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ECHL Today - Nov. 8

 

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Gwinnett Gladiators (1-7-0) at Greenville Road Warriors (3-5-0)             7 p.m. ET 

·     Gwinnett’s Chris Rawlings is third with a .857 shootout save percentage (6-for-7).

·     Jordie Johnston leads Greenville with five goals and eight points.

·     Gladiators have scored seven of their 17 goals in the second period.

·     Road Warriors are 2-0-0 when outshooting their opponent.  

 

Evansville IceMen (5-1-0) at South Carolina Stingrays (8-0-1)                              7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Matt Lowry leads Evansville with three goals.

·     South Carolina’s Chad Painchaud is tied for third with three power-play goals.

·     IceMen are fifth with 2.33 goals-against per game.

·     Stingrays are league’s least-penalized team with 11.44 penalty minutes per game.  

 

Elmira Jackals (2-5-0) at Florida Everblades (8-0-1)                                               7:30 p.m. ET 

·     Elmira’s Artem Demkov is on a five-game goal streak since Oct. 26 (6g).

·     Florida’s Matthew Pistilli leads the league with eight goals.

·     Jackals are tied for fourth with 32.57 shots per game.

·     Everblades have outscored their opponents 12-4 in the first period.  

 

Cincinnati Cyclones (6-0-0) at Kalamazoo Wings (2-3-1)                                        7:30 p.m. ET 

·     Cincinnati’s Wade Megan has had two goals and an assist in each of his last three games.

·     Kalamazoo’s Sam Ftorek is third among defensemen with 24 shots on goal.

·     Cyclones lead the league with 4.67 goals per game.

·     K-Wings have scored seven of their 15 goals in the third period.  

 

Wheeling Nailers (2-3-1) at Fort Wayne Komets (2-3-2)                                        8:05 p.m. ET 

·     Wheeling’s Cody Sylvester is tied for fourth with a 37.5 percent shooting percentage (3-for-8).

·     Fort Wayne’s Mickey Lang is tied for the league lead with four power-play goals.

·     Nailers are 2-0-0 when scoring first.

·     Komets are second with 34.29 shots per game.  

 

Stockton Thunder (4-2-0) at Colorado Eagles (6-2-0)                                              7:05 p.m. MT 

·     Stockton’s Mike Dalhuisen is tied for second among defensemen with three goals.

·     Colorado’s Marc Cheverie is third with a 1.25 goals-against average.

·     Thunder are second on the penalty kill at 95.2 percent (20-for-21).

·     Eagles are fifth with 3.50 goals per game.  

 

Ontario Reign (4-0-3) at Utah Grizzlies (1-3-2)                                                        7:05 p.m. MT 

·     Ontario’s Michael Hutchinson is tied for the league lead with two shutouts.

·     Utah’s Brent Gwidt is third among rookies with 29 shots on goal.

·     Reign defeated Utah 4 games to 0 in 2013 Western Conference Quarterfinals.

·     Grizzlies are tied for first on the penalty kill at home at 100.0 percent (17-for-17). 
 

 

Alaska Aces (8-1-0) at Idaho Steelheads (3-3-1)                                                     7:10 p.m. MT 

·     Alaska’s Tim Coffman is on a seven-game point streak since Oct. 25 (3g-8a).

·     Idaho’s William Rapuzzi is tied for third among rookies with eight points (1g-7a).

·     Aces have shutouts in three consecutive games and in five of nine games this season.

·     Steelheads are 3-0-1 in one-goal games. 

 

Bakersfield Condors (0-6-1) at San Francisco Bulls (2-5-1)                                    7:30 p.m. PT 

·     Jordan Knackstedt leads Bakersfield with two goals.

·     San Francisco’s Tyler Beskorowany is third with 201 saves.

·     Condors are 12 for their last 13 (92.3 percent) on the penalty kill.

·     Bulls are last ECHL team to hold their home opener.


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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.