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)
# 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
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
- 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
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
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.
- Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.
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ECHL Stories from April 8, 2008
- Chiefs steamroll Bombers - Johnstown Chiefs
- Bombers Fall in Johnstown, Bringing the 2007-2008 Season to a Close - Dayton Bombers
- Gladiators Shut Out Checkers, 4-0; Lead Playoff Series 1-0 - Atlanta Gladiators
- Cyclones To Battle Johnstown! - Cincinnati Cyclones
- Checkers lose game one to Gladiators, 4-0 - Charlotte Checkers
- First Round Prospect O'Marra Back For Playoffs - Stockton Thunder
- Kelly Cup Field Has Five Former Champions - ECHL
- ECHL Transactions - ECHL
- Utah's Forbes Suspended One Game, Fined - ECHL
- Salmon King wins RBK Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week - Victoria Salmon Kings
- Devils finish on a hot streak - Trenton Devils
- Victoria's Thompson Named Rbk Hockey Goalie Of The Week - ECHL
- Cup Quest Has Storm Brewing Over Las Vegas - Stockton Thunder
- Stingrays' Campbell Named In Glas Co Player Of The Week - ECHL
- Wranglers receive Dest from AHL, Manzato called up by Carolina - Las Vegas Wranglers
- Condors vs. Salmon Kings Playoff Preview - Bakersfield Condors
- Tickets for playoff games "B" and "C" now available - Johnstown Chiefs
- Blades get two added from AHL - Florida Everblades
- Cincinnati's Weber Receives John Brophy Award - ECHL
- Cyclones Weber Named John Brophy Award Winner - Cincinnati Cyclones
- Wildcatters Prep for Playoffs - Texas Wildcatters
- ECHL Today - ECHL
- Wildcatters Announce Playoff Roster - Texas Wildcatters
- Stingrays Kelly Cup Quest Daily - South Carolina Stingrays
- Falcons Announce Playoff Roster - Fresno Falcons
- Jackson and Denny return to Gwinnett; Grimaldi Called up to AHL Peoria - Atlanta Gladiators
- Stingrays Kelly Cup Quest Daily - South Carolina Stingrays
- Bombers Playoff Party at Cadillac Jack's Tonight - Dayton Bombers
- 'Blades Release Playoff Roster - Florida Everblades
- Blades release playoff roster - Florida Everblades
- Cincinnati Cyclones Announce Playoff Roster - Cincinnati Cyclones
- Stingrays Announce Playoff Roster - South Carolina Stingrays
- Usual Suspects Return to Falcons Lineup for Kelly Cup Chase - Fresno Falcons
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