ECHL Today – Oct. 29

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Florida Everblades (2-3-1) at Greenville Road Warriors (2-3-0)                            2:05 p.m. ET 

·     Florida’s Chris Murray leads defensemen with six assists.

·     Jeff Prough leads Greenville with four goals and seven points.

·     Everblades are tied for first with two shorthanded goals.

·     Road Warriors are tied for first on the power play at 28.6 percent (6-for-21). 


Gwinnett Gladiators (3-2-1) at Reading Royals (3-2-1)                                           7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Gwinnett’s Marc Cheverie is fifth with 126 saves.

·     Reading’s Denny Urban is tied for first among rookies with four power-play points (1g-3a).

·     Gladiators are 3-0-1 when outshot by their opponent.

·     Royals are third on the power play at 25.9 percent (7-for-27). 


Cincinnati Cyclones (1-2-0) at Kalamazoo Wings (3-1-0)                                        7:30 p.m. ET 

·     Cincinnati’s Chet Pickard is fourth with a 1.69 goals-against average.

·     Kalamazoo’s Riley Gill is tied for third with three wins.

·     Cyclones are fifth with 33.33 shots per game.

·     K-Wings are 3-0-0 when scoring first.


South Carolina Stingrays (4-2-0) at Elmira Jackals (3-2-0)                         7:35 p.m. ET 

·     South Carolina’s Philipp Grubauer is third with a 1.50 goals-against average.

·     Elmira’s Artem Demkov is second among rookies with five goals.

·     Stingrays are fourth on the penalty kill at 87.9 percent (29-for-33).

·     Jackals are second with 3.80 goals per game. 


Trenton Titans (1-5-0) at Wheeling Nailers (4-0-0)                                     7:35 p.m. ET 

·     Trenton’s Andy Bohmbach is tied for fourth with five goals.

·     Wheeling’s Zach Hansen is tied for fourth among defensemen with five points (0g-5a).

·     Titans are seventh with 32.67 shots per game.

·     Nailers are second with 1.50 goals-against per game.  


Toledo Walleye (1-2-0) at Chicago Express (2-2-0)                                     7:30 p.m. CT 

·     Evan Rankin leads Toledo with three goals and four points.

·     Chicago’s Drew Paris is tied for first among defensemen with two goals.

·     Walleye are tied for first on the power play at 28.6 percent (4-for-14).

·     Express are tied for fifth with 2.25 goals-against per game.


Colorado Eagles (3-3-0) at Ontario Reign (2-2-0)                                                    6 p.m. PT 

·     Colorado’s Jack Combs is tied for second with six goals.

·     Ontario’s Dylan Yeo is tied for fourth among defensemen with five points (0g-5a).

·     Eagles are tied for fourth with 3.50 goals per game.

·     Reign are fourth with 26.50 shots-against per game.


Alaska Aces (5-1-0) at Utah Grizzlies (5-1-0)                                                           7:05 p.m. MT 

·     Alaska’s Gerald Coleman is first with a 1.32 goals-against average.

·     Utah’s Andrew Engelage is second with four wins.

·     Aces are first on the penalty kill at 90.5 percent (19-for-21).

·     Grizzles have scored nine of their 17 goals in the first period.


Las Vegas Wranglers (3-3-1) at Bakersfield Condors (3-2-1)                                7 p.m. PT 

·     Las Vegas’ Eric Lampe set team records with four goals and six points in Friday’s 9-3 win over Colorado.

·     Bakersfield’s Scott Freeman leads rookies with six goals and 10 points.

·     Wranglers are fourth with 33.43 shots per game.

·     Condors are 3-0-0 when scoring first. 


Idaho Steelheads (1-5-0) at Stockton Thunder (1-3-1)                                            7:30 p.m. PT 

·     Idaho’s Chad Klassen is tied for first among rookies with five assists.

·     Stockton’s Gabriel Levesque is third among rookies with seven points (3g-4a).

·     Steelheads are second on the penalty kill at 89.2 percent (33-for-37).

·     Thunder’s Olivier Roy is tied for fourth with a .727 shootout percentage (8-for-11). 


799 – Wheeling Nailers 

726 – Stockton Thunder

717 – Greenville Road Warriors

716 – South Carolina Stingrays

679 – Toledo Walleye


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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 20 teams in 16 states in 2011-12.

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

469 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 23 in 2010-11.

Two ECHL players have made their NHL debut in 2011-12: former Toledo Storm and Reading Royals center Bracken Kearns (Florida on Oct. 20) and former Bakersfield Condors center Maxime Macenauer (Anaheim on Oct. 7).

• The ECHL has had 276 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.

• 213 ECHL players have played their first game in the last seven seasons for an average of more than 30 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 26 of the 30 NHL teams, marking the 15th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.

• 32 coaches with an ECHL background are working behind the benches of teams in the NHL in 2011-12 including Washington Capitals 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, Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel and St. Louis Blues head coach Davis Payne. 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.

• 22 former ECHL officials are scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2011-12 with referees David Banfield, Francis Charron, 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, Graham Skilliter and Ian Walsh, and linesmen Steve Barton, Brian Mach, Matt MacPherson, Tim Nowak, Bryan Pancich and Jay Sharrers.

• ECHL was represented for the 11th year in a row on the Stanley Cup champion with Boston Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward, players Rich Peverley, Michael Ryder and Tim Thomas, radio broadcaster Dave Goucher and scout Tom McVie. Thomas is the first former ECHL player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. There were 34 former players and 19 coaches on the 16 teams competing in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the sixth year in a row that there have been at least 30 former ECHL players and the eighth 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.

• Former ECHL and current Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was the recipient of the Vezina Trophy as the top goaltender in the NHL in 2010-11, marking the second time he has won the award in the past three seasons. Thomas set a single-season NHL record with a .938 save percentage.  

• Former ECHL player and current Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma was the recipient of the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year in 2010-11.  

• 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 25 of the 30 teams in the American Hockey League in 2011-12 and for the past 22 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 1,600 players and in 2010-11 there were 10 times as many call-ups from the ECHL to the AHL than all other professional leagues.

• The ECHL averaged 4,339 fans per game in 2010-11, marking the seventh consecutive season and the 19th time in the last 21 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.