ECHL Today – Feb. 9


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Reading Royals (31-12-6) at Wheeling Nailers (21-16-9)                                       7 p.m. ET 

·     Reading’s David Vallorani is ninth among rookies with 33 points (10g-23a).

·     Paul Crowder leads Wheeling against the Royals with seven points (3g-4a).

·     Royals are fourth with 3.45 goals per game.

·     Nailers are first on the penalty kill at home at 89.8 percent (88-for-98).  


Cincinnati Cyclones (26-16-6) at Greenville Road Warriors (29-17-4)                  7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Cincinnati’s Josh Birkholz leads rookies with three shorthanded goals.

·     Greenville’s Danny Hobbs is on a six-game point streak since Jan. 26 (1g-9a).

·     Cyclones are 16-0-1 when leading after two periods.

·     Road Warriors have outscored their opponents 68-52 in the third period. 


Orlando Solar Bears (22-23-5) at Florida Everblades (23-16-9)                             7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Mathew Sisca leads Orlando against the Everblades with 16 points (5g-11a).

·     Florida’s Mathieu Roy is tied for seventh with 50 points (17g-33a).

·     Solar Bears are tied for fifth with four shorthanded goals against.

·     Everblades are second on the power play at home at 25.3 percent (23-for-91).  


Evansville IceMen (17-28-5) at Gwinnett Gladiators (30-18-3)                              7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Josh Beaulieu leads Evansville with 21 goals.

·     Gwinnett’s Casey Pierro-Zabotel is tied for fourth with 36 assists.

·     IceMen are sixth on the penalty kill on the road at 82.9 percent (92-for-111).

·     Gladiators are 27-1-2 when scoring first.  


Toledo Walleye (27-17-4) at South Carolina Stingrays (24-23-4)                           7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Toledo’s Kent Simpson is eighth with a 2.45 goals-against average.

·     Hunter Bishop leads South Carolina with 20 goals.

·     Walleye are tied for third with nine shorthanded goals.

·     Stingrays are sixth with 2.73 goals-against per game.  


Kalamazoo Wings (22-20-5) at Trenton Titans (19-23-6)                                        7:35 p.m. ET 

·     Kalamazoo’s Elgin Reid is third among defensemen with 29 points (9g-20a).

·     Trenton’s Mike Ullrich is on a five-game goal streak since Jan. 30 (6g).

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

·     Titans are 15-3-3 when scoring first.  


Las Vegas Wranglers (24-19-5) at Ontario Reign (35-11-3)                                   6 p.m. PT 

·     Andrew Sarauer leads Las Vegas against the Reign with three goals.

·     Ontario’s Matthew Clune leads rookies in plus-minus at +21.

·     Wranglers are sixth with 32.02 shots per game.

·     Reign are 22-4-0 against Pacific Division opponents.  


Fort Wayne Komets (26-21-2) at Colorado Eagles (23-22-3)                                  7:05 p.m. MT 

·     Fort Wayne’s Brandon Marino is second with 40 assists

·     Colorado’s Michael Forney is tied for fourth with 10 power-play goals.

·     Komets are third with 15 road wins (15-8-2).

·     Eagles are first on the power play at 23.9 percent (57-for-238).  


Idaho Steelheads (30-12-5) at Utah Grizzlies (18-20-7)                                           7:05 p.m. MT 

·     Idaho’s Matt Case is tied for fourth among defensemen with 28 points (5g-23a).

·     Mitch Wahl leads Utah against the Steelheads with four goals and 10 points.

·     Steelheads are 24-3-1 when scoring first.

·     Grizzlies are first with 33.36 shots per game.  


Bakersfield Condors (14-33-5) at San Francisco Bulls (17-23-7)                            7:15 p.m. PT 

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

·     Dean Ouellet leads San Francisco against the Condors with seven goals.

·     Condors are seventh on the power play on the road at 19.2 percent (25-for-130).

·     Bulls are 8-1-3 when leading after two periods.  


Stockton Thunder (24-19-8) at Alaska Aces (33-11-5)                                            7:15 p.m. AKT 

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

·     Alaska’s Nick Mazzolini is second with 26 goals.

·     Thunder are third with 32.55 shots per game.

·     Aces are 18-4-5 against non-divisional opponents.


Kelly Cup Playoffs Update 


Alaska can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday if:  


Alaska wins OR Bakersfield loses in regulation




Alaska loses in overtime/shootout AND Bakersfield loses in overtime/shootout


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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.

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

• Seven 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 Cincinnati Cyclones forward Cory Conacher (Tampa Bay on Jan. 19), former Toledo Walleye defenseman Brian Lashoff (Detroit on Jan. 21), former Toledo Walleye goaltender Petr Mrazek (Detroit on Feb. 7), former Reading Royals left wing Antoine Roussel (Dallas on Feb. 1) and former Toledo Storm right wing and 2007 ECHL All-Star Jamie Tardif (Boston on Feb. 2).

• The ECHL has had 305 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.

• 241 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.