ECHL Today – Oct. 19

 

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South Carolina Stingrays (1-0-0) at Greenville Road Warriors (0-2-0)                  7 p.m. ET 

·     South Carolina’s Adam Morrison recorded the win in his pro debut on Saturday against Gwinnett.

·     Bretton Cameron leads Greenville with two points (1g-1a).

·     Stingrays have scored three of their four goals in the second period.

·     Road Warriors started 0-2-0 last year, and went on to finish 41-25-6.  

 

Wheeling Nailers (0-0-1) at Elmira Jackals (2-0-0)                                     7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Wheeling’s Patrick Killeen is tied for seventh with a 1.85 goals-against average.

·     Elmira’s Brad Peltz is tied for the league lead in plus-minus at +5.

·     Nailers open the season on a four-game road trip.

·     Jackals are first with 5.00 goals per game.  

 

Cincinnati Cyclones (1-0-0) at Toledo Walleye (1-0-0)                                            7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Cincinnati is league’s second-least penalized team with 12.00 penalty minutes per game.

·     Toledo’s Petr Mrazek made 33 saves in his pro debut on Saturday.

·     Both of the Cyclones goals this season have been scored on the power play.

·     Walleye are tied for first with 1.00 goals-against per game.  

 

Orlando Solar Bears (0-1-1) at Florida Everblades (2-0-0)                         7:30 p.m. ET 

·     Nick Petersen leads Orlando with four points (2g-2a).

·     Florida’s Taylor Ellington is tied for first among defensemen with four points (0g-4a).

·     Solar Bears have scored four of their six goals in the third period.

·     Dating back to last season, the Everblades have won 15 consecutive home games (including playoffs).  

 

Fort Wayne Komets (1-1-0) at Kalamazoo Wings (1-1-0)                                       7:30 p.m. ET 

·     Fort Wayne’s Brandon Marino is tied for second with three goals.

·     Kalamazoo’s Elgin Reid is tied for first among defensemen with two goals.

·     Komets are first on the power play at 33.3 percent (2-for-6).

·     K-Wings have scored first in each of their first two games.  

 

Ontario Reign (2-1-0) at Gwinnett Gladiators (0-1-0)                                              7:35 p.m. ET 

·     Ontario’s Derek Couture is tied for second with 14 shots on goal.

·     Doug Jones and Casey Pierro-Zabotel each had two assists for Gwinnett on Saturday.

·     Reign are tied for second with 24.00 shots-against per game.

·     Gladiators are third with 38.00 shots per game.  

 

Trenton Titans (3-0-0) at Evansville IceMen (0-1-0)                                               7:15 p.m. CT 

·     Trenton’s Andy Bohmbach leads the league with five assists.

·     Evansville’s Matt Gens is tied for fourth among defensemen with 10 shots on goal.

·     Titans have scored first in each of their first three games.

·     IceMen’s Todd Robinson is eight assists shy of 900 in his professional career.            

 

Idaho Steelheads (1-2-0) at Colorado Eagles (1-2-0)                                               7:05 p.m. MT 

·     Idaho’s Tristan King tied a club record with four goals in the Steelheads’ 7-6 shootout win on Wednesday.

·     Colorado’s Michael Forney is tied for second with three goals.

·     Steelheads are tied for second on the power play at 30.0 percent (3-for-10).

·     Eagles are tied for the league lead with two shorthanded goals.  

 

San Francisco Bulls (1-1-1) at Bakersfield Condors (1-2-0)                                    7 p.m. PT 

·     San Francisco’s Sacha Guimond is tied for first among defensemen with four points (2g-2a).

·     Bakersfield’s Levi Nelson is tied for second in the league with six points (2g-4a).

·     Bulls are third with 4.33 goals per game.

·     Condors are league’s least-penalized team with 11.00 penalty minutes per game.  

 

Stockton Thunder (1-1-0) at Las Vegas Wranglers (1-0-0)                         7:05 p.m. PT 

·     Stockton’s Tyler Bunz leads the league with a 1.00 goals-against average.

·     Las Vegas’ Adam Hughesman scored his first pro goal on Sunday at Bakersfield.

·     Thunder are first with 21.00 shots-against per game.

·     Wranglers 24 home wins last season were tied for second in the Western Conference.  

 

Utah Grizzlies (2-0-0) at Alaska Aces (1-1-0)                                                           7:15 p.m. AKT

·     Utah’s Andrew Engelage is second with 72 saves.

·     Tommy Mele leads Alaska with four points (2g-2a).

·     Grizzlies are 2-0-0 when scoring first.

·     Aces are third on the penalty kill at 92.9 percent (13-for-14).

 

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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.