ECHL Today – March 25

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Kalamazoo Wings (36-23-7) at Trenton Devils (24-36-8)                                        7 p.m. ET

·     Kalamazoo’s Ryan Nie is second with 27 wins.

·     Trenton’s Ryan Hayes leads rookies with six shootout goals.

·     K-Wings are tied for first with three shorthanded goals against.

·     Devils are first with 35.62 shots per game.

 

Toledo Walleye (30-30-6) at Cincinnati Cyclones (31-26-10)                                  7:30 p.m. ET

·     Toledo’s Andy Bohmbach leads rookies with 61 points (22g-39a).

·     Mathieu Aubin (3g-5a) and Barret Ehgoetz (1g-7a) lead Cincinnati against the Walleye with eight points each.

·     Walleye are 20-3-1 when leading after two periods.

·     Cyclones are fourth with 29.24 shots-against per game.

 

Wheeling Nailers (35-29-3) at Florida Everblades (35-28-4)                                  7:30 p.m. ET

·     Wheeling’s Patrick Killeen is tied for first with three shutouts.

·     Florida’s Alexandre Imbeault is fourth with 35 goals.

·     Nailers are 21-1-1 when leading after two periods.

·     Everblades are second with 13 shorthanded goals.

 

Ontario Reign (24-37-6) at Idaho Steelheads (29-25-13)                                        7:10 p.m. MT

·     Kyle Kraemer leads Ontario against the Steelheads with six points (2g-4a).

·     Idaho’s Kael Mouillierat is tied for second among rookies with 57 points (23g-34a).

·     Reign are 19-7-6 in one-goal games.

·     Steelheads are first on the power play at 24.4 percent.

 

Las Vegas Wranglers (36-25-5) at Bakersfield Condors (38-25-3)                        7 p.m. PT

·     Las Vegas’ Blair Riley is tied for second among rookies with three shorthanded goals.

·     Adam Naglich leads Bakersfield against the Wranglers with seven points (3g-4a).

·     Wranglers are tied for the league lead with 19 road wins (19-10-4).

·     Condors are 24-7-2 when scoring first.

 

Victoria Salmon Kings (29-33-4) at Stockton Thunder (34-22-10)              7:30 p.m. PT

·     Victoria’s David Shantz is first with 3,034 minutes played.

·     Chris Lawrence leads Stockton against the Salmon Kings with seven goals and 13 points.

·     Salmon Kings are 27-1-1 when leading after two periods.

·     Thunder are second on the penalty kill at home at 87.6 percent (127-for-145). 

 

Utah Grizzlies (32-27-7) at Alaska Aces (42-21-3)                                                   7:15 p.m. AKT

·     Utah’s Kevin Deeth is second among rookies with 38 assists.

·     Alaska’s Wes Goldie is on a 12-game point streak since Feb. 27 (10g-10a).

·     Grizzlies are 18-11-3 when outshooting their opponent.

·     Aces are 30-6-1 when scoring first.
 
 
Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

Victoria can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Friday if:

 

Victoria wins in regulation or overtime

 
OR
 

Ontario loses in regulation

OR
 

Victoria loses in overtime/shootout AND Ontario loses

 

Alaska can clinch the Western Conference title and first-round bye in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Friday if:

 

Alaska wins AND Stockton loses AND Bakersfield loses in regulation

 
MOST SHOTS ON GOAL, SEASON
443 – Darren Colbourne, Dayton, 1991-92
397 – Darren Colbourne, Dayton, 1993-94
395 – Ryan Ginand, Trenton, 2010-11
360 – Bobby Russell, Jackson, 2000-01
357 – Darren Colbourne, Raleigh, 1996-97
 

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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 19 teams in 14 states and British Columbia in 2010-11.

• The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.

464 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 35 in 2009-10.

