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Reading Royals (19-20-6) at Florida Everblades (22-20-4) 7 p.m. ET
· Reading’s Denny Urban is second among rookies with 15 power-play points (2g-13a).
· Florida’s David Fischer is tied for fourth among defensemen with 29 points (4g-25a).
· Everblades are fourth with 3.39 goals per game.
Kalamazoo Wings (24-15-5) at Toledo Walleye (18-22-4) 7 p.m. ET
· Darryl Bootland leads Kalamazoo against the Walleye with eight goals.
· Toledo’s Bryan Rufenach is second among defensemen with 108 shots.
· K-Wings are first on the power play at 22.9 percent (47-for-205).
· Walleye are 10-1-2 when leading after two periods.
Wheeling Nailers (25-16-3) at Trenton Titans (15-23-6) 7 p.m. ET
· Wheeling’s Chris Barton is tied for fifth with 22 goals.
· Ryan Hayes leads Trenton against the Nailers with six points (0g-6a).
· Nailers are tied for third with three shorthanded goals against.
· Titans are second on the power play at home at 22.2 percent (20-for-90).
Greenville Road Warriors (26-17-2) at Gwinnett Gladiators (24-12-10) 7:05 p.m. ET
· Greenville’s Justin Bowers is tied for second with 57 points (14g-43a).
· Nikita Kashirsky leads Gwinnett against the Road Warriors with 10 points (3g-7a).
· Road Warriors are first on the power play on the road at 23.2 percent (23-for-99).
· Gladiators are 20-5-3 when scoring first.
South Carolina Stingrays (27-18-2) at Cincinnati Cyclones (20-14-6) 7:35 p.m. ET
· South Carolina’s Philipp Grubauer is tied for third with 17 wins.
· Cincinnati’s Mathew Sisca is tied for third among rookies with 15 goals.
· Stingrays are second with 2.32 goals-against per game.
· Cyclones are second with two shorthanded goals against.
Chicago Express (21-17-7) at Elmira Jackals (26-15-3) 7:35 p.m. ET
· Chicago’s Tyler Donati is second with 36 assists.
· Elmira’s Dustin Gazley leads rookies with 44 points (12g-32a).
· Express are 12-3-3 when scoring first.
· Jackals are 16-5-3 in one-goal games.
Ontario Reign (25-14-4) at Utah Grizzlies (19-20-5) 7:05 p.m. ET
· Ontario’s Chris Carrozzi is fourth with a 2.19 goals-against average.
· Utah’s Nick Tuzzolino is tied for first among defensemen with three game-winning goals.
· Reign are first on the penalty kill at 87.6 percent (177-for-202).
· Grizzlies are 9-1-2 when leading after two periods.
Colorado Eagles (23-16-5) at Bakersfield Condors (10-31-5) 7 p.m. PT
· Colorado’s Kyle Jones is second with 18 wins.
· Eagles are 13-5-3 when scoring first.
· Condors are tied for first with nine shorthanded goals.
Alaska Aces (32-10-6) at Las Vegas Wranglers (29-14-4) 7:05 p.m. PT
· Alaska’s Adam Courchaine is third with a 2.17 goals-against average.
· Las Vegas’ Adam Miller is fourth with 53 points (22g-31a).
· Aces are league’s least-penalized team with 12.83 penalty minutes per game.
· Wranglers are 20-3-1 when scoring first.
Idaho Steelheads (20-20-5) at Stockton Thunder (23-18-4) 7:30 p.m. ET
· Idaho’s Jacob Cepis is second among rookies with 17 goals.
· Stockton’s Kevin Baker is second with 197 shots.
· Steelheads are 10-0-4 when leading after two periods.
· Thunder are 8-1-0 in their last nine games.
MOST CAREER COACHING WINS, REGULAR SEASON
491 – John Marks (Charlotte, 1993-98; Greenville, 1998-06; Pensacola, 2007-08 and Augusta, 2008-09)
480 – John Brophy (Hampton Roads, 1989-2000 and Wheeling, 2001-03)
446 – Jeff Pyle (Mobile, 1998-02 and Gwinnett, 2003-11)
332 – Jason Christie (Peoria, 2000-05; Utah, 2005-08 and Ontario, 2011-Present)
– Frank Anzalone (Nashville, 1991-92; Roanoke, 1993-98; Pee Dee, 1999-2000 and Johnstown, 2005-07)
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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
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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.
• 483 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 23 in 2010-11.
• 16 ECHL players have made their NHL debut in 2011-12: former Florida Everblades center Mike Angelidis (Tampa Bay on Jan. 24), former Victoria Salmon Kings defenseman Jordie Benn (Dallas on Jan. 3), 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), Stockton Thunder center Milan Kytnar (Edmonton on Jan. 11), 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 Cincinnati Cyclones center Ryan Russell (Columbus on Jan. 7), 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 291 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.
• 227 ECHL players have played their first game in the last seven seasons for an average of more than 32 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 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 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.
• 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.