ECHL Today – Mar. 21

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Preview of ECHL Games for Saturday, Mar. 21, 2009

Cincinnati Cyclones (35-24-5) at Trenton Devils (34-24-6) 7 p.m. ET
• Trenton’s Gerald Coleman is second in the league with 25 wins and is third with a goals-against average of 2.39.
• Cyclones have won the last two meetings and are 3-0-0 at Trenton and 4-1-0 overall in season series with Devils.
• Devils’ Jim Henkel has eight assists and 13 points in his last 10 games.
• Rookie Mark Van Guilder leads the Cyclones against Trenton with four assists and seven points in five games.

Mississippi Sea Wolves (27-30-7) at South Carolina Stingrays (36-22-6) 7:05 p.m. ET
• South Carolina’s Maxime Lacroix has a three-game point streak (2g-4a) and a three-game assist streak (4a).
• Sea Wolves’ Ryan Cruthers is fifth among ECHL rookies with 62 points (28g-34a) in 58 games.
• Stingrays rookie defenseman Josh Godfrey has a three-game point streak (1g-4a).
• Mississippi is 15-0-3 when leading after two periods.

Gwinnett Gladiators (28-29-6) at Dayton Bombers (29-30-5) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Bombers’ David Shantz is 2-1-0 with a shootout win and a save percentage of .921 in his last three starts.
• Gladiators rookie Matt Siddall has five goals and six points in his last four games.
• Dayton’s Justin Chwedoruk has four points (2g-2a) in his last four games.
• Gwinnett’s Tom Zanoski has five assists and six points in his last six games.

Johnstown Chiefs (35-25-4) at Elmira Jackals (34-24-6) 7:35 p.m. PT
• Jackals’ Steve Yetman has a two-game goal streak (2g) and seven points (4g-3a) in his last seven games.
• Johnstown rookie Andrew Sarauer has five assists and seven points in his last five games.
• Elmira’s Derek Couture has four assists and seven points in his last four games.
• Chiefs’ Ian Keserich is 3-3-1 with a goals-against average of 2.42 against Elmira.

Reading Royals (21-39-4) at Wheeling Nailers (33-23-8) 7:35 p.m. PT
• Nailers’ David Brown is 2-0-0 with a shootout win in his last two starts.
• Royals’ Michael Ouzas is 3-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.91 against Wheeling.
• Wheeling rookie Andrew Lord has a three-game point streak (2g-3a) and a three-game assist streak (3a).
David Nimmo (4g-5a) and Tyler Doig (2g-7a) lead the Royals against Wheeling with nine points each.

Phoenix RoadRunners (27-32-5) at Ontario Reign (35-26-5) 7 p.m. PT
• Reign are 7-2-0 overall and 2-2-0 at home against Phoenix.
• RoadRunners’ Daniel Sisca has 13 points (6g-7a) in his last 12 games.
• Ontario rookie Tim Kraus has eight assists and 11 points in his last 10 games.
• Phoenix rookie David Rutherford has three points (2g-1a) in his last four games.

Idaho Steelheads (37-22-4) at Victoria Salmon Kings (35-24-7) 7:05 p.m. PT
• Salmon Kings rookie Brady Leavold has a three-game goal streak (4g) and a three-game point streak (4g-0a).
• Idaho’s Matt Climie (2.44) and Rejean Beauchemin (2.69) are fourth and seventh in goals-against average.
• Victoria’s Todd Ford is tied for third in the league with four shutouts and is fifth with a 2.54 goals-against average.
• Steelheads are 6-2-0 in overtime and 6-2-0 in shootouts and 22-8-4 in one-goal games.

Alaska Aces (41-22-3) at Las Vegas Wranglers (31-26-8) 7:30 p.m. PT
• Wranglers’ Justin Taylor has five points (3g-2a) in his last four games and 12 points (4g-8a) in his last 10 games.
• Alaska rookie Jean-Philippe Lamoureux is 4-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.17 against Las Vegas.
• Las Vegas’ Glenn Fisher is 4-0-0 with two shutouts and a goals-against average of 0.75 in his last four starts.
Colin Hemingway leads the Aces against Las Vegas with nine assists and 12 points in seven games.

