ECHL Today – Dec. 28


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Wheeling Nailers (12-10-6) at Greenville Road Warriors (20-12-2)                      7 p.m. ET 

·     Chris Barton leads Wheeling against the Road Warriors with six points (3g-3a).

·     Greenville’s Andrew Yogan is third among rookies in shooting percentage at 27.6 percent (8-for-29).

·     Nailers are second with 25.54 shots-against per game.

·     Road Warriors have a league high six wins when trailing after two periods (6-8-1).  


Florida Everblades (14-11-6) at Orlando Solar Bears (13-15-4)                             7 p.m. ET 

·     David Rutherford leads Florida against the Solar Bears with four goals and 10 points.

·     Orlando’s John Curry is tied for third with 12 wins.

·     Everblades are tied for fourth with six shorthanded goals.

·     Solar Bears are 9-2-0 when scoring first.  


Trenton Titans (14-11-4) at Reading Royals (21-7-2)                                             7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Trenton’s Marcel Noebels is on a seven-game point streak since Dec. 14 (5g-5a).

·     Denny Urban leads Reading against the Titans with seven points (4g-3a).

·     Titans are sixth on the power play on the road at 19.7 percent (12-for-61).

·     Royals are fourth with 3.57 goals per game.  


South Carolina Stingrays (13-16-4) at Gwinnett Gladiators (20-10-1)                    7:05 p.m. ET    

·     South Carolina’s Ryan Zapolski leads the league with a 1.88 goals-against average.

·     Casey Pierro-Zabotel leads Gwinnett against the Stingrays with nine points (1g-8a).

·     Stingrays are 10-0-1 when leading after two periods.

·     Gladiators are 18-1-1 when scoring first.  


Cincinnati Cyclones (17-9-2) at Toledo Walleye (17-12-1)                          7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Mathieu Aubin leads Cincinnati against the Walleye with six points (2g-4a).

·     Toledo’s Willie Coetzee leads the league with 121 shots on goal.

·     Cyclones are league’s third-least penalized team with 14.18 penalty minutes per game.

·     Walleye are second with 32.60 shots per game.  


Fort Wayne Komets (14-13-2) at Kalamazoo Wings (11-14-3)                               7:30 p.m. ET 

·     Brandon Marino leads Fort Wayne against the K-Wings with 11 points (2g-9a).

·     Kalamazoo’s Sam Ftorek is tied for first among defensemen with 19 assists.

·     Komets are 8-1-2 in one-goal games.

·     K-Wings are league’s second-least penalized team with 13.43 penalty minutes per game.  


Elmira Jackals (13-13-3) at Evansville IceMen (11-17-3)                                       7:15 p.m. CT 

·     Elmira’s Marc Cheverie is third with a .918 save percentage.

·     Evansville’s Todd Robinson is tied for fourth with 13 power-play assists.

·     Jackals are fourth on the power play at 22.9 percent (24-for-105).

·     IceMen are 10-1-2 when leading after two periods.  


Ontario Reign (20-7-1) at Utah Grizzlies (11-11-4)                                      7:05 p.m. MT 

·     Ontario’s Colton Yellow Horn is tied for the league lead with 19 goals.

·     Utah’s Mitch Wahl is second with 15 power-play assists.

·     Reign are tied for first with one shorthanded goal against.

·     Grizzlies are 8-0-1 when leading after two periods.  


Stockton Thunder (16-9-6) at Bakersfield Condors (7-21-3)                                   7 p.m. PT 

·     Justin Maylan leads Stockton against the Condors with four goals and nine points.

·     Bakersfield’s Olivier Dame-Malka is tied for fourth among defensemen with four power-play goals.

·     Thunder are 11-1-3 when scoring first.

·     Condors are 6-0-1 when leading after two periods.  


Las Vegas Wranglers (12-11-4) at San Francisco Bulls (11-17-4)    7:15 p.m. PT 

·     Las Vegas’ Chris Francis is fifth with 107 shots on goal.

·     San Francisco’s Dean Ouellet is tied for first among rookies with 27 points (15g-12a).

·     Wranglers are first with 32.89 shots per game.

·     Bulls are fifth on the power play at 21.8 percent (32-for-147).  


Colorado Eagles (16-11-3) at Alaska Aces (23-8-0)                                    7:15 p.m. AKT 

·     Colorado’s Michael Forney is tied for the league lead with eight power-play goals.

·     Joey Crabb leads Alaska against the Eagles with four goals and seven points.

·     Eagles are first on the power play at 25.5 percent (39-for-153).

·     Aces are 16-0-0 when scoring first.


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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts 

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• The ECHL celebrates 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 23 teams in 16 states in 2012-13.

• The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.

490 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 23 in 2011-12.

• The ECHL has had 298 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.

• 234 ECHL players have played their first game in the last seven seasons for an average of more than 33 per year.

• ECHL had a record 81 players on NHL opening-day rosters in 2011-12, surpassing the 79 from 2010-11 and marking the ninth year in a row that there have been over 50 former ECHL players on opening-day rosters.

• ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 NHL teams in 2012-13, marking the 16th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.

• 31 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 and 2011 Jack Adams Award winner Dan Bylsma, New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano, Dallas Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan, Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette and Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel. It is the seventh consecutive season that there have been 11 or more coaches with an ECHL background working in the NHL. 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.

• 26 former ECHL officials are scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2012-13 with referees Darcy Burchell, Francis Charron, 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 12th year in a row on the Stanley Cup champion in 2012 with Los Angeles Kings assistant coach Jamie Kompon, players Dwight King, Jordan Nolan and Jonathan Quick, manager of communications/broadcasting Jeremy Zager and scouts Steve Greeley, Mark Mullen and Mark Yannetti. Quick was named the recipient of the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the second consecutive year a former ECHL player won the award.. There were 43 former players and 13 coaches on the 16 teams competing in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the seventh year in a row that there have been at least 30 former ECHL players and the ninth consecutive season that over 25 players with ECHL experience have competed in the NHL postseason.

• ECHL was represented in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game by Dan Girardi of the New York Rangers, Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings and Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.  

• Former ECHL broadcasters working in the NHL include John Ahlers and Steve Carroll of the Anaheim Ducks, Tom Callahan of the Nashville Predators, 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 25 of the 30 teams in the American Hockey League in 2012-13 and for the past 23 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion.

• In the last seven seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 3,500 call-ups involving more than 1,800 players and in 2011-12 there were 10 times as many call-ups from the ECHL to the AHL than all other professional leagues.

• The ECHL averaged 4,281 fans per game in 2011-12, marking the eighth consecutive season and the 20th time in the last 22 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.