ECHL Today – Dec. 30

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Cincinnati Cyclones (12-9-3) at Toledo Walleye (13-13-1)                          7 p.m. ET  

·     Mathieu Aubin leads Cincinnati against the Walleye with six points (3g-3a).

·     Toledo’s Bryan Rufenach is third among defensemen with nine goals.

·     Cyclones are second with 27.58 shots-against per game.

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


Florida Everblades (16-13-2) at Gwinnett Gladiators (15-8-9)                                7:05 p.m. ET  

·     Matt Beca leads Florida against the Gladiators with six points (1g-5a).

·     Gwinnett’s Jeff Jakaitis leads the league with a 1.63 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage.

·     Everblades have scored a league-high 44 goals in the second period.

·     Gladiators are 12-3-2 when scoring first.  


Trenton Titans (10-15-4) at Reading Royals (12-12-6)                                           7:05 p.m. ET  

·     Trenton’s Dave Caruso is second with 582 saves.

·     Reading’s Denny Urban leads the league with 12 power-play assists.

·     Titans are league’s least-penalized team with 13.48 penalty minutes per game.

·     Royals are tied for the league lead with four wins when trailing after two periods.  


Wheeling Nailers (16-9-2) at Elmira Jackals (18-11-0)                                           7:35 p.m. ET  

·     Wheeling’s Chris Barton leads rookies with 15 goals.

·     Mike Radja leads Elmira with 29 points (15g-14a).

·     Nailers are second on the penalty kill on the road at 88.1 percent (52-for-59).

·     Jackals are 11-3-0 in one-goal games.  


Kalamazoo Wings (16-11-2) at Chicago Express (14-11-4)                         7:30 p.m. CT  

·     Kalamazoo’s Darryl Bootland is on a seven-game point streak since Dec. 9 (2g-6a).

·     Chad Painchaud leads Chicago against the K-Wings with four goals and six points.

·     K-Wings are second on the power play at 22.2 percent (30-for-135).

·     Express are 9-1-2 when scoring first.  


Bakersfield Condors (7-21-3) at Utah Grizzlies (14-12-3)                                       7:05 p.m. MT  

·     Bakersfield’s Mathew Sisca is third among rookies with 17 assists.

·     Justin Dowling leads Utah against the Condors with four points (0g-4a).

·     Condors are only team to have not played a shootout this season.

·     Grizzlies are 9-0-1 when leading after two periods.  


Las Vegas Wranglers (18-9-4) at Idaho Steelheads (15-12-3)                                7:10 p.m. MT  

·     Las Vegas’ Eric Lampe is on an 11-game point streak since Nov. 25 (9g-8a).

·     Idaho’s Chad Klassen leads rookies with 32 points (12g-20a).

·     Wranglers are 13-2-1 when scoring first.

·     Steelheads are 10-3-3 in one-goal games.


Ontario Reign (14-12-2) at Stockton Thunder (12-13-3)                                         7:30 p.m. PT  

·     Derek Couture leads Ontario against the Thunder with five goals.

·     Stockton’s Kevin Baker is second with 132 shots.

·     Reign are fifth with 28.57 shots-against per game.

·     Thunder are 7-0-1 when leading after two periods.  


Colorado Eagles (18-9-3) at Alaska Aces (21-5-5)                                                  7:15 p.m. AKT  

·     Colorado’s Kyle Jones is second with 14 wins.

·     Alaska’s Dan Kissel is tied for third with 17 goals.

·     Eagles are 12-0-0 when leading after two periods.

·     Aces are first with 2.06 goals-against per game.  




3 – Jeff Jakaitis, Gwinnett, 2011-12   

        * 1-0, Dec. 17, 2011 at South Carolina   

        * 4-0, Dec. 26, 2011 vs. South Carolina   

        * 3-0, Dec. 28, 2011 vs. South Carolina  


   – Shane Connelly, South Carolina, 2009-10

        * 4-0, Feb. 19, 2010 vs. Gwinnett

        * 6-0, Feb. 20, 2010 vs. Toledo
        * 6-0, Feb. 21, 2010 vs. Toledo
   – Sebastien Laplante, Pee Dee, 2004-05
        * 2-0, Nov. 13, 2004 vs. Columbia
        * 2-0, Nov. 19, 2004 at Florida
        * 7-0, Jan. 1, 2005 vs. Columbia
   – Andrew Allen, Trenton, 2002-03
        * 1-0, Feb. 5, 2003 vs. Toledo
        * 5-0, Feb. 7, 2003 at Charlotte
        * 4-0, Feb. 14, 2003 vs. Greensboro
   – Darryl Paquette, Hampton Roads, 1996-97
        * 2-0, March 25, 1997 vs. Knoxville
        * 5-0, March 28, 1997 vs. South Carolina
        * 6-0, March 29, 1997 at Roanoke

