ECHL Today – Feb. 15


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Florida Everblades (24-17-9) at Greenville Road Warriors (30-17-5)                    7 p.m. ET 

·     Mathieu Roy leads Florida against the Road Warriors with 14 points (3g-11a).

·     Greenville’s Steven Delisle is second in plus-minus at +26.

·     Everblades are 17-0-2 when leading after two periods.

·     Road Warriors are 22-8-3 against South Division opponents.  


South Carolina Stingrays (26-23-4) at Orlando Solar Bears (22-24-5)                   7 p.m. ET 

·     South Carolina’s Hunter Bishop is tied for fifth with five game-winning goals.

·     Ryan Cruthers leads Orlando with 16 goals.

·     Stingrays are 21-4-0 when scoring first.

·     Solar Bears are 8-2-3 when outshooting their opponent at home.  


Reading Royals (33-13-6) at Elmira Jackals (26-19-4)                                           7:05 p.m. ET 

·     David Vallorani leads Reading against the Jackals with 12 points (3g-9a).

·     Elmira’s Jordan Pietrus is fifth with 171 shots on goal.

·     Royals are tied for third on the penalty kill at 84.8 percent (178-for-210).

·     Jackals are tied for fourth with four shorthanded goals against.  


Toledo Walleye (28-18-4) at Kalamazoo Wings (23-22-5)                                       7:30 p.m. ET 

·     Toledo’s Wes O’Neill is third among defensemen with 11 goals.

·     Kory Karlander leads Kalamazoo against the Walleye with seven points (4g-3a).

·     Walleye are tied for fourth with nine shorthanded goals.

·     K-Wings are 14-2-3 when leading after two periods.  


Trenton Titans (20-23-7) at Cincinnati Cyclones (29-16-6)                         7:35 p.m. ET 

·     Trenton’s Scott Wedgewood is third with 2,015 minutes played.

·     Cincinnati’s Josh Shalla is fifth with a 22.9 percent shooting percentage (16-for-70).

·     Titans are 16-3-3 when scoring first.

·     Cyclones are third on the penalty kill at home at 88.5 percent (85-for-96).  


Wheeling Nailers (21-19-9) at Gwinnett Gladiators (31-19-3)                                7:35 p.m. ET 

·     Wheeling’s Peter Delmas is seventh with a 2.40 goals-against average.

·     Gwinnett’s Casey Pierro-Zabotel is fifth with 55 points (15g-40a).

·     Nailers are league’s least-penalized team with 12.53 penalty minutes per game.

·     Gladiators are third with 2.62 goals-against per game.  


Fort Wayne Komets (26-23-2) at Evansville IceMen (17-30-5)                              7:15 p.m. CT 

·     Brandon Marino leads Fort Wayne against the IceMen with 13 points (5g-8a).

·     Evansville’s Josh Beaulieu is tied for second with 11 power-play goals.

·     Komets are tied for first with 10 shorthanded goals.

·     IceMen are 14-2-4 when leading after two periods.  


Alaska Aces (35-11-5) at Utah Grizzlies (19-22-7)                                                   7:05 p.m. MT 

·     Nick Mazzolini leads Alaska against the Grizzlies with eight goals.

·     Utah’s Mitch Wahl leads the league with 32 power-play points (9g-23a).

·     Aces are 24-0-4 when scoring first.

·     Grizzlies are third on the power play at 22.5 percent (55-for-244).  


Colorado Eagles (24-22-3) at Bakersfield Condors (15-34-5)                                 7 p.m. PT 

·     Trent Daavettila leads Colorado against the Condors with nine points (2g-7a).

·     Bakersfield’s Scott Greenham is third with 940 saves.

·     Eagles are third with 3.49 goals per game.

·     Condors are 12-1-1 when leading after two periods.  


Idaho Steelheads (32-14-5) at Las Vegas Wranglers (26-19-5)                              7:05 p.m. PT 

·     Idaho’s Matt Case is second among defensemen with 34 points (6g-28a).

·     Eric Lampe leads Las Vegas against the Steelheads with five points (3g-2a).

·     Steelheads are third on the power play on the road at 22.7 percent (30-for-132).

·     Wranglers are second with six shorthanded goals at home.  


Ontario Reign (35-11-4) at Stockton Thunder (24-20-9)                                         7:30 p.m. PT 

·     Ontario’s Cameron Burt is tied for third among defensemen with 25 assists.

·     Stockton’s Justin Maylan is tied for fourth among rookies with 40 points (18g-22a).

·     Reign are 29-1-4 when scoring first.

·     Thunder are sixth with 32.08 shots per game.


Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

Idaho can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Friday if:

Idaho wins OR Bakersfield loses in regulation OR Idaho loses in overtime shootout AND Bakersfield loses


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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.

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

• 11 ECHL players have made their NHL debuts this season: former Gwinnett Gladiators forward Matt Anderson (New Jersey on Jan. 29), former Stockton Thunder center and 2011 ECHL All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Mark Arcobello (Edmonton on Feb. 6), former Charlotte Checkers, Wheeling Nailers, Pensacola Ice Pilots, Florida Everblades and Augsuta Lynx left wing Patrick Bordeleau (Colorado on Jan. 19), former Cincinnati Cyclones forward Cory Conacher (Tampa Bay on Jan. 19), former Ontario Reign and Orlando Solar Bears goaltender Darcy Kuemper (Minnesota on Feb. 12), former Toledo Walleye defenseman Brian Lashoff (Detroit on Jan. 21), former Toledo Walleye goaltender Petr Mrazek (Detroit on Feb. 7), former Alaska Aces right wing Anthony Peluso (Winnipeg on Feb. 12), former Reading Royals left wing Antoine Roussel (Dallas on Feb. 1), former Wheeling Nailers center and 2011 ECHL All-Star Ben Street (Calgary on Feb. 9) and former Toledo Storm right wing and 2007 ECHL All-Star Jamie Tardif (Boston on Feb. 2).

• The ECHL has had 309 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.

• 245 ECHL players have played their first game in the last eight seasons for an average of more than 30 per year.

• ECHL had a record 87 players on NHL opening-day rosters in 2012-13, surpassing the 81 from 2011-12 and marking the 10th 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.

• 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 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.

• 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.