ECHL Today – Nov. 23

Charlotte Checkers (9-4-0) at Gwinnett Gladiators (7-4-3) 7:05 p.m. ET
* Charlotte has won last two meetings, including 6-3 at Gwinnett Tuesday, to take 2-1-0 lead in season series.
* Gwinnett rookie Andy Contois has five points (2g-3a) in his last six games.
* Bruce Graham had two goals on Tuesday and leads the Checkers against Gwinnett with three goals.
* Gwinnett’s Brad Schell had two points (1g-1a) Tuesday and leads the ECHL with 21 assists and 27 points.

Idaho Steelheads (9-2-2) at Stockton Thunder (9-1-2) 7:00 p.m. PT
* Thunder leads season series 2-1-0, winning 6-5 in shootout on Nov. 12 and 4-3 in overtime on Nov. 10.
* Idaho’s Steve Silverthorn is 1-0-2 with goals-against average of 2.18 in three starts against Stockton.
* Stockton is 4-0-0 at home, outscoring its opponents 17-8.
* Steelhead rookie Francis Wathier leads the team against Stockton with four assists and six points.

Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
* Affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League marking 10th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
* 306 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
* 160 have made NHL debut in the last five seasons, including goaltenders Joey MacDonald and Mike Smith and center Drew Larman this season, and a record 47 in 2005-06.
* ECHL has been represented on last six Stanley Cup champions.
* Two NHL head coaches (Peter Laviolette & Jim Playfair) and 9 assistant coaches have ECHL experience.
* Affiliations with 24 of the 27 teams in the American Hockey League.
* ECHL has been represented on last 17 Calder Cup champions.
* For each of the past four seasons, ECHL has had more players called up to AHL than all other professional leagues combined. From 2002-06 the ECHL had 1,646 call ups, involving almost 1,000 players, including 416 call ups involving 263 players last season.
* Idaho Steelheads and City of Boise will host the 15th Annual ECHL All-Star Game presented by Rbk Hockey on Jan. 17 and the 10th Annual ECHL All-Star Skills Competition presented by Rbk Hockey on Jan. 16 at Qwest Arena.
* ECHL and its member teams contributed more than $2.3 million for charity and relief funds in 2005-06.