Bakersfield Condors (29-30-7) at Stockton Thunder (30-30-5) 7:30 p.m. PT
• Thunder rookie Ryan Huddy has 11 assists and 15 points in his last 10 games.
Dave Bonk leads the Condors against Stockton with seven assists and 12 points in six games.
• Stockton rookie James Bates has seven assists and 10 points in his last 10 games.
• Condors have won the last four meetings and are 3-0-0 at Stockton and 5-1-0 overall in season series.

Kelly Cup Playoff Update

Ontario can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday with a win OR with an overtime shootout loss AND a win by Stockton OR with a win in regulation by Stockton

Florida can clinch the South Division and the American Conference on Saturday with a win by Mississippi

ECHL Record Book Look

Most Shutouts By Goaltender, Season
7 – Jean-Philippe Lamoureux, Alaska, 2008-09
– Frederic Cloutier, Louisiana, 2001-02
– David Brumby, Jackson, 1999-2000
– Maxime Gingras, Richmond, 1998-99
6 – Alfie Michaud, Peoria, 2004-05
– Matthew Yeats, Texas, 2006-07

Most Shutouts, One Season
11 – Wheeling Nailers, 2003-04
10 – Wheeling Nailers, 2004-05
– Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, 2003-04
– Louisiana IceGators, 2001-02
9 – four times, most recent; Alaska Aces, 2008-09

Most Ties, One Season
18 – Mobile Mysticks, 2001-02
16 – Utah Grizzlies, 2008-09
Johnstown Chiefs, 2005-06
15 – South Carolina Stingrays, 2005-06
14 – seven times, most recent; Las Vegas Wranglers, 2006-07

