ECHL Today – March 15

 

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Cincinnati Cyclones (33-20-6) at Wheeling Nailers (30-24-6)                                 7 p.m. ET 

·     Cincinnati’s Taylor Aronson is third among defensemen in plus-minus at +22.

·     Max MacKay leads Wheeling against the Cyclones with seven points (2g-5a).

·     Cyclones lead the league with 3.42 goals per game.

·     Nailers are 20-6-3 when scoring first.  

 

Gwinnett Gladiators (24-32-4) at South Carolina Stingrays (35-19-5)                    7:05 p.m. ET    

·     Gwinnett’s Joey Haddad is on a nine-game point streak since Feb. 23 (9g-8a).

·     Wayne Simpson leads South Carolina against the Gladiators with nine goals.

·     Gladiators are 18-0-0 when leading after two periods.

·     Stingrays are tied for the league lead with two shorthanded goals against.  

 

Elmira Jackals (22-29-8) at Reading Royals (37-20-2)                                           7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Elmira’s Jordan Pietrus is third with 199 shots on goal.

·     Reading’s Domenic Monardo is tied for first among rookies with 21 goals.

·     Jackals are league’s fourth-least penalized team with 13.54 penalty minutes per game.

·     Royals are 13-5-2 when leading after two periods.  

 

Kalamazoo Wings (36-18-5) at Toledo Walleye (18-35-4)                                       7:15 p.m. ET 

·     Kalamazoo’s Jordan Binnington is second among rookie goaltenders with a 2.32 goals-against average.

·     David Gilbert leads Toledo against the K-Wings with four goals and six points.

·     K-Wings lead the league with seven wins when trailing after two periods.

·     Walleye are first on the penalty kill at home at 90.9 percent (80-for-88).  

 

Florida Everblades (28-23-7) at Fort Wayne Komets (27-20-11)                            7:35 p.m. ET 

·     Florida’s Kyle Bonis is fourth among rookies with 19 goals.

·     Fort Wayne’s Brandon Marino leads the league with 73 points (23g-50a).

·     Everblades are third with 26.64 shots-against per game.

·     Komets are fifth on the penalty kill at home at 88.0 percent (88-for-10).  

 

Orlando Solar Bears (35-19-4) at Evansville IceMen (27-22-10)                           7:15 p.m. CT 

·     Orlando’s Blake Kessel is tied for second among defensemen with 16 power-play points (3g-13a).

·     Evansville’s Daultan Leveille had four points (2g-2a) in 7-1 win over Solar Bears on Friday.

·     Solar Bears are 20-7-3 when outshooting their opponent.

·     IceMen are fifth with 32.25 shots per game.  

 

Idaho Steelheads (31-23-7) at Bakersfield Condors (28-25-5)                                7 p.m. PT 

·     Idaho’s David de Kastrozza leads the league with five shorthanded goals.

·     Jordan Knackstedt leads Bakersfield against the Steelheads with eight points (4g-4a).

·     Steelheads are third on the power play at 18.5 percent (46-for-249).

·     Condors are 18-0-1 when leading after two periods.  

 

Utah Grizzlies (29-21-8) at Stockton Thunder (28-22-6)                                          7:30 p.m. PT 

·     David Vallorani leads Utah against the Thunder with five goals and 10 points.

·     Stockton’s Ryan Constant is tied for fifth among defensemen with 26 assists.

·     Grizzlies are third with 2.53 goals-against per game.

·     Thunder lead the league on the power play at 20.3 percent (47-for-231). 

 

Colorado Eagles (29-19-10) at Alaska Aces (38-17-5)                                            7:15 p.m. AKT 

·     Colorado’s Mark Nemec leads rookies in plus-minus at +33.

·     Alaska’s Brett Findlay is tied for seventh among rookies with 41 points (16g-25a).

·     Eagles are 20-4-6 when scoring first.

·     Aces lead the league with 2.25 goals-against per game.


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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.