ECHL Today – Oct. 13

 

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Orlando Solar Bears (0-0-1) at Florida Everblades (1-0-0)                                     7 p.m. ET

·     Nick Petersen scored the first goal in Solar Bears club history last night.

·     Florida’s Taylor Ellington had three assists in Friday’s 5-4 overtime win against Orlando.

·     Solar Bears went 2-for-4 on the power play on Friday.

·     Everblades John Muse, the 2012 Kelly Cup Playoffs MVP, made 43 saves last night.

 

Greenville Road Warriors (0-1-0) at Elmira Jackals (1-0-0)                                               7:05 p.m. ET

·     Brandon Wong scored Greenville’s only goal in a 3-1 loss at Trenton last night.

·     Elmira’s Dustin Gazley tallied two points (1g-1a) in a 3-2 win against Reading on Friday.

·     Greenville’s Nathan Lieuwen made 16 saves in his pro debut last night.

·     Dwight Mullins recorded a win in his debut as Jackals head coach.

 

Trenton Titans (1-0-0) at Reading Royals (0-1-0)                                                               7:05 p.m. ET

·     Jason Akeson (1g-1a) and Marcel Noebels (2a) each had two points in Trenton’s 3-1 win against Greenville.

·     Joel Champagne and Chris Langkow tallied Reading’s goals last night.

·     Titans went 2-for-7 on the power play on Friday.

·     Trenton’s Niko Hovinen earned win in his pro debut last night.

 

Gwinnett Gladiators (0-0-0) at South Carolina Stingrays (0-0-0)                            7:05 p.m. ET

·     Gwinnett has won at least 40 games in six of the last nine seasons.

·     South Carolina is celebrating its 20th ECHL season in 2012-13.

·     John Wroblewski was named co-recipient of John Brophy Award as ECHL Coach of the Year last season in his first year with the Gladiators.

·     Stingrays have advanced to the postseason in 18 of their 19 seasons.

 

Kalamazoo Wings (1-0-0) at Toledo Walleye (0-0-0)                                                           7:05 p.m. ET

·     Kalamazoo’s Eric Kattelus had three points (1g-2a) in 4-1 win at Fort Wayne on Friday.

·     Toledo’s Randy Rowe ranks 18th in ECHL history with 222 career goals.

·     K-Wings Joel Martin turned aside 25 of 26 shots last night.

·     Walleye’s Nick Vitucci is 236-205-40 in seven seasons as coach.

 

Wheeling Nailers (0-0-0) at Cincinnati Cyclones (0-0-0)                                                     7:35 p.m. ET

·     Wheeling’s Chris Barton led ECHL rookies last season with 29 goals.

·     Cincinnati’s Brian Foster was one of six players to play in both ECHL and NHL in 2011-12.

·     Nailers Patrick Killeen has won 19 games each of the last two seasons.

·     Cyclones were tied for second in the league last season with 26 home wins (26-7-3).

 

Fort Wayne Komets (0-1-0) at Evansville IceMen (0-0-0)                                      7:15 p.m. CT

·     Brandon Marino scored Fort Wayne’s only goal on Friday.

·     Evansville is playing its first season in the ECHL.

·     Komets went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill last night.

·     IceMen head coach Rich Kromm is 61-54-17 in two seasons with the club.

 

Stockton Thunder (0-1-0) at Ontario Reign (1-0-0)                                                 6 p.m. PT

·     Philippe Cornet scored Stockton’s lone goal on Friday.

·     Ontario’s Jean-Francois Berube made 18 saves in the Reign’s 2-1 win at Stockton last night.

·     Stockton’s Tyler Bunz made 23 saves in his pro debut.

·     Reign are defending Pacific Division champions.

 

Alaska Aces (1-0-0) at Colorado Eagles (0-1-0)                                                                  7:05 p.m. MT

·     Joey Crabb and Tommy Mele each scored two goals in Alaska’s 6-3 win on Friday.

·     Colorado’s Aaron Schneekloth had two points (1g-1a) last night.

·     Aces went 5-for-8 on the power play last night.

·     Eagles Norm Ezekiel scored his first pro goal on Friday.

 

Idaho Steelheads (0-1-0) at Utah Grizzlies (1-0-0)                                                               7:05 p.m. MT

·     Idaho’s Austin Fyten had two assists last night.

·     Utah’s Riley Armstrong scored three goals in the Grizzlies’ 5-3 win at Idaho on Friday.

·     Steelheads went 1-for-2 on the power play on Friday.

·     Grizzlies Andrew Engelage made 37 saves last night.

 

Bakersfield Condors (1-0-0) at San Francisco Bulls (0-1-0)                                                7:15 p.m. PT

·     Bakersfield’s Zach Cohen had three points (1g-2a) in Condors’ 4-3 win last night.

·     Dean Ouellet scored first goal in Bulls club history.

·     Condors Brian Stewart made 24 saves on Friday.

·     San Francisco was 4-for-4 on the penalty kill last night.

 

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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.

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

• The ECHL has had 298 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.

• 234 ECHL players have played their first game in the last seven seasons for an average of more than 33 per year.

• ECHL had a record 81 players on NHL opening-day rosters in 2011-12, surpassing the 79 from 2010-11 and marking the ninth 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.

• 31 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 ECHL.com, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.