ECHL Today – Oct. 15

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Gwinnett Gladiators (0-1-0) at Florida Everblades (1-0-0) 7 p.m. ET
• Gwinnett’s
Andy Brandt had two points (1g-1a) in Friday’s game at Florida.
• Florida’s
Mike McKenzie had eight shots on goal on Friday.
• Gladiators were 1-for-2 on the power play last night.
• Everblades’
Chris Murray scored a power-play goal on Friday.

Chicago Express (0-0-0) at Toledo Walleye (0-0-0) 7 p.m. ET
• Chicago is playing its inaugural season in the ECHL.
• Toledo’s Thomas McCollum was one of four players to play in both the ECHL and NHL last season.
• Express head coach
Steve Martinson is 166-89-33 in four ECHL seasons.
• Walleye have drawn over 214,000 fans in each of their first two seasons.

Reading Royals (0-0-1) at Greenville Road Warriors (0-1-0) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Reading goaltender Mark Owuya made 41 saves last night.
Jeff Prough scored Greenville’s lone goal on Friday.
Olivier Labelle and Yannick Riendeau each had a goal and an assist for Reading last night.
• Road Warriors were 1-for-4 on the power play on Friday.

Wheeling Nailers (1-0-0) at South Carolina Stingrays (1-0-0) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Wheeling’s Mikael Bedard scored two goals in last night’s 6-1 win at Greenville.
• South Carolina’s
Maxime Lacroix had three assists in Friday’s 4-3 overtime win against Reading.
• Nailers’ Zach Torquato was a league-best +4 last night.
• Stingrays were 2-for-5 on the power on Friday.

Cincinnati Cyclones (0-0-0) at Kalamazoo Wings (0-0-0) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Cincinnati’s Mathieu Aubin was tied for second on club last year with 19 goals.
• Kalamazoo’s Trent Davvettila tied for the league lead last year in plus-minus with +28.
• Cyclones have advanced to Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of the last five seasons.
• K-Wings have won North Division championship in each of their two seasons in ECHL.

Trenton Titans (0-1-0) at Elmira Jackals (1-0-0) 7:35 p.m. ET
Rob Bordson led Trenton on Friday with seven shots on goal.
Evan Barlow tied a Jackals’ team record with six points (3g-3a) on Friday.
• Trenton’s
Randy Rowe has 450 points (202g-248a) in 501 career ECHL games.
Mike Radja scored two goals for Elmira last night.

Stockton Thunder (0-1-0) at Ontario Reign (0-1-0) 6 p.m. PT
• Stockton’s Gabriel Levesque scored two goals on Friday.
• Francois Brisebois (1g-1a) and
Dylan Yeo (2a) each had two points for Ontario on Friday.
• Thunder’s
Kevin Baker has 297 points (141g-156a) in 250 career ECHL games.
J.D. Watt led Ontario last night with eight shots on goal.

Utah Grizzlies (0-1-0) at Idaho Steelheads (1-0-0) 7:10 p.m. MT
John Armstrong scored Utah’s lone goal last night.
Jimmy Spratt made 30 saves in Idaho’s 4-1 over the Grizzlies last night.
• Grizzlies’
John Negrin led the club with seven shots on goal on Friday.
• Idaho went 2-for-7 on the power play on Friday.

Colorado Eagles (1-0-0) at Bakersfield Condors (1-0-0) 7 p.m. PT
• Colorado’s Kyle Jones made 37 saves in a 5-2 win at Stockton on Friday.
• Bakersfield’s
Michael Gergen score game-winning goal in 5-4 win at Ontario on Friday.
Michael Forney scored Colorado’s first ECHL goal last night.
• Condors went 2-for-6 on the power play on Friday.

Las Vegas Wranglers (0-0-1) at Alaska Aces (1-0-0) 7:15 p.m. AKT
Scott Campbell scored lone goal for Las Vegas in 2-1 shootout loss to Aces last night.
• Alaska’s
Chris Bruton scored first professional goal last night.
Judd Blackwater led Las Vegas last night with five shots on goal.
• Aces’
Gerald Coleman, the 2011 ECHL Goaltender of the Year, made 25 saves last night.

 

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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.

• 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 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 25 of the 30 teams in the American Hockey League in 2011-12 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.