ECHL Preseason Previews
Western Conference
Pacific Division

Here is a team-by-team look at the Pacific Division of the Western Conference.

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Alaska Aces
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Arena (Capacity): Sullivan Arena (6,251)
Division: Pacific
Coach: Davis Payne, 1st Season
2002-03 In Review
Record (WCHL): 21-46-5
Points (WCHL): 47
Overall WCHL Finish: 6th
Goals Per Game (WCHL Rank): 2.92 (5th)
Goals-Against Average (WCHL Rank): 4.54 (6th)
Power Play (WCHL Rank): 17.4% (4th)
Penalty Killing (WCHL Rank): 77.5% (6th)

Bakersfield Condors
Location: Bakersfield, California
Arena (Capacity): Bakersfield Centennial Garden (9,000)
Division: Pacific
Coach: Paul Kelly (73-57-14, WCHL)
2003 Taylor Cup Playoffs: Lost Taylor Cup Semifinals to San Diego (4 games to 1)
2002-03 In Review
Record (WCHL): 41-22-9
Points (WCHL): 91
Overall WCHL Finish: 3rd
Goals Per Game (WCHL Rank): 3.51 (2nd)
Goals-Against Average (WCHL Rank): 2.58 (T 2nd)
Power Play (WCHL Rank): 16.4% (5th)
Penalty Killing (WCHL Rank): 85.9% (2nd)

Fresno Falcons
Location: Fresno, California
Arena (Capacity): Save Mart Center (13,800)
Division: Pacific
Coach: Blaine Moore (139-119-30, WCHL)
NHL Affiliate: San Jose Sharks
AHL Affiliate: Cleveland Barons
2003 Taylor Cup Playoffs: Lost Taylor Cup Finals to San Diego (4 games to 3)
2002-03 In Review
Record (WCHL): 35-28-9
Points (WCHL): 79
Overall WCHL Finish: 4th
Goals Per Game (WCHL Rank): 3.38 (4th)
Goals-Against Average (WCHL Rank): 3.26 (4th)
Power Play (WCHL Rank): 19.2% (2nd)
Penalty Killing (WCHL Rank): 82.9% (4th)

Idaho Steelheads
Location: Boise, Idaho
Arena (Capacity): Bank of America Centre (5,006)
Division: Pacific
Coach: John Olver (146-54-16, WCHL)
NHL Affiliate: Dallas Stars
AHL Affiliate: Utah Grizzlies
2003 Taylor Cup Playoffs: Lost Taylor Cup Semifinals to Fresno (4 games to 2)
2002-03 In Review
Record (WCHL): 52-16-4
Points (WCHL): 108
Overall WCHL Finish: 1st
Goals Per Game (WCHL Rank): 3.71 (1st)
Goals-Against Average (WCHL Rank): 2.58 (T-2nd)
Power Play (WCHL Rank): 23.0% (1st)
Penalty Killing (WCHL Rank): 84.2% (3rd)

Las Vegas Wranglers
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Arena (Capacity): Orleans Arena (7,773)
Division: Pacific
Coach: Glen Gulutzan (First Season)
NHL Affiliate: Calgary Flames
History: Expansion team in 2003-04

Long Beach Ice Dogs
Location: Long Beach, California
Arena (Capacity): Long Beach Arena (6,176)
Division: Pacific
Coach: Kevin Kaminski (22-46-4, WCHL)
2002-03 In Review
Record (WCHL): 22-46-4
Points (WCHL): 48
Overall WCHL Finish: 5th
Goals Per Game (WCHL Rank): 2.47 (6th)
Goals-Against Average (WCHL Rank): 3.89 (5th)
Power Play (WCHL Rank): 10.2% (6th)
Penalty Killing (WCHL Rank): 77.7% (5th)

San Diego Gulls
Location: San Diego, California
Arena (Capacity): San Diego Sports Arena (12,920)
Division: Pacific
Coach: Steve Martinson (385-115-33, WCHL)
NHL Affiliate: Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
AHL Affiliate: Hershey Bears
2003 Taylor Cup Playoffs: Taylor Cup Champions, Defeated Fresno (4 games to 3)
2002-03 In Review
Record (WCHL): 45-22-5
Points (WCHL): 95
Overall WCHL Finish: 2nd
Goals Per Game (WCHL Rank): 3.40 (3rd)
Goals-Against Average (WCHL Rank): 2.53 (1st)
Power Play (WCHL Rank): 18.3% (3rd)
Penalty Killing (WCHL Rank): 86.4% (1st)