PRINCETON, N.J. – Wes Goldie and Ash Goldie of the Victoria Salmon Kings became the first set of teammates as well as the first set of brothers to lead the ECHL in goal scoring after finishing with 42 goals and 40 goals, respectively.
Wes Goldie was second in the league in 2006-07 with 41 goals in 72 games for Victoria while Ash Goldie tied for third with 39 goals in 67 games for Long Beach. The two finished tied for 13th with 74 points.
In the last two seasons, Wes Goldie is first with 83 goals in 144 games and Ash Goldie is second with 79 goals in 137 games. Kevin Baker of Texas is third with 65 goals in 106 games followed by Jean-Michel Daoust with 59 goals in 107 games and Marty Flichel of Idaho with 58 goals in 134 games.
They are the 18th set of teammates to each score 40 goals and the first since Scott King (40g) and Mathieu Benoit (43g) of Charlotte and Andrew Williamson (52g) and James Patterson (40g) of Toledo in 2000-01.
The duo made history in October when they became the first set of brothers in the ECHL since Rob Valicevic and Chris Valicevic in 1995-96 to record a hat trick in the same season. Wes scored his hat trick in a 4-3 win against Las Vegas on Oct. 27 while Ash registered the first of his league-leading four hat tricks on Oct. 31 against Bakersfield. Ash recorded his second three-goal game on Dec. 21 against Alaska and added his third on Jan. 27 at Alaska before scoring his fourth on Mar. 26 at Stockton.
Ash had another hat trick and set the league record with six points in the ECHL All-Star Game. He was named the Most Valuable Player after he scored a goal in each period with his final tally coming 22 seconds into the third period to set the record for fastest goal at the beginning of a period. Wes has scored a hat trick in each of his last four ECHL seasons with Pee Dee in 2002-03 and 2003-04 and with Victoria in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
Chris Ferraro (2g-3a) and Peter Ferraro (0g-4a) of the Las Vegas Wranglers combined for nine points in a 7-5 win at Utah on Dec. 15, breaking the ECHL record for most points in a game by brothers. The Ferraro twins surpassed the seven points scored by Rob Valicevic (2g-2a) and Chris Valicevic (1g-2a) of Louisiana in a 7-5 win against Jackson on Feb. 16, 1996. Wes Goldie (2g-2a) and Ash Goldie (1g-2a) tied the Valicevic brothers record on Mar. 19 against Utah.
Ash Goldie and Wes Goldie have combined for 527 points (298g-229a) in 612 regular season games to rank second in goals and fourth in points among brother combinations in the ECHL. Wes Goldie has 333 points (197g-136a) in 411 games and Ash Goldie has 194 points (101g-93a) in 201 games.
The all-time leaders are the Bermingham brothers with 866 points (360g-506a) in 881 games as Jason Bermingham had 278 points (134g-144a) in 381 games and Jim Bermingham had 588 points (226g-362a) in 500 games.
The second-highest scorers are the Valicevic brothers with 682 points (200g-482a) in 658 games as Chris Valicevic had 611 points (151g-460a) in 590 games and Rob Valicevic had 71 points (49g-22a) in 68 games.
Ranking third are the Parsons brothers with 591 points (288g-303a) in 514 games as Don Parsons had 468 points (248g-220a) in 377 games and Brad Parsons had 123 points (40g-83a) in 137 games.
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2007-08, the ECHL is the Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League and 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 that will play with 24 teams in 16 states and British Columbia in 2008-09.
The league officially changed its name to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
The ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the NHL in 2007-08, marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
There have been 355 former ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, including 99 in the last three seasons. There have been 210 former ECHL players who have played their first game in the NHL in the past seven seasons.
There are 15 coaches in the NHL who have ECHL experience including former Wheeling coach Peter Laviolette, who is head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, and former Mississippi coach Bruce Boudreau, who is head coach of the Washington Capitals.
The ECHL is represented for the seventh consecutive year on the National Hockey League championship team in 2007 with Anaheim assistant coach Dave Farrish, players Francois Beauchemin and George Parros and broadcasters John Ahlers and Steve Carroll.
The ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey League in 2007-08 and for the past 18 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup champion.
In each of the last two seasons there have been more than 225 players who have played in both the ECHL and the AHL and there were over 800 call-ups involving more than 500 players.
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.
Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.