ECHL Today – Dec. 28

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Elmira Jackals (15-12-3) at Johnstown Chiefs (19-9-1) 1 p.m. ET
• Chiefs have won the last two meetings at Johnstown to improve to 3-2-2 all-time at home against Elmira.
• Jackals’ David Shantz is 3-0-0 with a shutout and a goals-against average of 1.31 in his last four games.
• Johnstown’s Wes Clark has five points (1g-4a) in his last four games.
• Elmira’s Josh Aspenlind has a four-game point streak (2g-3a).

Florida Everblades (19-6-2) at Charlotte Checkers (14-12-2) 4 p.m. ET
• Everblades’ David Leggio is 3-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.72 in his last three games.
• Checkers’ Maxime Daigneault is 5-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.19 in his last six starts.
• Florida’s Kevin Baker has a six-game goal streak (7g) and a six-game point streak (7g-6a).
• Charlotte’s Mike Bayrack has a seven-game assist streak (9a) and a seven-game point streak (0g-9a).

Cincinnati Cyclones (13-12-5) at Trenton Devils (10-13-3) 4 p.m. ET
• Devils are 4-0-0 and have outscored their opponents 14-9 in their last four home games.
• Cyclones rookie defenseman Frederic St. Denis had career bests with three assists and three points on Saturday.
• Trenton’s Jim Henkel has a three-game goal streak (3g) and a five-game point streak (4g-4a).
• Cincinnati’s Loic Lacasse is 2-1-1 with a goals-against average of 2.66 in his last four games.

Wheeling Nailers (18-5-5) at Dayton Bombers (17-10-3) 5 p.m. ET
Jarret Lukin leads the Bombers against Wheeling with five goals and eight points in five games.
Bryan Ewing leads the Nailers against Dayton with four goals and seven points in five games.
• Dayton defenseman Dominic D’Amour has a five-game point streak (2g-6a) and a three-game assist streak (5a).
• Wheeling rookie Jordan Morrison has a four-game point streak (5g-6a) and a two-game assist streak (6a).

Mississippi Sea Wolves (13-14-3) at South Carolina Stingrays (17-7-3) 5 p.m. ET
• Mississippi’s Ryan Cruthers leads league rookies with 18 goals and is second with 35 points in 29 games.
• Stingrays’ Maxime Lacroix has seven points, including a team-high four goals, in three games against Mississippi.
• Sea Wolves’ Ryan Menei had season highs with two goals and two points on Saturday.
• Stingrays have won the last two games and are 2-0-1 at home and 3-1-2 overall this season against Mississippi.

Alaska Aces (17-11-1) at Las Vegas Wranglers (12-14-2) 2:05 p.m. PT
Shawn Limpright leads Las Vegas against Alaska with three points (2g-1a) in three games.
Alexandre Imbeault leads Aces against Las Vegas with four goals and is second with seven points in three games.
• Wranglers’ Matt Beaudoin has a four-game point streak (4g-2a).
• Alaska’s Colin Hemingway and Cam Keith are tied for the league lead with 26 assists each.

Victoria Salmon Kings (20-9-2) at Stockton Thunder (10-16-4) 4 p.m. PT
• Stockton rookie Ryan Huddy has 13 points (9g-4a) in his last 10 games.
• Victoria’s Jonathan Boutin is 2-0-1 with a goals-against average of 1.62 against Stockton.
• Thunder’s Jeff Kyrzakos has a four-game point streak (1g-3a).
• Salmon Kings’ Olivier Filion has a five-game point streak (2g-6a) and a five-game assist streak (6a).

Ontario Reign (18-9-2) at Bakersfield Condors (10-14-4) 6 p.m. PT
• Ontario’s Jon Francisco has a four-game point streak (3g-4a) and a three-game goal streak (3g).
• Bakersfield rookie Matt Pope has a four-game point streak (3g-4a) and a three-game goal streak (3g).
• Reign rookie John Murray is 9-0-0 with a shutout and a goals-against average of 1.64 in his last nine starts.
• Bakersfield’s Ryan Nie is 1-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.39 in his last two games.

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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 21 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.
385 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
• 129 have played their first NHL game in the last four seasons.
• 30 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 South Carolina Stingrays right wing Andrew Gordon (Washington on Dec. 23), 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.