ECHL Today – Oct. 22

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South Carolina Stingrays (1-1-0) at Toledo Walleye (0-2-0)                                   7 p.m. ET

·     Matt Pope leads South Carolina with three points (1g-2a).

·     Evan Rankin (2g) and Michael Pelech (2a) lead Toledo with two points each.

·     South Carolina has scored three of its five goals in the second period.

·     Toledo is tied for fourth on the power play at 27.3 percent (3-for-11).

 

Florida Everblades (1-1-1) at Trenton Titans (0-2-0)                                               7:35 p.m. ET

·     Florida’s John Muse is tied for fourth with a .727 shootout percentage (8-for-11).

·     Rob Bordson leads Trenton with 10 shots on goal.

·     Everblades are fifth least penalized team with 13.33 penalty minutes per game.

·     Titans are second with 34.50 shots per game.

 

Greenville Road Warriors (0-3-0) at Gwinnett Gladiators (2-1-0)              7:05 p.m. ET

·     Jeff Prough leads Greenville with three goals.

·     Gwinnett’s Tyler Helfrich had four points (2g-2a) in Friday’s 6-1 win over Greenville.

·     Road Warriors are tied for sixth with 33.67 shots per game.

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

 

Cincinnati Cyclones (0-1-0) at Reading Royals (1-1-0)                                           7:05 p.m. ET

·     Garrett Wilson leads Cincinnati with one goal.

·     Reading’s Joe Palmer is fifth with a .955 save percentage.

·     Cyclones are first on the penalty kill at 100.0 percent (4-for-4).

·     Royals are 1-0-0 when scoring first.
 

Elmira Jackals (3-0-0) at Wheeling Nailers (2-0-0)                                     7:35 p.m. ET

·     Elmira’s Artem Demkov is on a three-game goal streak (4g).

·     Wheeling’s Patrick Killeen is tied for second with a 1.00 goals-against average.

·     Jackals are tied for first with 5.00 goals per game.

·     Nailers are tied for first with two shorthanded goals.

 

Kalamazoo Wings (2-0-0) at Chicago Express (1-0-0)                                             7:30 p.m. CT

·     Kalamazoo’s Elgin Reid is tied for first among defensemen with four points (0g-4a).

·     Blair Riley leads Chicago with four points (2g-2a).

·     K-Wings are 2-0-0 when leading after one period.

·     Express are playing their first home game at Sears Centre Arena.

 

Stockton Thunder (0-2-1) at Colorado Eagles (2-1-0)                                              7:05 p.m. MT

·     Stockton’s Gabriel Levesque is tied for first among rookies with five points (2g-3a).

·     Jack Combs leads Colorado against the Thunder with five points (4g-1a).

·     Thunder’s Olivier Roy is fourth with 82 saves.

·     Eagles have scored five of their nine goals in the third period.

 

Bakersfield Condors (2-2-0) at Las Vegas Wranglers (1-1-1)                                7:05 p.m. PT

·     Bakersfield’s Jesse Gimblett is third with six points (2g-4a).

·     Las Vegas’ Joe Fallon is fourth with a .958 save percentage.

·     Condors are 2-0-0 when leading after one period.

·     Wranglers are third on the penalty kill at 92.9 percent (13-for-14).

 

Idaho Steelheads (1-3-0) at Alaska Aces (4-0-0)                                                     7:15 p.m. AKT

·     Idaho’s Jimmy Spratt is first with 121 saves.

·     Alaska’s Chad Anderson is tied for third among defensemen with 10 shots.

·     Steelheads are tied for first with two shorthanded goals.

·     Aces are third with 1.25 goals-against per game.

 

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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.

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

Two ECHL players have made their NHL debut in 2011-12: former Toledo Storm and Reading Royals center Bracken Kearns (Florida on Oct. 20) and former Bakersfield Condors center Maxime Macenauer (Anaheim on Oct. 7).

• The ECHL has had 276 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.

• 213 ECHL players have played their first game in the last seven seasons for an average of more than 30 per year.

• ECHL had a record 81 players on NHL opening-day rosters in 2011-12, surpassing the 79 from 2010-11 and marking the ninth 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.

• 32 coaches with an ECHL background are working behind the benches of teams in the NHL in 2011-12 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.