ECHL Today – Oct. 25

Wheeling Nailers (0-2-0) at Johnstown Chiefs (1-1-0) 7:05 p.m. ET
* Jean Desrochers had a hat trick in season opener and leads Johnstown with three goals and four points.
* Nailers were 9-2-1 against Johnstown in 2005-06 and are 71-41-14 all time against the Chiefs.
* Zbynek Hrdel leads the Chiefs with three assists and is tied for the team lead with four points.
* Kurtis McLean leads Wheeling with three assists and three points.

Idaho Steelheads (2-0-0) at Victoria Salmon Kings (0-2-0) 7:05 p.m. PT
* Salmon Kings closed out last season going 3-1-1 at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
* Idaho continues season-opening five-game road trip before hosting Utah in home opener on Nov. 3.
* Victoria has won the last two meetings with Idaho and was 5-3-0 against the Steelheads in 2005-06.
* Steelheads’ Steve Silverthorn is 2-0-0 and tied for the ECHL lead in wins.

Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
* Affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League marking 10th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
* 305 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
* 159 have made their NHL debut in the last five seasons, including goaltenders Joey MacDonald and Mike Smith this season and a record 47 in 2005-06.
* ECHL has been represented on last six Stanley Cup champions.
* Two NHL head coaches (Peter Laviolette & Jim Playfair) and 9 assistant coaches have ECHL experience.
* Affiliations with 24 of the 27 teams in the American Hockey League.
* ECHL has been represented on last 17 Calder Cup champions.
* For each of the past four seasons, ECHL has had more players called up to AHL than all other professional leagues combined. From 2002-06 the ECHL had 1,646 call ups, involving almost 1,000 players, including 416 call ups involving 263 players last season.
* Idaho Steelheads and City of Boise will host the 15th Annual ECHL All-Star Game presented by Rbk Hockey on Jan. 17 and the 10th Annual ECHL All-Star Skills Competition presented by Rbk Hockey on Jan. 16 at Qwest Arena.
* ECHL and its member teams contributed more than $2.3 million for charity and relief funds in 2005-06.