ECHL Today – Feb. 24


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South Carolina Stingrays (30-23-5) at Greenville Road Warriors (30-20-6)          4 p.m. ET 

·     South Carolina’s Ryan Zapolski leads the league with a 1.69 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage.

·     Greenville’s Steven Delisle is fourth among defensemen in plus-minus at +21.

·     Stingrays are 26-0-2 when leading after two periods.

·     Road Warriors are fifth with 32.36 shots per game.  


Trenton Titans (21-26-8) at Reading Royals (35-15-6)                                           4:05 p.m. ET 

·     Stephen Schultz leads Trenton against the Royals with nine goals and 15 points.

·     Reading’s David Vallorani is tied for fifth among rookies with 42 points (12g-30a).

·     Titans are second on the penalty kill at 85.8 percent (193-for-225).

·     Royals are second with 26.82 shots-against per game.  


Kalamazoo Wings (27-23-5) at Elmira Jackals (29-20-5)                                        4:05 p.m. ET 

·     Kalamazoo’s Sam Ftorek is tied for third among defensemen with 34 points (9g-25a).

·     Elmira’s Jordan Pietrus is tied for the league lead with five shorthanded points (2g-3a).

·     K-Wings are 16-2-3 when leading after two periods.

·     Jackals are 20-5-3 when scoring first.  


Utah Grizzlies (21-26-7) at Colorado Eagles (26-24-4)                                            2:05 p.m. MT 

·     Utah’s Nick Tuzzolino is tied for seventh among defensemen with 29 points (4g-25a).

·     Trent Daavettila leads Colorado against the Grizzlies with 11 points (3g-8a).

·     Grizzlies lead the league with 33.67 shots per game.

·     Eagles are first on the power play at home at 27.2 percent (43-for-158).  


Wheeling Nailers (22-22-9) at Fort Wayne Komets (27-27-2)                                5 p.m. ET 

·     Paul Crowder leads Wheeling with 16 goals and 38 points.

·     Fort Wayne’s Brandon Marino is tied for second with 61 points (19g-42a).

·     Nailers are 12-4-9 in one-goal games.

·     Komets are tied for second with 10 shorthanded goals.  


Cincinnati Cyclones (33-17-6) at Toledo Walleye (30-19-6)                                    5:05 p.m. ET 

·     Mathieu Aubin leads Cincinnati against the Walleye with seven points (2g-5a).

·     Toledo’s Kent Simpson is seventh with a 2.41 goals-against average.

·     Cyclones have outscored their opponents 67-47 in the third period.

·     Walleye are league’s third-least penalized team with 13.73 penalty minutes per game.  


Ontario Reign (38-13-5) at Stockton Thunder (28-22-9)                                         4 p.m. PT 

·     Ontario’s C.J. Stretch is second in plus-minus at +26.

·     Stockton’s Justin Maylan is tied for fourth among rookies with 18 goals.

·     Reign are 31-2-5 when scoring first.

·     Thunder are 21-3-4 when leading after two periods.  


Las Vegas Wranglers (28-22-5) at Alaska Aces (39-12-6)                                      3:05 p.m. AKT 

·     Andrew Sarauer leads Las Vegas against the Aces with seven points (3g-4a).

·     Alaska’s Nick Mazzolini is second with nine game-winning goals.

·     Wranglers are second on the penalty kill on the road at 86.5 percent (90-for-104).

·     Aces are 21-5-5 against Pacific Division opponents.


3 –
Ryan Zapolski, South Carolina, 2012-13
Jeff Jakaitis, Gwinnett, 2011-12
Shane Connelly, South Carolina, 2009-10
   – Sebastien Laplante, Pee Dee, 2004-05
   – Andrew Allen, Trenton, 2002-03
   – Darryl Paquette, Hampton Roads, 1996-97

4 –
Stephen Schultz, Trenton (Feb. 23, 2013 vs. Reading)
Michael Dubuc, South Carolina (Feb. 7, 2009 vs. Florida)
Barret Ehgoetz, Cincinnati (Jan. 14, 2009 vs. Wheeling)
Chanse Fitzpatrick, Dayton (Nov. 3, 2007 vs. Trenton)
   – Matt Oates, Columbus (March 8, 1996 at Erie)

Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

Stockton can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Sunday if:

Stockton wins in regulation


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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.