ECHL Today – Dec. 20

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Reading Royals (8-20-1) at Trenton Devils (9-12-3) 7 p.m. ET
• Trenton’s Charlie Effinger is 4-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.69 in his last four starts.
• Reading defenseman Dinos Stamoulis has a three-game assist streak (3a) and a three-game point streak (0g-3a).
• Devils’ Ryan Gunderson has 13 power-play assists which leads ECHL defenseman and is tied for the overall lead.
Kirk MacDonald and Mac Faulkner are tied for the Royals team lead with eight goals each.

Elmira Jackals (12-12-3) at South Carolina Stingrays (15-6-2) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Stingray rookie Michal Neuvirth leads the ECHL with goals-against average of 1.77 and a save percentage of .935.
• Elmira rookie defenseman Wes Cunningham has five points (3g-2a) in his last five games.
• South Carolina’s Matt Scherer has a three-game point streak (1g-4a) and a three-game assist streak (4a).
Steve Yetman has a three-game point streak (2g-3a) and leads the Jackals with 14 goals and 24 points.

Wheeling Nailers (15-4-5) at Johnstown Chiefs (19-7-2) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Chiefs’ rookie Blair Yaworski had career-high four goals and five points in Friday’s 7-3 win at Wheeling.
• Wheeling rookie defenseman Elgin Reid has five points (0g-5a) in his last four games.
• Johnstown’s Kris Mayotte is 3-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.95 in three starts against Wheeling.
• Nailers’ Jordan Morrison is tied for the league rookie lead with 18 assists.

Mississippi Sea Wolves (13-12-3) at Florida Everblades (18-5-2) 7:30 p.m. ET
Kevin Baker leads the Everblades against Mississippi with four goals and nine points in three games.
• Sea Wolves are 8-2-3 when they score the first goal and 8-0-2 when they lead after two periods.
• Florida leads the league in scoring with 4.20 goals per game and is fifth with a goals-against average of 2.44.
• Mississippi’s Kyle McAllister has four points (2g-2a) in his last four games.

Dayton Bombers (15-9-3) at Cincinnati Cyclones (12-11-4) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Cyclones have won the last four meetings to improve to 4-1-1 in the season series.
• Dayton’s Dan Riedel has a three-game point streak (2g-1a) and five points (2g-3a) in his last six games.
Barret Ehgoetz leads Cincinnati against Dayton with five assists and seven points in six games.
• Bombers’ Mike McLean has seven points (4g-3a) in his last four games.

Bakersfield Condors (9-13-4) at Idaho Steelheads (15-11-2) 7:10 p.m. MT
• Idaho rookie defenseman Adam Welch has a two-game assist streak (2a) and a two-game point streak (0g-2a).
Chad Painchaud leads the Condors in December with six assists and 10 points in eight games.
• Steelheads rookie Matt Climie is 5-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.31 in his last six games.
• Condors’ Yutaka Fukufuji has a goals-against average of 2.12 and a save percentage of .945 in his last four games.

Phoenix RoadRunners (12-11-2) at Ontario Reign (15-9-2) 7 p.m. PT
• Reign rookie John Murray is 6-0-0 with a shutout and a goals-against average of 1.48 in his last six starts.
• Phoenix defenseman Brett Peterson has three points (1g-2a) in his last three games.
• Ontario’s Maxime Boisclair has six points (2g-4a) in his last four games.
• RoadRunners’ Kimbi Daniels has a three-game point streak (1g-3a) and a three-game assist streak (3a).

Alaska Aces (16-10-1) at Victoria Salmon Kings (18-9-2) 7:05 p.m. PT
• Victoria’s Olivier Filion has a three-game point streak (1g-4a) and a three-game assist streak (4a).
• Alaska rookie Jean-Philippe Lamoureux is tied for the league lead with 13 wins and three shutouts.
• Salmon Kings’ Todd Ford is 4-0-0 with two shutouts and a goals-against average of 1.00 in his last four starts.
• Alaska’s Cam Keith has eight points (3g-5a) in his last seven games.

Utah Grizzlies (11-11-3) at Las Vegas Wranglers (10-13-2) 7:30 p.m. PT
• Wranglers have won the last five meetings at Las Vegas and are 11-1-0 in their last 12 games against Utah.
• Utah’s Michael Mole leads the league in minutes with 1,362 and saves with 680.
• Las Vegas rookie Mick Lawrence has a two-game point streak (1g-2a) and a two-game assist streak (2a).
• Grizzlies are 6-4-1 when scoring first and 6-0-1 when leading after two periods.

Stockton Thunder (10-12-4) at Fresno Falcons (17-10-2) 7:35 p.m. PT
• Fresno’s Jarrett Konkle has a five-game point streak (8g-1a) and a five-game goal streak (8g).
• Stockton rookie Bryan Pitton is 2-1-2 with a save percentage of .918 in five games against Fresno.
• Falcons rookie Joe Fallon is 2-0-1 with a save percentage of .910 in three starts against Stockton.
• Thunder rookie Ryan Huddy has a seven-game point streak (8g-3a).

