ECHL Today – March 23


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Cincinnati Cyclones (41-19-8) at Florida Everblades (34-22-11)                            7 p.m. ET 

·     Mike Embach leads Cincinnati against the Everblades with four goals.

·     Florida’s Mathieu Roy leads the league with 75 points (33g-42a).

·     Cyclones are tied for fourth with 11 shorthanded goals.

·     Everblades are 24-3-5 when scoring first.  


Fort Wayne Komets (32-33-3) at Elmira Jackals (37-23-7)                                    7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Fort Wayne’s Brandon Marino is tied for fourth with 71 points (20g-51a).

·     Elmira’s Jordan Pietrus is tied for first with six shorthanded points (2g-4a).

·     Komets are 14-1-0 when leading after one period.

·     Jackals are second with 3.49 goals per game.  


Wheeling Nailers (29-27-11) at Trenton Titans (28-31-8)                                       7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Wheeling’s Paul Crowder is tied for third with three shorthanded assists.

·     Shane Harper leads Trenton against the Nailers with five goals and six points.

·     Nailers are 17-2-3 when leading after two periods.

·     Titans are tied for third on the power play at 20.8 percent (65-for-313).  


Reading Royals (44-18-6) at Toledo Walleye (35-24-9)                                          7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Reading’s David Vallorani is second among rookies with 58 points (17g-41a).

·     Toledo’s Willie Coetzee is fourth with 250 shots on goal.

·     Royals are 30-3-4 when scoring first.

·     Walleye are tied for third with five shorthanded goals against.  


South Carolina Stingrays (36-25-8) at Gwinnett Gladiators (41-26-3)                    7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Robby Dee leads South Carolina against the Gladiators with eight points (2g-6a).

·     Gwinnett’s Sacha Guimond leads defensemen with 46 points (12g-34a).

·     Stingrays are second with 2.42 goals-against per game.

·     Gladiators are fourth with 27.51 shots-against per game.  


Kalamazoo Wings (32-29-6) at Evansville IceMen (23-39-6)                                 7:15 p.m. CT 

·     Kalamazoo’s Joel Martin leads the league with 29 wins.

·     Dylan Clarke leads Evansville against the K-Wings with 11 points (4g-7a).

·     K-Wings are league’s least-penalized team with 12.72 penalty minutes per game.

·     IceMen are third on the power play at home at 22.9 percent (30-for-131).   


Alaska Aces (47-15-7) at Colorado Eagles (33-29-6)                                              7:05 p.m. MT 

·     Garry Nunn leads Alaska against the Eagles with 12 points (3g-9a).

·     Colorado’s Michael Forney is third with 73 points (34g-39a).

·     Aces lead the league with two shorthanded goals against.

·     Eagles are sixth with 3.32 goals per game.  


Ontario Reign (44-17-7) at Idaho Steelheads (43-18-7)                                          7:10 p.m. MT 

·     Ontario’s Matthew Clune is tied for third among defensemen in plus-minus at +24.

·     Austin Smith leads Idaho against the Reign with eight goals and nine points.

·     Reign are 36-2-6 when scoring first.

·     Steelheads are second on the power play at home at 24.8 percent (38-for-153).  


Utah Grizzlies (26-29-12) at Las Vegas Wranglers (34-29-5)                                 7:05 p.m. PT 

·     Utah’s Nick Tuzzolino is second among defensemen with 21 power-play points (2g-19a).

·     Chris Francis leads Las Vegas against the Grizzlies with eight points (3g-5a).

·     Grizzlies are first on the power play on the road at 23.3 percent (41-for-176).

·     Wranglers are fifth with 2.68 goals-against per game.  


Stockton Thunder (35-26-9) at San Francisco Bulls (24-35-8)                                7:15 p.m. PT 

·     Stockton’s Harrison Reed is fifth with 12 power-play goals.

·     Jordan Morrison leads San Francisco against the Thunder with five goals.

·     Thunder are 25-6-6 when scoring first.

·     Bulls are 12-2-4 when leading after two periods.


Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

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

Toledo wins OR Toledo loses in overtime/shootout OR Kalamazoo loses

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

Florida wins OR Florida loses in overtime/shootout OR Kalamazoo loses

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

Kalamazoo loses

Gwinnett can clinch the South Division title on Saturday if:

Gwinnett wins AND Florida loses in regulation

Alaska can clinch the Mountain Division title on Saturday if:

Alaska wins OR Alaska loses in overtime/shootout OR Idaho loses

Alaska can clinch the Brabham Cup on Saturday if:

Alaska wins OR Ontario loses in regulation AND Reading loses 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.

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

• 17 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 Utah Grizzlies defenseman and 2010 ECHL All-Star Victor Bartley (Nashville on March 8), 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 Trenton Devils goaltender Jeff Frazee (New Jersey on March 9), former South Carolina Stingrays and Reading Royals goaltender and 2013 ECHL All-Star Philipp Grubauer (Washington on Feb. 27), 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 Las Vegas Wranglers, Toledo Walleye and Idaho Steelheads defenseman Steve Oleksy (Washington on March 5), former Alaska Aces right wing Anthony Peluso (Winnipeg on Feb. 12), former South Carolina Stingrays center Steve Pinizzotto (Vancouver on March 14), former Ontario Reign right wing Jon Rheault (Florida on March 5), 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 315 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.

• 251 ECHL players have played their first game in the last eight seasons for an average of more than 31 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.