Gladiators’ Schell On Track To Break ECHL Assist Record

Despite multiple reassignments to the American Hockey League the last couple of weeks, Brad Schell of Gwinnett is still on track to break the ECHL assist record and become the first player since 2002-03 to score 100 points.

Schell leads the league with 76 assists and 99 points having scored a point in 47 of his 53 games with Gwinnett while also scoring three points (1g-2a) in four games with Chicago of the AHL. He can become the first ECHL player to score 100 points since Buddy Smith of Arkansas had 104 points in 2002-03 and is looking to surpass the ECHL record of 93 assists by Dan Gauthier of Knoxville in 1990-91.

Scott Mifsud of Gwinnett is second with 59 assists and 81 points. Schell and Mifsud are trying to become only the second teammates in league history to finish first and second in assists, joining Louisiana’s Ron Handy and John De Pourcq, who led the ECHL with 67 and 63 assists in 1996-97.

Gwinnett’s Colton Fretter continues to lead ECHL rookies with 35 goals and 64 points despite missing the last seven games after being injured on Feb. 14.

The assist and scoring leaders each of the last two years have been from the Alaska Aces. Scott Gomez had 73 assists and 86 points during the NHL lockout in 2004-05 and Alex Leavitt had 65 assists and 91 points a year ago. Leavitt’s teammate Mike Scott was second in the league with 87 points, marking the first time since 1996-97 and only the fourth time in ECHL history that teammates have finished first and second in scoring.

South Carolina’s Ed Courtenay (54g-56a) and Mike Ross (50g-60a) tied for the lead with 110 points in 1996-97. Erie’s Scott Burfoot led the league with 97 points (29g-68a) and teammate Stephane Charbonneau was second with 91 points (50g-41a) in 1994-95. Stan Drulia of Knoxville led the league with 140 points (63g-77a) and teammate Dan Gauthier was second with 134 points (41g-93a) in 1990-91.