ECHL Today - March 22
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Fort Wayne Komets (32-32-3) at Elmira Jackals (36-23-7) 7:05 p.m. ET
· Fort Wayne’s Brandon Marino is third with 50 assists.
· Elmira’s Jordon Southorn is tied for fourth among defensemen in plus-minus at +23.
· Komets are 20-3-1 when leading after two periods.
· Jackals are fourth with 3.47 goals per game.
Gwinnett Gladiators (41-25-3) at South Carolina Stingrays (35-25-8) 7:05 p.m. ET
· Gwinnett’s Doug Jones is fifth among rookies with 48 points (21g-27a).
· South Carolina’s Ryan Zapolski is third with 25 wins.
· Gladiators are fourth with 32.45 shots per game.
· Stingrays are second on the penalty kill at 84.8 percent (223-for-263).
Wheeling Nailers (29-26-11) at Trenton Titans (27-31-8) 7:05 p.m. ET
· Paul Crowder leads Wheeling against the Titans with seven goals and 11 points.
· Trenton’s Scott Wedgewood leads rookie goaltenders with 1,194 saves.
· Nailers are tied for third with five shorthanded goals against.
· Titans are 21-5-3 when scoring first.
Cincinnati Cyclones (40-19-8) at Florida Everblades (34-21-11) 7:30 p.m. ET
· Cincinnati’s David Pacan is tied for third among rookies with 52 points (14g-38a).
· Florida’s Mathieu Roy is tied for the league lead with 74 points (32g-42a).
· Cyclones have outscored their opponents 85-57 in the third period.
· Everblades lead the league with 14 shorthanded goals.
Toledo Walleye (34-24-9) at Kalamazoo Wings (32-28-6) 7:30 p.m. ET
· Toledo’s Wes O’Neill is fifth among defensemen with 11 goals.
· Kory Karlander leads Kalamazoo against the Walleye with nine points (5g-4a).
· Walleye lead the league with 33.97 shots per game.
· K-Wings are league’s least-penalized team with 12.85 penalty minutes per game.
Reading Royals (43-18-6) at Evansville IceMen (23-38-6) 7:15 p.m. CT
· Reading’s Riley Gill has allowed two goals or less in nine of his 10 games with the club.
· Evansville’s Daniel Tetrault is tied for third among defensemen with 36 points (12g-24a).
· Royals are second with 26.85 shots-against per game.
· IceMen are third on the power play at home at 23.3 percent (30-for-129).
Alaska Aces (46-15-7) at Colorado Eagles (33-28-6) 7:05 p.m. MT
· Alaska’s Nick Mazzolini is second with 35 goals.
· Chad Costello leads Colorado against the Aces with eight points (0g-8a).
· Aces are first on the penalty kill on the road at 87.9 percent (123-for-140).
· Eagles are tied for third with 11 shorthanded goals.
Ontario Reign (44-16-7) at Idaho Steelheads (42-18-7) 7:10 p.m. MT
· Ontario’s Derek Couture is tied for third with 13 power-play goals.
· Idaho’s Josh Robinson is second with a .925 save percentage.
· Reign are 36-2-6 when scoring first.
· Steelheads are first with 3.75 goals per game.
Las Vegas Wranglers (33-29-5) at Bakersfield Condors (21-42-6) 7 p.m. PT
· Eric Lampe leads Las Vegas against the Condors with five goals and 11 points.
· Bakersfield’s Brian Stewart is second with 1,298 saves.
· Wranglers are sixth with 2.70 goals-against per game.
· Condors are 15-1-1 when leading after two periods.
Stockton Thunder (34-26-9) at San Francisco Bulls (24-35-7) 7:15 p.m. PT
· Matt Reber leads Stockton against the Bulls with nine points (1g-8a).
· San Francisco’s Christian Ouellet is tied for first among rookies with four shorthanded points (2g-2a).
· Thunder are tied for fourth on the power play at 20.6 percent (70-for-339).
· Bulls are 12-2-3 when leading after two periods.
Kelly Cup Playoffs Update
Elmira can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Friday if:
Elmira wins AND Kalamazoo loses OR Elmira loses in overtime/shootout AND Kalamazoo loses in regulation
Florida can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Friday if:
Florida wins AND Kalamazoo loses OR Florida loses in overtime/shootout AND Kalamazoo loses in regulation
South Carolina can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Friday if:
South Carolina wins AND Kalamazoo loses in regulation
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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.
• 507 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 23 in 2011-12.
• 17 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 Trenton Devils goaltender Jeff Frazee (New Jersey on March 9), 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 South Carolina Stingrays center Steve Pinizzotto (Vancouver on March 14), 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 315 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.
• 251 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.
• 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.