ECHL Today - March 24
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South Carolina Stingrays (35-26-7) at Florida Everblades (36-25-7) 7 p.m. ET
· South Carolina’s Andrew Cherniwchan scored his first two professional goals on Friday.
· Florida’s Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll is on an eight-game point streak since March 10 (7g-4a).
· Stingrays are second with 2.47 goals-against per game.
· Everblades are first on the power play at home at 25.6 percent (34-for-133).
Elmira Jackals (41-22-4) at Toledo Walleye (28-33-6) 7 p.m. ET
· Elmira’s Dustin Gazley leads the league with 79 points (23g-56a).
· Toledo’s Joey Martin is tied for seventh among rookies with 46 points (19g-27a).
· Jackals are 23-8-4 in one-goal games.
· Walleye are 15-2-3 when leading after two periods.
Reading Royals (32-3-8-7) at Trenton Titans (21-37-9) 7 p.m. ET
· Reading’s Olivier Labelle is tied for the league lead with 13 power-play goals.
· Royals are tied for third with 10 shorthanded goals.
· Titans are seventh on the power play at 18.8 percent (52-for-277).
Gwinnett Gladiators (39-18-11) at Greenville Road Warriors (40-22-6) 7:05 p.m. ET
· Pat Galivan leads Gwinnett with 24 goals.
· Justin Bowers leads Greenville against the Gladiators with 16 points (3g-13a).
· Gladiators are 26-7-3 when scoring first.
· Road Warriors have outscored their opponents 71-50 in the first period.
Wheeling Nailers (35-24-8) at Cincinnati Cyclones (32-26-9) 7:35 p.m. ET
· Peter Lenes leads Wheeling against the Cyclones with nine points (3g-6a).
· Cincinnati’s Alain Goulet is on a five-game point streak since March 16 (0g-6a).
· Nailers are tied for first on the penalty kill on the road at 85.6 percent (125-for-146).
· Cyclones are tied for third with five shorthanded goals against.
Kalamazoo Wings (35-24-8) at Chicago Express (30-26-11) 7:30 p.m. CT
· Kalamazoo’s Nick Sirota is on a five-game goal streak since March 14 (5g).
· Pierre-Luc Faubert leads Chicago with 19 goals.
· K-Wings are first with 3.63 goals per game.
· Express are 21-1-4 when leading after two periods.
Alaska Aces (42-16-9) at Ontario Reign (40-19-8) 6 p.m. PT
· Dan Kissel leads Alaska against the Reign with seven goals and 10 points.
· Ontario’s Tristan King is on a nine-game point streak since Feb. 19 (2g-10a).
· Aces are league’s least-penalized team with 13.01 penalty minutes per game.
· Reign are 30-4-6 when scoring first.
Colorado Eagles (35-26-6) at Utah Grizzlies (31-32-6) 7:05 p.m. MT
· Colorado’s Aaron Schneekloth leads defensemen with 19 goals and 59 points.
· Paul McIlveen leads Utah against the Eagles with five goals.
· Eagles are fifth on the power play at 20.8 percent (54-for-260).
· Grizzlies are 17-1-2 when leading after two periods.
Idaho Steelheads (28-31-9) at Las Vegas Wranglers (40-22-6) 7:05 p.m. PT
· Idaho’s Jerry Kuhn leads the league with 3,229 minutes played and 1,922 saves.
· Judd Blackwater leads Las Vegas against the Steelheads with 13 points (5g-8a).
· Steelheads are 14-2-6 when leading after two periods.
· Wranglers are second with four shorthanded goals against.
Bakersfield Condors (23-38-7) at Stockton Thunder (32-31-5) 7:30 p.m. PT
· Peter Boyd leads Bakersfield against the Thunder with six goals and 11 points.
· Stockton’s Gabriel Levesque leads rookies with a 22.9 percent shooting percentage (8-for-35).
· Condors are 14-5-3 when scoring first.
· Thunder are 20-0-1 when leading after two periods.
368 – Rod Taylor (Hampton Roads, Richmond, Roanoke, South Carolina, Peoria, Toledo – 1991-2003)
– Wes Goldie (Pee Dee, Victoria, Alaska – 1999-2004, 2006-Present)
Kelly Cup Playoffs Update
Kalamazoo can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday if:
Kalamazoo wins in regulation/overtime AND Reading loses in regulation
Wheeling can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday if:
Wheeling wins in regulation/overtime AND Chicago loses AND Reading loses
South Carolina can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday if:
South Carolina wins in regulation/overtime AND Chicago loses in regulation AND Reading loses in regulation
Florida can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday if:
Florida wins OR Chicago loses in regulation AND Reading loses in regulation
Elmira can clinch the Atlantic Division championship on Saturday if:
Elmira wins AND Wheeling loses OR Elmira loses in overtime/shootout AND Wheeling loses in regulation
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• The ECHL celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2007-08 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 20 teams in 16 states in 2011-12.
