ECHL Today – Jan. 27


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Bakersfield Condors (12-29-4) at Kalamazoo Wings (19-19-4)                              3 p.m. ET 

·     Bakersfield’s Peter Boyd is on a four-game goal streak since Jan. 19 (4g).

·     Kalamazoo’s Sam Ftorek is tied for fifth among defensemen with 26 points (4g-22a).

·     Condors are 10-0-1 when leading after two periods.

·     K-Wings are league’s second-least penalized team with 13.17 penalty minutes per game.  


Orlando Solar Bears (19-21-4) at South Carolina Stingrays (21-22-4)                   3:05 p.m. ET 

·     Orlando’s Ryan Cruthers is on a four-game goal streak since Jan. 19 (4g).

·     Tyler McNeely leads South Carolina against the Solar Bears with six points (2g-4a).

·     Solar Bears are 12-0-1 when leading after two periods.

·     Stingrays are sixth on the power play at home at 23.3 percent (20-for-86). 


Cincinnati Cyclones (25-14-5) at Wheeling Nailers (20-14-8)                                 4 p.m. ET 

·     Cincinnati’s Taylor Ellington is fourth among defensemen with 101 shots on goal.

·     Paul Crowder leads Wheeling with 15 goals and 33 points.

·     Cyclones are fourth on the penalty kill at 84.7 percent (149-for-176).

·     Nailers are 16-3-4 when scoring first.  


Las Vegas Wranglers (18-18-5) at Reading Royals (29-10-4)                                4:05 p.m. ET 

·     Las Vegas’ Joe Fallon is seventh with a 2.41 goals-against average.

·     Reading’s Adam Comrie leads defensemen with 31 points (16g-15a).

·     Wranglers are sixth with 32.00 shots per game.

·     Royals are 8-1-2 when outshot by their opponent.  


Trenton Titans (17-19-6) at Elmira Jackals (21-17-4)                                             4:05 p.m. ET 

·     Stephen Schultz leads Trenton against the Jackals with 10 points (3g-7a).

·     Elmira’s Dustin Gazley is tied for fifth with 33 assists.

·     Titans are 13-3-3 when scoring first.

·     Jackals are 10-4-4 in one-goal games.  


Idaho Steelheads (26-11-5) at Gwinnett Gladiators (27-17-2)                                 4:05 p.m. ET 

·     Idaho’s Austin Fyten is tied for first among rookies with 38 points (13g-25a).

·     Gwinnett’s Doug Jones is second with 167 shots on goal.

·     Steelheads are second with 50 first-period goals.

·     Gladiators are fifth with 27.00 shots-against per game.  


Greenville Road Warriors (27-14-4) at Florida Everblades (20-15-7)                    5 p.m. ET 

·     Greenville’s Brendan Connolly is on an eight-game point streak since Jan. 5 (7g-6a).

·     Matthew Pistilli leads Florida against the Road Warriors with four goals.

·     Road Warriors are 20-6-3 against South Division opponents.

·     Everblades are 13-0-1 when leading after two periods.  


Evansville IceMen (16-25-4) at Toledo Walleye (22-17-4)                                     5:05 p.m. ET 

·     Nathan Moon leads Evansville against the Walleye with eight points (5g-3a).

·     Toledo’s Willie Coetzee leads the league with 174 shots on goal.

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

·     Walleye are first with 33.19 shots per game.  


Utah Grizzlies (17-18-5) at Stockton Thunder (21-16-8)                                          4 p.m. PT 

·     Utah’s Colin Vock (2g-6a) and Mark Isherwood (1g-6a) are both on five-game point streaks since Jan. 18.

·     Stockton’s Justin Maylan is tied for fourth among rookies with 35 points (16g-19a).

·     Grizzlies are first on the power play on the road at 23.3 percent (24-for-103).

·     Thunder are 16-3-5 when scoring first.  


San Francisco Bulls (16-21-5) at Alaska Aces (32-11-2)                                         3:05 p.m. AKT 

·     Jordan Morrison leads San Francisco against the Aces with four points (0g-4a).

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

·     Bulls are 4-0-0 when outshooting their opponent on the road.

·     Aces are second on the penalty kill at 85.6 percent (167-for-195).


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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.

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

• Former Cincinnati Cyclones forward Cory Conacher was the first former ECHL player to make his NHL debut in 2012-13 with Tampa Bay on Jan. 19.

• The ECHL has had 299 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.

• 235 ECHL players have played their first game in the last eight seasons for an average of more than 29 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.

• 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 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.