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ECHL Today - Oct. 12

 

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Reading Royals at Elmira Jackals                                                                           7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Reading’s Philipp Grubauer was third in the ECHL last season with a 2.22 goals-against average with South Carolina.

·     Elmira’s Dustin Gazley led the ECHL last season with 85 points (25g-60a), the third consecutive season a Jackal led the league in points.

·     Larry Courville is Royals’ all-time leader in games coached (254) and wins (132).

·     Jackals defeated Reading 3 games to 2 in 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.  

 

Greenville Road Warriors at Trenton Titans                                                           7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Greenville head coach Dean Stork is 87-47-10 in two seasons with the club.

·     Andy Bohmbach led Trenton last season with 27 goals and 64 points.

·     Road Warriors T.J. Reynolds ranks 16th in ECHL history with 1,318 career penalty minutes.

·     Titans were league’s second-least penalized team in 2011-12 with 13.32 penalty minutes per game.  

 

Orlando Solar Bears at Florida Everblades                                                 7:30 p.m. ET 

·     Orlando’s Mathew Sisca was second among ECHL rookies last season with 66 points (23g-43a).

·     Greg Poss is 76-56-12 in two seasons as Florida’s head coach.

·     Solar Bears head coach Drake Berehowsky played 549 career games in the NHL.

·     Everblades are seeking to become first team to repeat as ECHL champions since Toledo in 1992-93.  

 

Kalamazoo Wings at Fort Wayne Komets                                                               8 p.m. ET 

·     Kalamazoo has won North Division title in each of its three seasons in ECHL.

·     Komets are playing their first season in the ECHL.

·     K-Wings’ Sam Ftorek is sixth in ECHL history with 635 games played.

·     Fort Wayne head coach Al Sims was head coach for Reading in 2001-02.  

 

Alaska Aces at Colorado Eagles                                                                              7:05 p.m. MT 

·     Alaska has won 40 or more games in seven of its nine ECHL seasons.

·     Colorado’s Kyle Jones led the ECHL last season with 31 wins.

·     Aces have won four consecutive season openers.

·     Eagles were third in ECHL last season with 3.47 goals per game.  

 

Utah Grizzlies at Idaho Steelheads                                                                           7:10 p.m. MT 

·     Utah’s Andrew Engelage was second last season with 2,970 minutes played.

·     First-year Idaho head coach Brad Ralph scored 223 points (96g-127) in 295 career ECHL games with Mississippi, Augusta, Dayton, Columbia and Charlotte.

·     Paul McIlveen led Utah in 2011-12 with 30 goals and 67 points.

·     Steelheads have qualified for Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of their nine ECHL seasons.  

 

Bakersfield Condors at San Francisco Bulls                                                            7:15 p.m. PT 

·     Bakersfield’s Brian Stewart was third in the ECHL last season with 26 wins for Elmira.

·     San Francisco’s Justin Bowers was third in the league last season with 78 points (19g-59a) for Greenville.

·     Tyler Helfrich led Bakersfield last season with 50 points (19g-31a).

·     Cow Palace was home to the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks from 1991-93.  

 

Ontario Reign at Stockton Thunder                                                             7:30 p.m. PT 

·     Ontario head coach Jason Christie is fourth in ECHL history with 350 wins.

·     Stockton head coach Matt Thomas is 305-199-71 in eight seasons in the ECHL.

·     Derek Couture led Ontario in 2011-12 with 60 points (28g-32a).

·     Thunder have qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of the last six seasons.

 

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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts 

• Watch games live on America One Sports, the “Official Broadband & Mobile Broadcaster” of the ECHL.

• 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.