ECHL Today – Oct. 14

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Reading Royals at South Carolina Stingrays                                                           7:05 p.m. ET

·     Reading’s Larry Courville is 96-71-15 as head coach.

·     Spencer Carbery makes his head coaching debut for South Carolina.

·     Royals won first division title since 2004-05 last season.

·     South Carolina has advanced to postseason in 17 of its 18 seasons.

 

Gwinnett Gladiators at Florida Everblades                                                  7:30 p.m. ET

·     Gwinnett’s Andy Brandt was second on club last season with 19 goals.

·     Florida has advanced to Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of its 13 seasons.

·     Gladiators’ John Wroblewski makes his debut as team’s coach.

·     Everblades led the ECHL on the penalty kill in 2010-11 at 85.7 percent (281-for-328).

 

Trenton Titans at Elmira Jackals                                                                             7:35 p.m. ET

·     Trenton’s Dave Caruso holds ECHL record for most saves in a game with 67 (Oct. 29, 2010 vs. Gwinnett).

·     Pat Bingham, the 2004 ECHL Coach of the Year, enters his first season as head coach for Elmira.

·     Titans’ head coach Vince Williams was a defenseman on Trenton’s inaugural team in 1999-00.

·     Elmira led the ECHL in 2010-11 with 18 shorthanded goals.

 

Wheeling Nailers at Greenville Road Warriors                                                      7:35 p.m. ET

·     Wheeling defeated Greenville 4 games to 3 in 2011 Eastern Conference Semifinals.

·     Marc-Olivier Vallerand led Greenville in 2010-11 with 28 goals.

·     Nailers need five wins to become first ECHL team to reach 800 all-time wins.

·     Greenville was second in ECHL in 2010-11 with 2.67 goals-against per game.

 

Idaho Steelheads at Utah Grizzlies                                                                           7:05 p.m. MT

·     Idaho’s Marty Flichel has 421 points (159g-262a) in 437 career ECHL games.

·     Utah’s Kevin Colley is 95-89-32 in three season as team’s head coach.

·     Steelheads led the league last season with three shorthanded goals against.

·     Grizzlies are opening at home for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

 

Bakersfield Condors at Ontario Reign                                                                     7:05 p.m. PT

·     Bakersfield is 23-13-3 all-time against the Reign.

·     Ontario’s Dylan Yeo was ECHL Defenseman of the Year with Victoria in 2008-09.

·     Condors have advanced to Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of the last seven seasons.

·     Reign are opening at home for the first time in their four seasons.

 

Colorado Eagles at Stockton Thunder                                                                      7:30 p.m. ET

·     Eagles are playing their first season in the ECHL.

·     Stockton’s Kevin Baker was ECHL Most Valuable Player in 2008-09 with 102 points (57g-45a) in 70 games with Florida.

·     Colorado head coach Chris Stewart is 415-187-54 in 10 seasons as a professional coach.

·     Thunder’s Matt Thomas has led his team to Kelly Cup Playoffs in all seven seasons as head coach.

 

Las Vegas Wranglers at Alaska Aces                                                                      7:15 p.m. AKT

·     Las Vegas’ Joe Fallon was fourth in league last season with a 2.48 goals-against average.

·     Alaska’s Wes Goldie is second in ECHL history with 335 career goals.

·     Wranglers’ head coach Ryan Mougenel is 72-59-13 in two seasons.

·     Aces have won 40 or more games in six of their eight ECHL seasons.

 

 

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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts 

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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.

468 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 23 in 2010-11.

• The ECHL has had 275 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.

• 211 ECHL players have played their first game in the last six seasons for an average of more than 35 per year.

• ECHL had a record 79 players on NHL opening-day rosters in 2010-11, surpassing the 78 from 2009-10 and marking the eighth year in a row that there have been over 50 former ECHL players on opening-day rosters.

• Every ECHL team has an affiliation with an NHL team in 2010-11 and the league has affiliations with 27 of the 30 NHL teams, marking the 14th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.

• 31 coaches with an ECHL background were working behind the benches of teams in the NHL in 2010-11 including Washington Capitals 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, Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel and St. Louis Blues head coach Davis Payne. 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 2011 NHL All-Star Game by Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins, while former ECHL coaches Mike Haviland and Peter Laviolette served as coaches for the All-Star Game.  

• 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 and John Michael 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.

• ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the American Hockey League in 2010-11 and for the past 22 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion.

• 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.

• Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.