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April 8, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) News Release

North Division Quarterfinals (Best-of-Three)
Johnstown Leads Series 1-0

# 4 Johnstown Chiefs (36-30-6) at # 5 Dayton Bombers (29-31-12) 7 p.m. ET
- Johnstown won 3-1 at Dayton on Sunday and with a win will advance in postseason for first time since 2006.
- Dayton was 7-2-1, including 2-2-1 at Johnstown, this season and is 76-45-19 all-time against the Chiefs.
- Randy Rowe scored two goals and had an assist for the Chiefs on Sunday against Dayton.
- Brad Bonello scored a goal for the Bombers on Sunday against Johnstown.
- Game 3, if necessary, is Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Johnstown.

South Division Quarterfinals (Best-of-Five)
Series Opener

# 6 Charlotte Checkers (34-31-7) at # 3 Gwinnett Gladiators (44-23-5) 7:05 p.m. ET
- Gwinnett was 5-3-1, including 3-1-0 at home, this season and is 26-12-4 all-time against Charlotte.
- Charlotte is 14-8-7 in one-goal games including 3-1 in overtime and 1-6 in the shootout.
- Gladiator rookie Mike Hamilton has two goals in his last six games and both have been game winners.
- Checkers' Blake Bellefeuille has seven goals and eight points in his last nine games.
- In their only postseason meeting, Charlotte won 3 games to 1 in the 2005 American Conference Semifinals.
- Game 2 is Thursday at 7:05 p.m. in Gwinnett.

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Other Kelly Cup Playoff Series

National Conference Quarterfinals (Best-of-Seven)

# 1 Las Vegas Wranglers (47-13-12) vs. # 8 Stockton Thunder (27-40-5)
Game 1 - Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Las Vegas

# 2 Victoria Salmon Kings (42-23-7) vs. # 7 Bakersfield Condors (26-37-9)
Game 1 - Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at Victoria

# 3 Fresno Falcons (42-22-8) vs. # 6 Utah Grizzlies (32-30-10)
Game 1 - Sunday at 5 p.m. at Fresno

# 4 Idaho Steelheads (40-22-10) vs. # 5 Alaska Aces (41-26-5)
Game 1 - Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. at Idaho

North Division Semifinals (Best-of-Seven)

# 1 Cincinnati Cyclones (41-24-7) vs. # 4 Johnstown Chiefs or # 5 Dayton Bombers (29-31-12)
Game 1 - Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Cincinnati

# 2 Elmira Jackals (41-24-7) vs. # 3 Reading Royals (38-26-8)
Game 1 - Friday at 7:35 p.m. at Elmira

South Division Semifinals (Best-of-Five)

# 1 Texas Wildcatters (52-9-11) vs. # 8 Mississippi Sea Wolves (29-40-3)
Game 1 - Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Texas

# 2 South Carolina Stingrays (47-22-3) vs. # 7 Augusta Lynx (32-35-5)
Game 1 - Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at Augusta

# 4 Florida Everblades (39-25-8) vs. # 5 Columbia Inferno (33-28-11)
Game 1 - Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Florida

Most Points, Season
1. Louisiana 116 2001-02
2. Cincinnati 115 2007-08
Texas 115 2007-08
4. Alaska 113 2005-06
5. Las Vegas 112 2005-06

Most Wins, Season
1. Louisiana 56 2001-02 Won Brabham Cup
2. Cincinnati 55 2007-08 Won Brabham Cup
3. Alaska 53 2005-06 Won Brabham Cup
Las Vegas 53 2005-06
Florida 53 1999-2000 Won Brabham Cup
6. Texas 52 2007-08

Premier 'AA' Hockey League Fast Facts
- Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2007-08, the ECHL 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 25 teams playing 900 games in 17 states and British Columbia in 2007-08.

- The league officially changed its name to ECHL on May 19, 2003.

- Affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League, marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.

- 355 former ECHL players have played in NHL.

- 26 former ECHL players have made their NHL debut this season: former Peoria Rivermen and Alaska Aces goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu (St. Louis on Feb. 21), former Pensacola Ice Pilots left wing Adam Berti (Chicago on Apr. 4), former Florida Everblades center David Brine (Florida on Feb. 2), former Idaho Steelheads right wing B.J. Crombeen (Dallas on Jan. 19), former Gwinnett Gladiators left wing Kevin Doell (Atlanta on Jan. 4), former Alaska defenseman Zack FitzGerald (Vancouver on Feb. 5), former Columbia left wing Alex Foster (Toronto on Mar. 18), former Fresno goaltender Thomas Greiss (San Jose on Jan. 14), former Roanoke Express and Wheeling Nailers left wing Jason Jaffray (Vancouver on Dec. 12), former Wheeling Nailers left wing Joe Jensen (Carolina on Feb. 18), former Dayton and Elmira goaltender Dan LaCosta (Columbus on Mar. 25), former Toledo Storm goaltender Drew MacIntyre (Vancouver on Dec. 13), former San Diego Gulls left wing Cody McLeod (Colorado on Dec. 19), former Alaska Aces and Pensacola Ice Pilots center Chris Minard (Pittsburgh on Jan. 21), former Columbia Inferno center Brandon Nolan (Carolina on Dec. 22), former Johnstown Chiefs and Fresno Falcons goaltender Dmitri Patzold (San Jose on Oct. 7), former Gwinnett Gladiators and Louisiana IceGators left wing Pascal Pelletier (Boston on Jan. 17), former Reading Royals goaltender Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles on Dec. 6), former Stockton Thunder left wing Liam Reddox (Edmonton on Dec. 7), former Cincinnati Cyclones left wing Greg Stewart (Montreal on Apr. 5), former Gwinnett Gladiators left wing Colin Stuart (Atlanta on Dec. 29), former Bakersfield Condors, Reading Royals, Texas Wildcatters and Wheeling Nailers goaltender Danny Taylor (Los Angeles on Mar. 29), former Columbus Chill, Richmond Renegades and Trenton Titans left wing Pete Vandermeer (Phoenix on Feb. 10), former San Diego goaltender Tyler Weiman (Colorado on Oct. 4), former Charlotte Checkers right wing Craig Weller (Phoenix on Oct. 4) and former Phoenix RoadRunners center Daniel Winnik (Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 4).

- 210 former ECHL players have played their first game in the NHL in the past seven seasons, including 94 since 2005-06.

- Twenty-six former ECHL players made their NHL debut in 2006-07, including two who played in both the ECHL and the NHL as goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji played for Reading and Los Angeles while defenseman Bryan Young skated for Stockton and Edmonton. Dave McKee played for Augusta and dressed for five games as the backup goaltender for Stanley Cup champion Anaheim.

- ECHL has been represented on last seven Stanley Cup champions.

- There are 15 coaches in the NHL who have ECHL experience including former Wheeling coach Peter Laviolette, who is head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, and former Mississippi coach Bruce Boudreau, who is head coach of the Washington Capitals.
- ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey League, marking the seventh consecutive season that it has had affiliations with 20 or more teams in the AHL.

- ECHL has been represented on last 18 Calder Cup champions.

- In the last five seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 2,000 call-ups involving more than 1,000 players since 2002-03.
ECHL and its member teams contributed nearly $3 million for charity and relief funds in 2006-07.

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