• The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
• 488 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 23 in 2010-11.
• 21 ECHL players have made their NHL debut in 2011-12: former Florida Everblades center Mike Angelidis (Tampa Bay on Jan. 24), former Victoria Salmon Kings defenseman Jordie Benn (Dallas on Jan. 3), former Bakersfield Condors and Elmira Jackals defenseman Stu Bickel (New York Rangers on Dec. 20), former Greenville Road Warriors defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon (Philadelphia on Nov. 21), former South Carolina Stingrays defenseman Joe Finley (Buffalo on Dec. 2), Cincinnati Cyclones goaltender Brian Foster (Florida on Feb. 4), former Victoria Salmon Kings defenseman Kris Fredheim (Minnesota on Nov. 17), former Gwinnett Gladiators center Ryan Garbutt (Dallas on Feb. 18), former Elmira Jackals center Mike Hoffman (Ottawa on Dec. 23), former Victoria Salmon Kings goaltender Leland Irving (Calgary on Dec. 16), former Toledo Storm and Reading Royals center Bracken Kearns (Florida on Oct. 20), Stockton Thunder center Milan Kytnar (Edmonton on Jan. 11), former Bakersfield Condors center Maxime Macenauer (Anaheim on Oct. 7), former Ontario Reign center Jordan Nolan (Los Angeles on Feb. 11), former Idaho Steelheads center and two-time ECHL All-Star Greg Rallo (Florida on Dec. 18), former Cincinnati Cyclones center Ryan Russell (Columbus on Jan. 7), former Reading Royals goaltender Ben Scrivens (Toronto on Nov. 3), former Cincinnati Cyclones defenseman Frederic St. Denis (Montreal on Nov. 16), former Ontario Reign defenseman Colten Teubert (Edmonton on Nov. 3), former Wheeling Nailers goaltender Brad Thiessen (Pittsburgh on Feb. 26) and former Las Vegas Wranglers right wing Matt Watkins (Phoenix on Feb. 21).
• Four players have played in the ECHL and NHL in 2011-12: Brian Foster with Cincinnati and Florida, Milan Kytnar with Stockton and Edmonton, Peter Mannino with Chicago and Winnipeg and Allen York with Chicago and Columbus.
• The ECHL has had 296 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.
• 232 ECHL players have played their first game in the last seven seasons for an average of more than 33 per year.
• ECHL had a record 81 players on NHL opening-day rosters in 2011-12, surpassing the 79 from 2010-11 and marking the ninth 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, marking the 15th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
• 31 coaches with an ECHL background are working behind the benches of teams in the NHL in 2011-12 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.
• 22 former ECHL officials are scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2011-12 with referees David Banfield, Francis Charron, Ghislain Hebert, Jean Hebert, Marc Joannette, Mike Leggo, Wes McCauley, Dean Morton, Dan O’Rourke, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Kyle Rehman, Chris Rooney, Justin St. Pierre, Graham Skilliter and Ian Walsh, and linesmen Steve Barton, Brian Mach, Matt MacPherson, Tim Nowak, Bryan Pancich and Jay Sharrers.
• ECHL was represented for the 11th year in a row on the Stanley Cup champion with Boston Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward, players Rich Peverley, Michael Ryder and Tim Thomas, radio broadcaster Dave Goucher and scout Tom McVie. Thomas is the first former ECHL player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. There were 34 former players and 19 coaches on the 16 teams competing in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the sixth year in a row that there have been at least 30 former ECHL players and the eighth consecutive season that over 25 players with ECHL experience have competed in the NHL postseason.
• Former Hampton Roads Admirals left wing Andrew Brunette became the first ECHL alum to play in 1,000 regular-season NHL games when he reached the milestone with the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 1, 2011.
• Former ECHL and current Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was the recipient of the Vezina Trophy as the top goaltender in the NHL in 2010-11, marking the second time he has won the award in the past three seasons. Thomas set a single-season NHL record with a .938 save percentage.
• Former ECHL player and current Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma was the recipient of the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year in 2010-11.
• ECHL was represented in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game by Dan Girardi of the New York Rangers, Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings and Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.
• 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 and Kelly Murray are now with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Washington Capitals, respectively, while former ECHL director of communications Jason Rothwell is the creative director for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
• In the last seven seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 3,000 call-ups involving more than 1,600 players and in 2010-11 there were 10 times as many call-ups from the ECHL to the AHL than all other professional leagues.
• The ECHL averaged 4,339 fans per game in 2010-11, marking the seventh consecutive season and the 19th time in the last 21 years that the ECHL has averaged over 4,000 fans.