ECHL Today – Dec. 27


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Wheeling Nailers (14-7-5) at Gwinnett Gladiators (8-17-2)                                    6:05 p.m. ET 

·     Wheeling’s Mike Ratchuk leads defensemen with four game-winning goals.

·     Evan Bloodoff leads Gwinnett with 16 points (9g-7a).

·     Nailers are second on the penalty kill on the road at 94.4 percent (51-for-54).

·     Gladiators are 5-0-0 when leading after two periods. 


South Carolina Stingrays (19-5-3) at Greenville Road Warriors (12-13-2)            7 p.m. ET 

·     South Carolina’s Jeff Jakaitis leads the league with a 1.70 goals-against average.

·     Greenville’s Andrew Rowe leads the league in plus-minus at +20.

·     Stingrays are 12-1-1 when scoring first.

·     Road Warriors lead the league on the penalty kill at 92.1 percent (105-for-114). 


Kalamazoo Wings (13-9-2) at Reading Royals (13-9-1)                                          7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Kalamazoo’s Sam Ftorek leads defensemen with four power-play goals.

·     Reading’s Riley Gill is tied for fourth with a 2.12 goals-against average.

·     K-Wings are fourth with 2.50 goals-against per game.

·     Royals are sixth with 27.43 shots-against per game. 


Toledo Walleye (8-13-3) at Fort Wayne Komets (10-9-5)                                       8:05 p.m. ET 

·     Toledo’s Russ Sinkewich is tied for fifth among defensemen with five power-play assists.

·     Fort Wayne’s Jace Coyle is tied for second among defensemen with 14 assists.

·     Walleye are tied for first on the power play on the road at 22.2 percent (14-for-63).

·     Komets lead the league with 33.21 shots per game. 


Cincinnati Cyclones (16-8-2) at Evansville IceMen (14-7-4)                                  7:15 p.m. CT

·     Barry Almeida leads Cincinnati with 10 goals.

·     Evansville’s Jeremy Langlois is tied for second among rookies with 22 points (9g-13a).

·     Cyclones are 10-3-2 in one-goal games.

·     IceMen are fourth with 3.32 goals per game. 


Utah Grizzlies (7-14-3) at Colorado Eagles (17-6-5)                                                7:05 p.m. MT 

·     Jamie MacQueen leads Utah with eight goals.

·     Colorado’s Trent Daavettila is second with 33 points (12g-21a).

·     Grizzlies are seventh with 27.46 shots-against per game.

·     Eagles are 13-1-4 when scoring first. 


Idaho Steelheads (14-9-4) at Las Vegas Wranglers (8-14-3)                                  7:05 p.m. PT 

·     Idaho’s Anthony Nigro and Tommy Grant are tied for the league lead with six power-play goals each.

·     Las Vegas’ Jeff May is tied for second among defensemen with seven goals.

·     Steelheads are 8-0-2 when leading after one period.

·     Wranglers are seventh on the power play at 17.3 percent (18-for-104). 


Stockton Thunder (14-9-4) at San Francisco Bulls (10-15-3)                                  7:30 p.m. PT 

·     Stockton’s Ryan Constant leads defensemen with 19 points (5g-14a).

·     Steven Tarasuk leads San Francisco against the Thunder with three points (2g-1a).

·     Thunder lead the league on the power play at 23.0 percent (23-for-100).

·     Bulls have scored 25 of their 63 goals in the third period. 


Ontario Reign (19-4-4) at Alaska Aces (17-7-1)                                                      7:15 p.m. AKT 

·     Ontario’s Michael Hutchinson leads the league with 1,247 minutes played.

·     Alaska’s Olivier Roy is fourth with a .926 save percentage.

·     Reign are 6-1-2 when out shot by their opponent.

·     Aces lead the league with 1.88 goals-against per game.


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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts 

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• 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.

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

• 15 ECHL players have made their NHL debuts in 2013-14: former Reading Royals Will Acton (Edmonton on Oct. 1), former Kalamazoo Wings left wing Darren Archibald (Vancouver on Oct. 25), former Colorado Eagles defensemen Ben Chiarot (Winnipeg on Nov. 2) 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 Wheeling Nailers defenseman Alex Grant (Anaheim on Nov. 30), former Cincinnati Cyclones goaltender Magnus Hellberg (Nashville on Oct. 26), former Ontario Reign goaltender Martin Jones (Los Angeles on Dec. 3), former Wheeling Nailers defenseman Philip Samuelsson (Pittsburgh on Dec. 16), former Wheeling Nailers center Zach Sill (Pittsburgh on Nov. 16), former Toledo Walleye goaltender Kent Simpson (Chicago on Dec. 14), former Greenville Road Warriors goaltender Cam Talbot (New York Rangers on Oct. 24), former Reading Royals defenseman Patrick Wey (Washington on Dec. 7) and former Ontario Reign goaltender Jeff Zatkoff (Pittsburgh on Oct. 11).

• The ECHL has had 335 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. 

• 271 ECHL players have played their first game in the last nine seasons for an average of more than 30 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 27 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. 

• 30 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 Dan Bylsma, New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano, Florida Panthers interim head coach Peter Horachek 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.

• 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, 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 27 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, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.