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• 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 20 teams in 16 states in 2011-12.

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

479 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 23 in 2010-11.

• 12 ECHL players have made their NHL debut in 2011-12: former Bakersfield Condors and Elmira Jackals defenseman Stu Bickel (New York Rangers on Dec. 20), former Greenville Road Warriors defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon (Philadelphia on Nov. 21), former South Carolina Stingrays defenseman Joe Finley (Buffalo on Dec. 2), former Victoria Salmon Kings defenseman Kris Fredheim (Minnesota on Nov. 17), former Elmira Jackals center Mike Hoffman (Ottawa on Dec. 23), former Victoria Salmon Kings goaltender Leland Irving (Calgary on Dec. 16), former Toledo Storm and Reading Royals center Bracken Kearns (Florida on Oct. 20), former Bakersfield Condors center Maxime Macenauer (Anaheim on Oct. 7), former Idaho Steelheads center and two-time ECHL All-Star Greg Rallo (Florida on Dec. 18), former Reading Royals goaltender Ben Scrivens (Toronto on Nov. 3), former Cincinnati Cyclones defenseman Frederic St. Denis (Montreal on Nov. 16) and former Ontario Reign defenseman Colten Teubert (Edmonton on Nov. 3).

• The ECHL has had 287 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.

• 223 ECHL players have played their first game in the last seven seasons for an average of more than 31 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 26 of the 30 NHL teams, marking the 15th consecutive season that the league had 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 in 2011-12 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.

• 22 former ECHL officials are scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2011-12 with referees David Banfield, Francis Charron, Ghislain Hebert, Jean Hebert, Marc Joannette, Mike Leggo, Wes McCauley, Dean Morton, Dan O’Rourke, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Kyle Rehman, Chris Rooney, Justin St. Pierre, Graham Skilliter and Ian Walsh, and linesmen Steve Barton, Brian Mach, Matt MacPherson, Tim Nowak, Bryan Pancich and Jay Sharrers.

• ECHL was represented for the 11th year in a row on the Stanley Cup champion with Boston Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward, players Rich Peverley, Michael Ryder and Tim Thomas, radio broadcaster Dave Goucher and scout Tom McVie. Thomas is the first former ECHL player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. There were 34 former players and 19 coaches on the 16 teams competing in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the sixth year in a row that there have been at least 30 former ECHL players and the eighth consecutive season that over 25 players with ECHL experience have competed in the NHL postseason.

• Former Hampton Roads Admirals left wing Andrew Brunette became the first ECHL alum to play in 1,000 regular-season NHL games when he reached the milestone with the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 1, 2011.

• Former ECHL and current Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was the recipient of the Vezina Trophy as the top goaltender in the NHL in 2010-11, marking the second time he has won the award in the past three seasons. Thomas set a single-season NHL record with a .938 save percentage.  

• Former ECHL player and current Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma was the recipient of the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year in 2010-11.  

• ECHL was represented in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game by Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins, while former ECHL coaches Mike Haviland and Peter Laviolette served as coaches for the All-Star Game.  

• 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 and Kelly Murray are now with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Washington Capitals, respectively, while former ECHL director of communications Jason Rothwell is the creative director for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

• ECHL has affiliations with 24 of the 30 teams in the American Hockey League in 2011-12 and for the past 22 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 3,000 call-ups involving more than 1,600 players and in 2010-11 there were 10 times as many call-ups from the ECHL to the AHL than all other professional leagues.

• The ECHL averaged 4,339 fans per game in 2010-11, marking the seventh consecutive season and the 19th time in the last 21 years that the ECHL has averaged over 4,000 fans.

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