ECHL Today – Nov. 15

   

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Wheeling Nailers (4-5-1) at Elmira Jackals (3-6-0)                                     7:05 p.m. ET  

·     Wheeling’s Eric Hartzell made 37 saves to record first pro win and shutout in 1-0 win against Jackals on Thursday.

·     Artem Demkov leads Elmira with seven goals and nine points.

·     Nailers are 3-0-0 when scoring first.

·     Jackals are tied for first on the penalty kill at home at 100.0 percent (7-for-7).  

 

Florida Everblades (8-2-2) at Gwinnett Gladiators (4-8-0)                          7:05 p.m. ET  

·     Florida’s Brandon MacLean leads the league with four game-winning goals.

·     Evan Bloodoff leads Gwinnett with five goals and seven points.

·     Everblades are second with 4.17 goals per game.

·     Gladiators are 2-0-0 when leading after two periods.  

 

Reading Royals (6-3-0) at Kalamazoo Wings (2-4-1)                                              7:30 p.m. ET  

·     Reading’s Riley Gill is fourth with a 1.83 goals-against average.

·     Kalamazoo’s Sam Ftorek is fourth among defensemen with 27 shots on goal.

·     Royals have scored first in eight of their nine games (6-2-0).

·     K-Wings have scored 10 of their 20 goals in the third period.  

 

Greenville Road Warriors (4-7-0) at Cincinnati Cyclones (7-2-0)              7:35 p.m. ET  

·     Greenville’s Connor Knapp is third with a .936 save percentage.

·     Cincinnati’s Anthony Luciani is on a seven-game point streak since Oct. 19 (3g-6a).

·     Road Warriors are 3-0-0 when outshooting their opponent.

·     Cyclones lead the league with 4.22 goals per game.  

 

Toledo Walleye (4-5-1) at Fort Wayne Komets (3-4-2)                                           8 p.m. ET  

·     Toledo’s Mac Carruth is fourth with 227 saves.

·     Fort Wayne’s Mickey Lang is tied for the league lead with two shorthanded goals.

·     Walleye are third on the power play at 23.8 percent (10-for-42).

·     Komets are third with 33.78 shots per game.  

 

Orlando Solar Bears (7-4-1) at Evansville IceMen (6-1-1)                         7:15 p.m. CT  

·     Orlando’s Mike Ullrich is tied for third with 10 assists.

·     Evansville’s Mike Clemente is tied for second with six wins.

·     Solar Bears are second on the penalty kill at 92.7 percent (51-for-55).

·     IceMen are fifth with 26.13 shots-against per game.  

 

Idaho Steelheads (4-4-2) at San Francisco Bulls (4-5-1)                                         7:30 p.m. PT  

·     Idaho’s Mitch Wahl is tied for the league lead with five power-play assists.

·     Mark Lee leads San Francisco with eight points (3g-5a).

·     Steelheads are fifth on the power play at 19.0 percent (8-for-42).

·     Bulls are 4-0-1 in one-goal games.  

 

Ontario Reign (6-1-4) at Stockton Thunder (6-3-0)                                     7:30 p.m. PT  

·     Ontario’s Jake Newton is tied for first among defensemen with two power-play goals.

·     Stockton’s Andrew Clark is tied for fourth among rookies with 10 points (5g-5a).

·     Reign are 3-0-1 when leading after one period.

·     Thunder are first on the power play at home at 61.5 percent (8-for-13).  

 

Las Vegas Wranglers (3-7-0) at Alaska Aces (9-2-0)                                              7:15 p.m. AKT  

·     Las Vegas’ Jeff May is tied for the league lead among defensemen with nine points (5g-4a).

·     Tim Coffman leads Alaska against the Wranglers with six points (3g-3a).

·     Wranglers are 2-0-0 when tied after two periods.

·     Aces have outscored their opponents 19-1 in the second period.

 

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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 22 teams in 15 states in 2013-14.

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

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

• Nine ECHL players have made their NHL debuts in 2013-14: former Reading Royals forward Will Acton (Edmonton on Oct. 1), former Kalamazoo Wings left wing Darren Archibald (Vancouver on Oct. 25), 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 Cincinnati Cyclones goaltender Magnus Hellberg (Nashville on Oct. 26),former Greenville Road Warriors goaltender Cam Talbot (New York Rangers on Oct. 24) and former Ontario Reign goaltender Jeff Zatkoff (Pittsburgh on Oct. 11).

• The ECHL has had 329 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.

• 265 ECHL players have played their first game in the last nine seasons for an average of more than 29 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 27 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.

• 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 Dan Bylsma, New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano, Florida Panthers interim head coach Peter Horachek and Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel. It is the ninth 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.

• 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 27 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.