ECHL Today – Dec. 29


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Gwinnett Gladiators (20-11-1) at Greenville Road Warriors (20-12-3)                  7 p.m. ET 

·     Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Andy Brandt lead Gwinnett against the Road Warriors with three goals each.

·     Greenville’s Nathan Lieuwen is fifth with 1,194 minutes played.

·     Gladiators are second on the penalty kill at 85.6 percent (107-for-125).

·     Road Warriors are tied for third with seven shorthanded goals.  


Reading Royals (22-7-2) at Trenton Titans (14-12-4)                                             7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Yannick Tifu leads Reading against the Titans with eight points (4g-4a).

·     Trenton’s Marcel Noebels leads rookies with 30 points (11g-19a).

·     Royals are 12-4-2 against Atlantic Division opponents.

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


Kalamazoo Wings (11-15-3) at Toledo Walleye (17-13-1)                                       7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Kory Karlander leads Kalamazoo against the Walleye with six points (3g-3a).

·     Toledo’s Andrej Nestrasil is on a nine-game point streak since Nov. 30 (2g-12a).

·     K-Wings are 7-1-2 when leading after two periods.

·     Walleye are tied for third with two shorthanded goals against.  


Wheeling Nailers (13-10-6) at South Carolina Stingrays (14-16-4)                        7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Wheeling’s Chris Barton is on a four-game goal streak since Dec. 21 (5g).

·     Tyler McNeely leads South Carolina with 32 points (9g-23a).

·     Nailers are league’s least-penalized team with 13.21 penalty minutes per game.

·     Stingrays are 11-0-1 when leading after two periods. 


Elmira Jackals (14-13-3) at Fort Wayne Komets (15-13-2)                                    7:30 p.m. ET 

·     Elmira’s Artem Demkov is tied for fourth with four game-winning goals.

·     Fort Wayne’s Brandon Marino is third with 26 assists.

·     Jackals are fourth on the power play at 22.6 percent (24-for-106).

·     Komets are 9-1-1 when leading after two periods.  


Cincinnati Cyclones (18-9-2) at Evansville IceMen (11-18-3)                                7:15 p.m. CT 

·     Josh Shalla leads Cincinnati against the IceMen with five goals and seven points.

·     Evansville’s Dylan Clarke is on a four-game goal streak since Dec. 16 (4g).

·     Cyclones are third with 2.69 goals-against per game.

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


Ontario Reign (20-7-2) at Utah Grizzlies (12-11-4)                                      7:05 p.m. MT 

·     Ontario’s Mario Lamoureux is fifth among rookies with 24 points (12g-12a).

·     Utah’s Drew MacKenzie is third among rookies in shooting percentage at 14.8 percent (4-for-27).

·     Reign are 16-1-2 when scoring first.

·     Grizzlies are tied for third with two shorthanded goals against.  


Idaho Steelheads (18-7-4) at Bakersfield Condors (7-22-3)                                    7 p.m. PT 

·     Idaho’s Matt Case is tied for third among defensemen in plus-minus at +15.

·     Tyler Brenner leads Bakersfield against the Steelheads with six points (2g-4a).

·     Steelheads are first on the power play on the road at 24.2 percent (16-for-66).

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


Las Vegas Wranglers (12-12-4) at Stockton Thunder (17-9-6)                               7:30 p.m. PT 

·     Las Vegas’ Joe Fallon is seventh with a 2.46 goals-against average.

·     Harrison Reed and Toni Rajala lead Stockton against the Wranglers with three goals each.

·     Wranglers are first on the penalty kill on the road at 89.8 percent (44-for-49).

·     Thunder are second on the power play at 23.8 percent (38-for-160).  


Colorado Eagles (16-12-3) at Alaska Aces (24-8-0)                                                7:15 p.m. AKT 

·     Joey Sides leads Colorado against the Aces with six points (3g-3a).

·     Alaska’s Nick Mazzolini is third with 18 goals.

·     Eagles are 11-2-0 when outshooting their opponent.

·     Aces are second with 2.59 goals-against per game.


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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.