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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
• The ECHL celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2007-08 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 16 states and British Columbia in 2008-09.
• The Reading Royals, the City of Reading and the Sovereign Center will host the 17th Annual ECHL All-Star Game on Jan. 21, 2009 and the 12th Annual All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 20, 2009.
• The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
• Affiliations with 24 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League marking 12th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
384 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
• 128 have played their first NHL game in the last four seasons.
• 29 former ECHL players have made their NHL debut this season: former Wheeling Nailers and ECHL All-Star defenseman Paul Bissonnette (Pittsburgh on Oct. 4), former Bakersfield Condors center Alexandre Bolduc (Vancouver on Nov. 27), former Florida Everblades defenseman Brett Carson (Carolina on Dec. 7), former South Carolina Stingrays defenseman Sean Collins (Washington on Dec. 6), former Las Vegas Wranglers and Wheeling Nailers goaltender John Curry (Pittsburgh on Nov. 26), former Greenville Grrrowl goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers (Edmonton on Oct. 17), former Johnstown Chiefs center Andre Deveaux (Toronto on Nov. 27), former Dayton Bombers center Philippe Dupuis (Colorado on Dec. 12), former Gwinnett Gladiators right wing Pat Dwyer former Columbus Cottonmouths and Tallahassee Tiger Sharks left wing Mitch Fritz (New York Islanders on Oct. 30), former Charlotte Checkers center Dwight Helminen (Carolina on Oct. 28), former Trenton Devils right wing Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (New Jersey on Oct. 22), former Gwinnett Gladiators defenseman Scott Lehman (Atlanta on Dec. 18), former Charlotte Checkers defenseman Steve MacIntyre (Edmonton on Oct. 15), former Florida Everblades left wing Kenndal McArdle (Florida on Dec. 2), former Phoenix RoadRunners and Wheeling Nailers center Cam Paddock (St. Louis on Nov. 14), former Las Vegas Wranglers defenseman Adam Pardy (Calgary on Oct. 9), former Idaho Steelheads left wing Warren Peters (Calgary on Dec. 7), former Charlotte Checkers defenseman Corey Potter (New York Rangers on Dec. 7), former Charlotte Checkers, Columbia Inferno and Elmira Jackals defenseman Bryan Rodney (Carolina on Dec. 11), former Gwinnett Gladiators center Jared Ross (Philadelphia on Oct. 11), former Alaska Aces goaltender Marek Schwarz (St. Louis on Oct. 25), former Greenville Grrrowl and Stockton Thunder center Tim Sestito (Edmonton on Nov. 26), former Dayton Bombers and Las Vegas Wranglers defenseman Tyler Sloan (Washington on Oct. 21), former Johnstown Chiefs and Mississippi Sea Wolves forward Radek Smolenak (Tampa Bay on Dec. 2), former Augusta Lynx defenseman Brett Skinner (New York Islanders on Oct. 27), former Las Vegas Wranglers defenseman Tyson Strachan (St. Louis on Dec. 18), former Wheeling Nailers right wing Tim Wallace (Pittsburgh on Dec. 10) and former Idaho Steelheads center Tom Wandell (Dallas on Dec. 10).
• There were 72 former ECHL players on NHL opening-day rosters.
• Twenty-six former ECHL players made their NHL debut in 2007-08 including six who played in both the ECHL and the NHL: Chris Beckford-Tseu (Alaska and St. Louis), Adam Berti (Pensacola and Chicago), Joe Jensen (Wheeling and Carolina), Dan LaCosta (Elmira and Columbus), Jonathan Quick (Reading and Los Angeles) and Danny Taylor (Reading and Los Angeles).
• Record 47 former ECHL players played their first NHL game in 2005-06.
• ECHL is represented for the eighth consecutive year on the National Hockey League championship team in 2008 by Aaron Downey of the Detroit Red Wings.
• Former ECHL coaches working as head coaches in the NHL are Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals and Scott Gordon of the New York Islanders. 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. Peter Laviolette, who began his coaching career with the Wheeling Nailers, led Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup in 2006.
• There are 18 assistant coaches in the NHL who were players or coaches in the ECHL.
• There are 18 former ECHL officials scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2008-09 with referees David Banfield, Chris Ciamaga, Ghislain Hebert, Marc Joannette, Mike Leggo, Wes McCauley, Dean Morton, Dan O’Rourke, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Kyle Rehman, Chris Rooney, Justin St. Pierre and Ian Walsh and linesmen Steve Barton, Brian Mach, Tim Nowak and Jay Sharrers. Barton, Joannette, Leggo, McCauley, Nowak, Pollock, Rooney and Sharrers all worked the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
• ECHL has affiliations with 23 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey League and for the past 19 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion.
• In the last six 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.