Kalamazoo’s Ftorek sets all-time ECHL games played record

Kalamazoo Wings defenseman Sam Ftorek set the ECHL record for career games played on Saturday when he took the ice for his 790th league game at Toledo. Ftorek breaks the record of 2010 ECHL Hall of Fame inductee Cam Brown, who played in 789 career ECHL games from 1991-2006 with Columbus, Erie, Baton Rouge and Gwinnett.

The 40-year-old Ftorek, who played in 1,000th professional game on Friday, has played in all 23 games for Kalamazoo this season tallying five assists and adding 27 penalty minutes.

Ftorek has played 13 seasons in the ECHL with Mobile, Augusta, Greensboro, Gwinnett, Fresno, Cincinnati and Kalamazoo. He ranks 18th in league history with 333 assists and is 25th all-time with 519 points.

“On behalf of the ECHL, I would like to congratulate Sam Ftorek on breaking the long-standing ECHL record for career games played,” ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna said. “It speaks to the hard work, dedication, professionalism and love of the game that Sam has portrayed for all of these years.”

Last season, Ftorek led ECHL defensemen in scoring with 47 points (13g-34a) in 70 games on his way to earning a spot on the All-ECHL First Team.

The son of long-time NHL player and coach Robbie Ftorek, he is tied for fifth in ECHL postseason history with 84 games played, and advanced to the 2011 Kelly Cup Finals with Kalamazoo.

About the ECHL

Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 28 teams in 20 states and one Canadian province for its 27th season in 2014-15. There have been 549 players who have started their career in the ECHL have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including eight who have made their NHL debuts in the 2014-15 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 29 of the 30 NHL teams in 2014-15, marking the 18th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter.