ECHL Today – Oct. 24

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Dayton Bombers (1-0-0) at Johnstown Chiefs (2-1-0) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Dayton has won the last three meetings and is 76-45-19 all-time against Johnstown, including 7-2-1 in 2007-08.
• Johnstown ranks fourth in the ECHL on the power play at home with 26.3 percent (5-for-19).
• Defenseman Joe Van Culin has two assists in one game for the Bombers.
Ryan Garlock led the Chiefs against Dayton with seven assists and 11 points in 2007-08.

South Carolina Stingrays (1-0-0) and Florida Everblades (1-1-0) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Florida was 3-1-1 at home against South Carolina in 2007-08 and is 42-24-11 overall against the Stingrays.
• South Carolina leads the ECHL on the power play with 60.0 percent (3-for-5).
• Rookie defenseman Aaron Brocklehurst scored a goal for the Everblades on Oct. 17 in a 6-3 win over Charlotte.
Travis Morin led the Stingrays against Florida with seven assists and nine points in 2007-08.

Augusta Lynx (1-2-0) at Elmira Jackals (2-1-0) 7:35 p.m. ET
• This will be the first meeting between these two teams.
• Elmira has not given up a power-play goal in five tries at home this season.
• Augusta is 1-0-0 when tied after the first period.
• Jackals’ Rob McVicar is 1-0-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in one game.
• Lynx’s Matt Auffrey and Aaron Slattengren each have four points (2g-2a) in three games.

Cincinnati Cyclones (0-1-1) at Wheeling Nailers (2-0-0) 7:35 p.m. ET
• Wheeling won 7-5 against Cincinnati on Oct. 17 and is 1-0-0 this season and 28-19-4 overall against the Cyclones.
• Cincinnati is tied for the ECHL lead with two shorthand goals in two games.
• Wheeling’s Jordan Morrison had a goal and two assists on Oct. 17 against Cincinnati.
Thomas Beauregard leads the Cyclones against Wheeling with three goals and three points in one game.

Charlotte Checkers (1-1-0) at Mississippi Sea Wolves (1-1-0) 7 p.m. CT
• Mississippi was 2-1-0 at home against Charlotte in 2007-08 and is 6-7-0 overall against the Checkers.
• Charlotte ranks second in the ECHL on the penalty kill on the road with 88.9 percent (16-for-18).
Jeremy Hall leads the Sea Wolves with three assists and is tied for the team lead with three points.
• Checkers’ Jeff Jakaitis is 1-0-0 with a 1.00-goals-against average and a .972 save percentage in one game.

Alaska Aces (2-0-0) at Utah Grizzlies (1-0-0) 7:05 p.m. MT
• Utah was 2-1-0 at home against Alaska in 2007-08 to improve to 10-16-1 overall against the Aces.
• Alaska is out scoring their opponents 4-1 in the third period.
Ryan Kinasewich leads the Grizzlies with two points (1g-1a).
• Aces’ Alexandre Imbeault has four points (1g-3a) in two games.

Stockton Thunder (0-2-0) at Victoria Salmon Kings (1-2-0) 7:05 p.m. PT
• Victoria was 3-0-0 at home against Stockton in 2007-08 and is 13-2-5 overall against the Thunder.
• Stockton ranks third in the ECHL on the power play with 30.0 percent (3-for-10).
Chris St. Jacques leads the Salmon Kings with three assists and three points.
Cory Urquhart leads the Thunder with two goals and four points in two games.

Idaho Steelheads (1-0-1) at Phoenix RoadRunners (2-2-0) 7:05 p.m. PT
• Idaho won 3-1 at Phoenix on Wednesday to lead the season series 1-0-0 and improve to 20-8-1 overall.
• Phoenix is out scoring their opponents 6-3 in the second period.
Garett Bembridge (1g-1a) and Steve Gainey (2a) each had two points for the Steelheads against Phoenix.
Andrew Desjardins scored a goal for the RoadRunners on Wednesday against Idaho.

Ontario Reign (2-0-0) at Las Vegas Wranglers (0-2-1) 7:30 p.m. PT
• Ontario won 4-2 at Las Vegas on Thursday to lead the series 1-0-0.
• Las Vegas is out shooting their opponents 105-89.
Geoff Walker scored a goal and had two assists for the Reign on Thursday against Las Vegas.
Bret Tyler had two assists for the Wranglers on Thursday against Ontario.

Bakersfield Condors (1-1-0) at Fresno Falcons (1-0-0) 7:35 p.m. PT
• Fresno was 3-2-0 at home against Bakersfield in 2007-08 and is 21-16-8 overall against the Condors.
• Bakersfield is tied for sixth in the ECHL with 4.00 goals per game.
• Rookies Peter MacArthur and Mike Radja lead the Falcons with two points (1g-1a) apiece.
• Rookie Matt Pope leads the Condors with four points (3g-1a) in two games.

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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
• 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 23 teams playing 828 games in 16 states and British Columbia in 2008-09.
• The Reading Royals, the City of Reading and the Sovereign Center will host the 17th Annual ECHL All-Star Game on Jan. 21, 2009 and the 12th Annual All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 20, 2009.
• The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
• Affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League marking 12th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
361 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
• 105 have played their first NHL game in the last four seasons.
• Six former ECHL players have made their NHL debut this season: former Wheeling Nailers and ECHL All-Star defenseman Paul Bissonnette (Pittsburgh on Oct. 4), former Trenton Devils right wing Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (New Jersey on Oct. 22), former Charlotte Checkers defenseman Steve MacIntyre (Edmonton on Oct. 15), former Las Vegas Wranglers defenseman Adam Pardy (Calgary on Oct. 9), former Gwinnett Gladiators center Jared Ross (Philadelphia on Oct. 11) and former Dayton Bombers and Las Vegas Wranglers defenseman Tyler Sloan (Washington on Oct. 21).
• There were 72 former ECHL players on NHL opening-day rosters.
• Twenty-six former ECHL players made their NHL debut in 2007-08, including six who played in both the ECHL and the NHL as goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu (Alaska and St. Louis), Adam Berti (Pensacola and Chicago), Joe Jensen (Wheeling and Carolina), Dan LaCosta (Elmira and Columbus), Jonathan Quick (Reading and Los Angeles) and Danny Taylor (Reading and Los Angeles).
• Record 51 former ECHL players played their first NHL game in 2005-06.
• ECHL has been represented on last eight Stanley Cup champions.
• Former ECHL coaches working as head coaches in the NHL are Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals, Scott Gordon of the New York Islanders and Peter Laviolette of the Carolina Hurricanes. 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. Laviolette, who began his coaching career with the Wheeling Nailers, led Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup in 2006.
• There are 15 assistant coaches in the NHL who were players or coaches in the ECHL.
• There are 18 former ECHL officials scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2008-09 with referees David Banfield, Chris Ciamaga, Ghislain Hebert, Marc Joannette, Mike Leggo, Wes McCauley, Dean Morton, Dan O’Rourke, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Kyle Rehman, Chris Rooney, Justin St. Pierre and Ian Walsh and linesmen Steve Barton, Brian Mach, Tim Nowak and Jay Sharrers. Barton, Joannette, Leggo, McCauley, Nowak, Pollock, Rooney and Sharrers all worked the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
• ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey League and for the past 19 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion.
• In the last six 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.
• Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.