

Florida Everblades (28-22-7) at Fort Wayne Komets (26-20-11)                            8:05 p.m. ET 

·     Florida’s Brandon MacLean is second in the league with four shorthanded goals.

·     Fort Wayne’s Jace Coyle is second among defensemen with 156 shots on goal.

·     Everblades are fourth with 3.23 goals per game.

·     Komets are third with 32.98 shots per game.  

 

Orlando Solar Bears (35-18-4) at Evansville IceMen (26-22-10)                           7:15 p.m. CT 

·     Orlando’s Mickey Lang leads the league with 37 goals.

·     Evansville’s Matt Schepke is second in the league with 205 shots on goal.

·     Solar Bears have outscored their opponents 71-47 in the first period.

·     IceMen are fourth on the power play at home at 20.0 percent (23-for-115).  

 

Idaho Steelheads (30-23-7) at Bakersfield Condors (28-24-5)                                7 p.m. PT 

·     Idaho’s Taylor Vause is second in the league with a 27.0 percent shooting percentage (10-for-37).

·     Bakersfield’s Laurent Brossoit leads the league with seven shutouts.

·     Steelheads have scored a league high 72 goals in the third period.

·     Condors are fourth with 26.79 shots-against per game.  

 

Las Vegas Wranglers (15-35-6) at Ontario Reign (37-17-5)                                   7 p.m. PT 

·     Chad Nehring leads Las Vegas against the Reign with four goals and eight points.

·     Ontario’s Matt White is third among rookies with 46 points (17g-29a).

·     Wranglers are 7-1-4 when leading after two periods.

·     Reign lead the league with nine wins when trailing after one period (9-7-3).  

 

Utah Grizzlies (29-20-8) at Stockton Thunder (27-22-6)                                          7:30 p.m. PT 

·     Utah’s Igor Bobkov is sixth with a 2.18 goals-against average.

·     Ryan Hayes leads Stockton against the Grizzlies with three goals.

·     Grizzlies are an ECHL best 22-6-5 since Dec. 27.

·     Thunder lead the league on the power play at 20.0 percent (45-for-225).  

 

Colorado Eagles (29-18-10) at Alaska Aces (37-17-5)                                            7:15 p.m. AKT 

·     Colorado’s Dustin Butler made 40 saves on Thursday to record first pro shutout in 2-0 win over Aces.

·     Alaska’s Peter Sivak is second in the league with 69 points (24g-45a).

·     Eagles are fifth on the power play on the road at 18.1 percent (17-for-94).

·     Aces lead the league in shots per game (33.66) and shots-against per game (25.63).

 

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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts 

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• The ECHL celebrated 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 21 teams in 15 states in 2013-14. 

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

529 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 22 in 2012-13. 

• 17 ECHL players have made their NHL debuts in 2013-14: former Reading Royals Will Acton (Edmonton on Oct. 1), former Kalamazoo Wings left wing Darren Archibald (Vancouver on Oct. 25), former Columbia Inferno, Charlotte Checkers, Greenville Road Warriors and Reading Royals defenseman Julien Brouillette (Washington on Feb. 6), former Colorado Eagles defensemen Ben Chiarot (Winnipeg on Nov. 2) former San Francisco Bulls left wing Jamie Devane (Toronto on Oct. 5), former Idaho Steelheads left wing Luke Gazdic (Edmonton on Oct. 1), former Toledo Walleye center Luke Glendening (Detroit on Oct. 12), former Wheeling Nailers defenseman Alex Grant (Anaheim on Nov. 30), former Cincinnati Cyclones goaltender Magnus Hellberg (Nashville on Oct. 26), former Ontario Reign goaltender Martin Jones (Los Angeles on Dec. 3), former Alaska Aces goaltender Joni Ortio (Calgary on Feb. 27), former Wheeling Nailers defenseman Philip Samuelsson (Pittsburgh on Dec. 16), former Wheeling Nailers center Zach Sill (Pittsburgh on Nov. 16), former Toledo Walleye goaltender Kent Simpson (Chicago on Dec. 14), former Greenville Road Warriors goaltender Cam Talbot (New York Rangers on Oct. 24), former Reading Royals defenseman Patrick Wey (Washington on Dec. 7) and former Ontario Reign goaltender Jeff Zatkoff (Pittsburgh on Oct. 11).

• Two players have played in the ECHL and NHL in 2013-14: Joni Ortio with Alaska and Calgary and Patrick Wey with Reading and Washington.

• The ECHL has had 337 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. 

• 273 ECHL players have played their first game in the last nine seasons for an average of more than 30 per year. 

• ECHL had a record 93 players on NHL opening-day rosters in 2013-14, surpassing the 87 from 2012-13 and marking the 11th year in a row that there have been over 50 former ECHL players on opening-day rosters.

• ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 30 NHL teams in 2013-14, marking the 17th consecutive season that the league has affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. 

• 29 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 Dan Bylsma, New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano and Florida Panthers interim head coach Peter Horachek. It is the ninth consecutive season that there have been 11 or more coaches with an ECHL background working in the NHL.

• 27 former ECHL officials are scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2013-14 with referees Darcy Burchell, Francis Charron, Tom Chmielewski, 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 13th year in a row on the Stanley Cup champion in 2013 with Chicago Blackhaws assistant coach Jamie Kompon, players Sheldon Brookbank and Daniel Carcillo, vice president/assistant to the president Al MacIsaac, director of pro scouting Ryan Stewart and general manager of minor league affiliations Mark Bernard. The ECHL was represented by 53 former players and 18 coaches on the 16 teams competing in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the eighth year in a row that there have been at least 30 former ECHL players and the 10th 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, 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 26 of the 30 teams in the American Hockey League in 2013-14 and for the past 24 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup champion

• In the last nine seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined 4,000 with over call-ups involving more than 2,100 players and in 2012-13 there were 10 times as many call-ups from the ECHL to the AHL than all other professional leagues. 

• The ECHL averaged 4,695 fans per game in 2012-13, the highest single-season average since 1999-2000, and marking the ninth consecutive season and the 21st time in the last 23 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.