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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
* 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 21 teams in 16 states and British Columbia in 2008-09.
* The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
* Affiliations with 24 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League marking 12th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
* 401 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
* 145 have played their first NHL game in the last four seasons.
* 46 former ECHL players have made their NHL debut this season: former Idaho Steelheads right wing Jay Beagle (Washington on Feb. 11), former Wheeling Nailers and ECHL All-Star defenseman Paul Bissonnette (Pittsburgh on Oct. 4), former Stockton Thunder and ECHL All-Star right wing Troy Bodie (Anaheim on Jan. 16), former Bakersfield Condors center Alexandre Bolduc (Vancouver on Nov. 27), former Florida Everblades defenseman Brett Carson (Carolina on Dec. 7), former South Carolina Stingrays defenseman Sean Collins (Washington on Dec. 6), former Las Vegas Wranglers and Wheeling Nailers goaltender John Curry (Pittsburgh on Nov. 26), former Greenville Grrrowl goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers (Edmonton on Oct. 17), former Johnstown Chiefs center Andre Deveaux (Toronto on Nov. 27), former Dayton Bombers center Philippe Dupuis (Colorado on Dec. 12), former Gwinnett Gladiators left wing Chris Durno (Colorado on Jan. 18), former Gwinnett Gladiators right wing Pat Dwyer (Carolina on Nov. 2), former Columbus Cottonmouths and Tallahassee Tiger Sharks left wing Mitch Fritz (New York Islanders on Oct. 30), former South Carolina Stingrays right wing Andrew Gordon (Washington on Dec. 23), former Augusta Lynx and Mississippi Sea Wolves goaltender Riku Helenius (Tampa Bay on Jan. 30), former Charlotte Checkers center Dwight Helminen (Carolina on Oct. 28), former Florida Everblades and ECHL All-Star center Matt Hendricks (Colorado on Mar. 10), former Las Vegas Wranglers goaltender Brent Krahn (Dallas on Feb. 14), former Trenton Devils right wing Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (New Jersey on Oct. 22), former Gwinnett Gladiators defenseman Scott Lehman (Atlanta on Dec. 18), former Utah Grizzlies defenseman Andrew MacDonald (New York Islanders on Feb. 28), former Charlotte Checkers defenseman Steve MacIntyre (Edmonton on Oct. 15), former Florida Everblades left wing Kenndal McArdle (Florida on Dec. 2), two-time All-Star and former Las Vegas Wranglers goaltender Mike McKenna (Tampa Bay on Feb. 3), former All-Star and Wheeling Nailers center Kurtis McLean (New York Islanders on Jan. 19), former South Carolina Stingrays and ECHL All-Star goaltender Michal Neuvirth (Washingtons on Feb. 14), former Columbia Inferno defenseman Phil Oreskovic (Toronto on Mar. 9), former Phoenix RoadRunners and Wheeling Nailers center Cam Paddock (St. Louis on Nov. 14), former Las Vegas Wranglers defenseman Adam Pardy (Calgary on Oct. 9), former Idaho Steelheads left wing Warren Peters (Calgary on Dec. 7), former Charlotte Checkers center Jakub Petruzalek (Carolina on Feb. 5), former Charlotte Checkers defenseman Corey Potter (New York Rangers on Dec. 7), former Augusta Lynx defenseman Kevin Quick (Tampa Bay on Jan. 13), former Utah Grizzlies right wing Joel Rechlicz (New York Islanders on Mar. 4), former Charlotte Checkers, Columbia Inferno and Elmira Jackals defenseman Bryan Rodney (Carolina on Dec. 11), former Gwinnett Gladiators center Jared Ross (Philadelphia on Oct. 11), former Alaska Aces goaltender Marek Schwarz (St. Louis on Oct. 25), former Greenville Grrrowl and Stockton Thunder center Tim Sestito (Edmonton on Nov. 26), former Dayton Bombers and Las Vegas Wranglers defenseman Tyler Sloan (Washington on Oct. 21), former Utah Grizzlies and ECHL All-Star center Trevor Smith (New York Islanders on Dec. 31), former Johnstown Chiefs and Mississippi Sea Wolves forward Radek Smolenak (Tampa Bay on Dec. 2), former Augusta Lynx defenseman Brett Skinner (New York Islanders on Oct. 27), former Las Vegas Wranglers and ECHL All-Star defenseman Tyson Strachan (St. Louis on Dec. 18), former Phoenix RoadRunners goaltender Josh Tordjman (Phoenix on Mar. 8), former Wheeling Nailers right wing Tim Wallace (Pittsburgh on Dec. 10) and former Idaho Steelheads center Tom Wandell (Dallas on Dec. 10).
* There were 72 former ECHL players on NHL opening-day rosters.
* Twenty-six former ECHL players made their NHL debut in 2007-08 including six who played in both the ECHL and the NHL: Chris Beckford-Tseu (Alaska and St. Louis), Adam Berti (Pensacola and Chicago), Joe Jensen (Wheeling and Carolina), Dan LaCosta (Elmira and Columbus), Jonathan Quick (Reading and Los Angeles) and Danny Taylor (Reading and Los Angeles).
* Record 47 former ECHL players played their first NHL game in 2005-06.
* ECHL is represented for the eighth consecutive year on the National Hockey League championship team in 2008 by Aaron Downey of the Detroit Red Wings.
* Former ECHL coaches working as head coaches in the NHL are Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals and Scott Gordon of the New York Islanders while former ECHL player Dan Bylsma is the interim head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. 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. Peter Laviolette, who began his coaching career with the Wheeling Nailers, led Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup in 2006.
* There are 18 assistant coaches in the NHL who were players or coaches in the ECHL.
* There are 18 former ECHL officials scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2008-09 with referees David Banfield, Chris Ciamaga, Ghislain Hebert, Marc Joannette, Mike Leggo, Wes McCauley, Dean Morton, Dan O’Rourke, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Kyle Rehman, Chris Rooney, Justin St. Pierre and Ian Walsh and linesmen Steve Barton, Brian Mach, Tim Nowak and Jay Sharrers. Barton, Joannette, Leggo, McCauley, Nowak, Pollock, Rooney and Sharrers all worked the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
* ECHL has affiliations with 23 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey League and for the past 19 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion.
* In the last six seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 2,000 call-ups involving more than 1,000 players since 2002-03.
* Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.