ECHL Today – Oct. 23

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Augusta Lynx (2-0-0) at Charlotte Checkers (1-1-0) 7:05 ET
• Charlotte was 4-1-0 at home and 5-5-0 overall against Augusta in 2006-07.
• Augusta ranks eighth in the ECHL on the penalty kill with 89.5 percent (17-for-19).
Blake Bellefeuille leads the Checkers with three assists and five points in two games.
• Rookie Jeremy Schenderling leads Augusta with two goals and is tied for team lead with three points.

Alaska Aces (0-0-0) at Fresno Falcons (0-0-2) 7:00 PT
• Alaska was 5-2-0 against Fresno in 2006-07.
• Fresno’s Brady Leisenring scored game-tying shorthand goal in 3-2 overtime loss at Bakersfield Oct. 20.
Olivier Filion had 68 points (29g-39a) in 72 games with the Aces in 2006-07.
• Falcons’ Kris Mayotte is 0-0-2 with a 2.36 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.

Stockton Thunder (0-2-0) at Las Vegas Wranglers (2-0-0) 7:05 PT
• Las Vegas won 4-1 on Oct. 21 to improve to 10-2-0 all-time against the Thunder.
• Stockton has not given up a power-play goal on the road (13-for-13) this season.
Peter Ferraro leads the Wranglers against Stockton with two goals and three points.
Jesse Bennefield (1g-1a) and Brad Farynuk (1g-1a) lead the Thunder with two points in two games.

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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
• Affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League, marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
333 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
• There were 69 former ECHL players on NHL opening-day rosters and there have been 188 former ECHL players who have played their first game in the NHL in the past six seasons.
• Twenty-six former ECHL players made their NHL debut in 2006-07, including two who played in both the ECHL and the NHL as goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji played for Reading and Los Angeles while defenseman Bryan Young skated for Stockton and Edmonton. Dave McKee played for Augusta and dressed for five games as the backup goaltender for Stanley Cup champion Anaheim.
• Four former ECHL players have made their NHL debut this season: former Johnstown Chiefs and Fresno Falcons goaltender Dmitri Patzold (San Jose on Oct. 7), former San Diego goaltender Tyler Weiman (Colorado on Oct. 4), former Charlotte right wing Craig Weller (Phoenix on Oct. 4) and former Phoenix RoadRunners center Daniel Winnik (Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 4).
• Record 51 former ECHL players played their first NHL game in 2005-06.
• ECHL has been represented on last seven Stanley Cup champions.
• 14 Former ECHL coaches on NHL staffs.
• ECHL has been represented on last 18 Calder Cup champions.
• ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey League and for the past 18 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion.
• The Stockton Thunder and the City of Stockton will host the 16th Annual ECHL All-Star Game at Stockton Arena on Jan. 23, 2008 and the 11th Annual ECHL All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 22, 2008.
• In the last five seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 2,000 call-ups involving more than 1,000 players since 2002-03.
ECHL and its member teams contributed nearly $3 million for charity and relief funds in 2006-07.
• Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.