21 ECHL players have made their NHL debut this season: former Idaho Steelheads goaltender and 2010 ECHL All-Star Richard Bachman (Dallas on Dec. 11), former Las Vegas Wranglers right wing Adam Cracknell (St. Louis on Dec. 15), former Cincinnati Cyclones goaltender Mark Dekanich (Nashville on Dec. 18), former South Carolina Stingrays left wing Stefan Della Rovere (St. Louis on Dec. 1), former Phoenix RoadRunners center Andrew Desjardins (San Jose on Jan. 3), former Cincinnati Cyclones goaltender and 2007 ECHL All-Star Cedrick Desjardins (Cincinnati on Dec. 30), former Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies and Idaho Steelheads defenseman Brian Fahey (Washington on Oct. 16), former South Carolina Stingrays goaltender and 2010 ECHL All-Star Braden Holtby (Washington on Nov. 7), former Charlotte Checkers right wing Hugh Jessiman (Florida on Feb. 27), former Texas Wildcatters left wing Matt Kassian (Minnesota on Nov. 5), former Ontario Reign center Dwight King (Los Angeles on Nov. 17), former Utah Grizzlies goaltender Mikko Koskinen (New York Islanders on Feb. 8), former Phoenix RoadRunners and Utah Grizzlies goaltender Nathan Lawson (New York Islanders on Dec. 18), former Trenton Titans defenseman Olivier Magnan (New Jersey on Oct. 22), former Trenton Devils center Brad Mills (New Jersey on Oct. 30), former South Carolina Stingrays center and two-time ECHL All-Star Travis Morin (Dallas on Jan. 26), former Johnstown Chiefs and Cincinnati Cyclones forward Chris Mueller (Nashville on Dec. 28), former Bakersfield Condors and Elmira Jackals goaltender and 2010 ECHL All-Star Timo Pielmeier (Anaheim on Feb. 19), former Alaska Aces right wing Ryan Reaves (St. Louis on Oct. 11), former Reading Royals and South Carolina Stingrays goaltender and 2009 Kelly Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player James Reimer (Tortonto on Dec. 20) and former Victoria Salmon Kings defenseman Yann Sauve (Vancouver on Feb. 15).

• 3 players have played in the ECHL and the NHL in 2010-11: Mike Brodeur with Elmira and Ottawa, Timo Pielmeier with Elmira and Anaheim and Yann Sauve with Victoria and Vancouver.

• The ECHL has had 272 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.

• 208 ECHL players have played their first game in the last six seasons for an average of more than 34 per year.

• ECHL had a record 79 players on NHL opening-day rosters in 2010-11, surpassing the 78 from 2009-10 and marking the eighth year in a row that there have been over 50 former ECHL players on opening-day rosters.

• Every ECHL team has an affiliation with an NHL team in 2010-11 and the league has affiliations with 27 of the 30 NHL teams, marking the 14th 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 Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau, New York Islanders  interim head coach Jack Capuano, Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette and St. Louis Blues head coach Davis Payne. It is the sixth 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.

• 21 former ECHL officials are working as part of the NHL officiating team in 2010-11 with referees David Banfield, Francis Charron, Chris Ciamaga, 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 and Ian Walsh, and linesmen Steve Barton, Brian Mach, Tim Nowak, Bryan Pancich and Jay Sharrers..

• ECHL was represented for the 10th year in a row on the Stanley Cup champion with Chicago Blackhawks assistant coaches Mike Haviland and John Torchetti, developmental goaltending coach Wade Flaherty, senior director of hockey administration Al MacIsaac, general manager of minor league affiliations Mark Bernard and scout Ryan Stewart. There were 35 former players and 14 former coaches on 15 of the 16 teams competing in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the fifth year in a row that there have been at least 30 former ECHL players and the seventh 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.

ECHL was represented in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game by Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins, while former ECHL coaches Mike Haviland and Peter Laviolette served as coaches for the All-Star Game.

• 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 and John Michael 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.

• ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the American Hockey League in 2010-11 and for the past 21 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 3,000 call-ups involving more than 1,500 players and in 2009-10 there were 10 times as many call-ups from the ECHL to the AHL than all other professional leagues.

• The ECHL averaged 4,486 fans per game in 2009-10, the highest single-season average since 1999-00, and is the only minor professional hockey league to increase average attendance each of the last three seasons. It is the sixth consecutive season and the 18th time in the last 20 years that the ECHL has averaged over 4,000 fans and the league drew over 3 million fans for the 17th year in a row.

• Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.