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ECHL Today - Oct. 25

 

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South Carolina Stingrays (1-0-1) at Greenville Road Warriors (2-0-0)                  7 p.m. ET 

·     South Carolina’s Jeff Jakaitis is fifth with 53 saves.

·     Greenville’s Lee Baldwin is tied for first among defensemen with one game-winning goal.

·     Stingrays are tied for first with one shorthanded goal.

·     Road Warriors are league’s least-penalized team with 8.50 penalty minutes per game.  

 

Reading Royals (1-1-0) at Elmira Jackals (0-1-0)                                                   7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Michal Cajkovsky leads Reading with seven shots on goal.

·     Elmira’s Jordon Southorn is tied for second among defensemen with two assists.

·     Royals are 2-for-9 on the power play (22.2 percent) through two games.

·     Jackals are tied for second with 18.00 shots-against per game.  

 

Idaho Steelheads (1-1-0) at Colorado Eagles (1-1-0)                                               7:05 p.m. MT 

·     Idaho’s William Rapuzzi is tied for first among rookies with four points (1g-3a).

·     Colorado’s Adam Brown is fifth with a .956 save percentage.

·     Steelheads are tied for third on the power play at 25.0 percent (2-for-8).

·     Eagles are 1-0-0 when leading after one period.  

 

San Francisco Bulls (1-1-1) at Utah Grizzlies (1-1-1)                                               7:05 p.m. MT 

·     San Francisco’s Tyler Beskorowany leads the league with 117 saves.

·     Utah’s Brent Gwidt is tied for first among rookies with two goals.

·     Bulls have scored three of their four goals in the third period.

·     Grizzlies are tied for first on the penalty kill at home at 100.0 percent (10-for-10).  

 

Stockton Thunder (1-1-0) at Bakersfield Condors (0-1-1)                           7 p.m. PT 

·     Stockton’s Mike Dalhuisen and Mike Keenan are tied for third among defensemen with two points (1g-1a).

·     Jordan Knackstedt leads Bakersfield with nine shots on goal.

·     Thunder are first on the power play at 60.0 percent (3-for-5).

·     Condors have out-shot their opponents 20-12 in the third period.  

 

Florida Everblades (2-0-0) at Ontario Reign (2-0-0)                                                7 p.m. PT 

·     Florida’s Matthew Pistilli is tied for third with four points (2g-2a).

·     Ontario’s Alex Roach leads rookies in plus-minus at +4.

·     Everblades have scored five of their eight goals in the third period.

·     Reign are tied for second with 1.00 goals-against per game.  

 

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

·     Alaska’s Peter Sivak leads the league with five assists.

·     Las Vegas’ Charlie Cook leads defensemen in plus-minus at +5.

·     Aces are tied for first with 42.00 shots per game.

·     Wranglers have scored first in each of their first two games.

 

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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts

• Watch games live on America One Sports, the “Official Broadband & Mobile Broadcaster” of the ECHL.

• The ECHL celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2012-13 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 22 teams in 15 states in 2013-14.

• The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.

519 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 22 in 2012-13.

• Seven ECHL players have made their NHL debuts in 2013-14: former Reading Royals forward Will Acton (Edmonton on Oct. 1), former Kalamazoo Wings left wing Darren Archibald (Vancouver on Oct. 25), former San Francisco Bulls left wing Jamie Devane (Toronto on Oct. 5), former Idaho Steelheads left wing Luke Gazdic (Edmonton on Oct. 1), former Toledo Walleye center Luke Glendening (Detroit on Oct. 12), former Greenville Road Warriors goaltender Cam Talbot (New York Rangers on Oct. 24) and former Ontario Reign goaltender Jeff Zatkoff (Pittsburgh on Oct. 11).

• The ECHL has had 327 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.

• 263 ECHL players have played their first game in the last nine seasons for an average of more than 29 per year.

• ECHL had a record 93 players on NHL opening-day rosters in 2013-14, surpassing the 87 from 2012-13 and marking the 11th year in a row that there have been over 50 former ECHL players on opening-day rosters.

• ECHL has affiliations with 28 of the 30 NHL teams in 2013-14, marking the 17th consecutive season that the league has affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.

• 29 coaches with an ECHL background are working behind the benches of teams in the NHL including Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau, Pittsburgh Penguins head coach and 2011 Jack Adams Award winner Dan Bylsma, New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano and Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel. It is the ninth 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.

• 27 former ECHL officials are scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2013-14 with referees Darcy Burchell, Francis Charron, Tom Chmielewski, Ghislain Hebert, Jean Hebert, Marc Joannette, Trent Knorr, Mike Leggo, Dave Lewis, T.J. Luxmore, Wes McCauley, Jon McIsaac, Dean Morton, Dan O’Rourke, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Kyle Rehman, Chris Rooney, Graham Skilliter, Justin St. Pierre and Ian Walsh, and linesmen Steve Barton, Matt MacPherson, Brian Mach, Tim Nowak, Bryan Pancich and Jay Sharrers.

• ECHL was represented for the 13th year in a row on the Stanley Cup champion in 2013 with Chicago Blackhaws assistant coach Jamie Kompon, players Sheldon Brookbank and Daniel Carcillo, vice president/assistant to the president Al MacIsaac, director of pro scouting Ryan Stewart and general manager of minor league affiliations Mark Bernard. The ECHL was represented by 53 former players and 18 coaches on the 16 teams competing in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the eighth year in a row that there have been at least 30 former ECHL players and the 10th consecutive season that over 25 players with ECHL experience have competed in the NHL postseason.

• 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 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 works in the communications department for the Philadelphia Flyers.

• ECHL has affiliations with 28 of the 30 teams in the American Hockey League in 2013-14 and for the past 24 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup champion.

• In the last nine seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined 4,000 with over  call-ups involving more than 2,100 players and in 2012-13 there were 10 times as many call-ups from the ECHL to the AHL than all other professional leagues.

• The ECHL averaged 4,695 fans per game in 2012-13, the highest single-season average since 1999-2000, and marking the ninth consecutive season and the 21st time in the last 23 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.