Charlotte Left Wing Will Try For Third Straight Game With Hat Trick
PRINCETON, N.J. – Dusty Jamieson of Charlotte will try to become only the fifth player in ECHL history and the second player in team history to score three or more goals in three straight games when the Checkers play at Florida on Thursday.
The 25-year-old Jamieson, who was named In Glas Co Player of the Week on Tuesday, scored a hat trick in each of Charlotte’s first two games and leads the league with six goals and four power-play goals. He had three goals, including two power-play goals, as the Checkers beat Wheeling 10-3 in the season opener on Oct. 20. He scored three goals, including the game winner on a power play, again on Oct. 21 as the Checkers posted a 5-3 win against Wheeling.
The last time an ECHL player had three goals or more in three consecutive games was 1997 and ironically it was Steve Gibson of Wheeling, who had three goals against Johnstown on Mar. 16, three goals at Peoria on Mar. 18 and four goals against Columbus on Mar. 21. Brian Martin of Hampton Roads became the first player in history to score a hat trick in three straight games, accomplishing the feat in 1989 on Dec. 9 against Nashville, Dec. 10 against Virginia and Dec. 12 against Knoxville. The record was tied by Trent Kaese of Columbus in 1992 and Darryl Noren of Charlotte in 1994.
Jamieson has led Charlotte in goal scoring each of the past three seasons, including 30 goals last season and 31 goals in 2004-05, and his 118 career goals rank second to Noren, who scored 174 goals in a Checkers sweater. Selected in the fifth round (136th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1999 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Jamieson has played for the Checkers in each of his first five professional seasons and has 212 points (118g-94a) in 229 regular season games and 13 points (4g-9a) in 18 games in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. He has also played in the American Hockey League where he has one assist in 10 games with Binghamton and Hartford.
Four players have scored hat tricks in back-to-back games since Gibson tied the record with the last being Miguel Delisle, who accomplished the feat as a rookie with Idaho in 2004 on Dec. 17 and Dec. 19 against Bakersfield.
Andrew Williamson of Toledo scored three goals in consecutive games on Feb. 9, 2001 at Johnstown and had four goals on Feb. 10, 2001 at Johnstown. Williamson led the league with 63 goals in 1999-2000 and 52 goals in 2000-01, the last season that an ECHL player registered 50 goals.
In a six-game span in 1999-2000, Jay Murphy of Louisiana scored four hat tricks, including back-to-back games on Mar. 12 against Birmingham and Mar. 17 against Jacksonville, and had two goals in the other two games. Paul Strand of Raleigh scored five goals on Jan. 17, 1998 against Roanoke and had three goals on Jan. 23, 1998 at Hampton Roads.
The league officially changed its name to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
The Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League, the ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League in 2006-07. There have been 305 former ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, including a record 47 in 2005-06. There have been 159 players who have played in the NHL after the ECHL in the past five seasons.
The ECHL was represented for the sixth consecutive year on the National Hockey League championship team, including Carolina Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette, who is the first ECHL coach to win the Stanley Cup.
The ECHL has affiliations with 24 of the 27 teams in the American Hockey League in 2006-07 and for the past 17 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup champion. The ECHL has had more players called up to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined each of the past four seasons with 1,646 call ups involving almost 1,000 players.
The ECHL raised its average attendance for the third straight year in 2005-06 drawing 3,934,794 for 900 games which is an average of 4,372 per game, an increase of more than nine percent from 2004-05 and the largest per-game average since 1999-2000. Six teams surpassed 200,000 and nine teams averaged 5,000 per game for the first time since 1999-2000 as the league welcomed 39 sellout crowds and 13 of the 22 returning teams raised their average attendance from a year ago.
The Idaho Steelheads and the 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.
In 2005-06 the ECHL and its member teams contributed more than $2.3 million for charity and relief funds, including those benefiting victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, while also making thousands of appearances by players, coaches, team personnel and mascots at schools, hospitals, libraries and charity functions.
Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.