ECHL Today – March 28

 

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Gwinnett Gladiators (26-35-5) at Greenville Road Warriors (36-22-5)                  7 p.m. ET  

·     Kurtis Bartliff leads Gwinnett against the Road Warriors with five goals.

·     Greenville’s Josh Nicholls is on a 13-game point streak since Feb. 17 (10g-8a).

·     Gladiators are 19-0-0 when leading after two periods.

·     Road Warriors are first on the power play at home at 21.8 percent (22-for-101).  

 

Toledo Walleye (19-38-5) at Wheeling Nailers (33-25-6)                                        7 p.m. ET  

·     Toledo’s Brett Perlini has eight points (6g-2a) in his last 10 games.

·     Wheeling’s Cody Sylvester is tied for second among rookies with 24 goals.

·     Walleye are first on the power play on the road at 21.4 percent (25-for-117).

·     Nailers are 12-4-6 in one-goal games.  

 

Elmira Jackals (22-33-8) at Reading Royals (40-21-3)                                           7:05 p.m. ET  

·     Elmira’s Jordan Pietrus is third in the league with 208 shots on goal.

·     Reading’s Domenic Monardo leads rookies with 25 goals.

·     Jackals are 17-0-3 when leading after two periods.

·     Royals are third on the penalty kill at 86.0 percent (185-for-215).  

 

Fort Wayne Komets (30-23-11) at South Carolina Stingrays (38-20-6)                  7:05 p.m. ET  

·     Fort Wayne’s Brandon Marino leads the league with 54 assists and 78 points.

·     South Carolina’s Jeff Jakaitis leads the league with a 2.03 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage.

·     Komets are second with 33.36 shots per game.

·     Stingrays are 24-0-2 when leading after one period.  

 

Cincinnati Cyclones (36-21-6) at Florida Everblades (32-25-7)                              7:30 p.m. ET  

·     Cincinnati’s Brian Nugent is third among rookies with a 20.6 percent shooting percentage (13-for-63).

·     Florida’s Rob Kwiet is tied for fifth among defensemen with 34 points (8g-26a).

·     Cyclones are league’s least-penalized team with 11.33 penalty minutes per game.

·     Everblades are third with 3.30 goals per game.  

 

Utah Grizzlies (33-22-8) at Colorado Eagles (31-21-11)                                          7:05 p.m. MT  

·     Utah’s Igor Bobkov is second in the league with a 2.04 goals-against average.

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

·     Grizzlies are fifth with 27.10 shots-against per game.

·     Eagles are fifth on the power play at 17.7 percent (42-for-237).  

 

Ontario Reign (40-17-7) at Bakersfield Condors (30-29-5)                         7 p.m. PT  

·     Ontario’s Maxim Kitsyn is on a nine-game point streak since March 5 (6g-6a).

·     Gary Steffes leads Bakersfield against the Reign with five goals.

·     Reign are 24-4-3 when scoring first.

·     Condors are fourth with 27.05 shots-against per game.  

 

Alaska Aces (42-17-6) at Las Vegas Wranglers (18-38-7)                                      7:05 p.m. PT 

·     Brendan Connolly leads Alaska against the Wranglers with 13 points (2g-11a).

·     Adam Hughesman leads Las Vegas with 20 goals and 41 points.

·     Aces are 24-7-2 against Pacific Division opponents.

·     Wranglers are tied for sixth with four shorthanded goals at home.  

 

Idaho Steelheads (34-25-7) at Stockton Thunder (29-27-6)                                    7:30 p.m. PT  

·     Idaho’s Mitch Wahl leads the league with 27 power-play points (4g-23a).

·     Ryan Constant leads Stockton against the Steelheads with seven points (3g-4a).

·     Steelheads have outscored their opponents 82-59 in the third period.

·     Thunder lead the league on the power play at 19.8 percent (52-for-262).

 

Kelly Cup Playoffs Update:

Reading can clinch a berth in Kelly Cup Playoffs on Friday if:

Reading wins AND Fort Wayne loses in regulation OR Florida loses in regulation

Alaska can clinch the Mountain Division title on Friday if:

Alaska wins OR Alaska loses in overtime/shootout OR Utah loses

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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.

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

• 19 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 Greenville Road Warriors goaltender Nathan Lieuwen (Buffalo on March 16) 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), former Cincinnati Cyclones forward Garrett Wilson (Florida on March 18) and former Ontario Reign goaltender Jeff Zatkoff (Pittsburgh on Oct. 11).

• Three players have played in the ECHL and NHL in 2013-14: Magnus Hellberg with Cincinnati and Nashville, Joni Ortio with Alaska and Calgary and Patrick Wey with Reading and Washington.

• The ECHL has had 339 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. 

• 275 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.