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December 3, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) News Release

Florida Everblades (13-3-1) at Elmira Jackals (9-6-2) 7:05 p.m. ET

- Elmira's Paul McIlveen has five points (2g-3a) in three games since being acquired from South Carolina.
- Florida leads the league in goals per game (4.24), goals-against average (2.00) and penalty killing (89.7 percent).
- Jackals are 7-2-1 when they score the first goal.
- Florida's Jacob Micflikier has a five-game point streak (7g-8a) and a five-game assist streak (8a).

Johnstown Chiefs (14-5-1) at Reading Royals (5-14-1) 7:05 p.m. ET
- Chiefs have won the last eight meetings and are 4-0-0 in the season series and 36-24-6 all-time against Reading.
- Shawn Snider leads the Royals against Johnstown with four assists and six points in four games.
- Andrew Sarauer (3g-3a) and Petr Pohl (1g-5a) lead the Chiefs in scoring against Reading.
- Reading defenseman Rob LaLonde had career highs with three assists and three points on Sunday at Dayton.

Dayton Bombers (12-5-3) at Cincinnati Cyclones (9-7-3) 7:30 p.m. ET
- Cyclones have won the last two meetings and are 2-1-1 in the season series and 37-19-6 all-time against Dayton.
- Dan Riedel (4g-2a) and Justin Bowers (1g-5a) lead the Bombers in scoring against Cincinnati.
- Cincinnati's Martin Houle is 4-1-0 with two shootout wins and an overtime win in his last five starts.
- Dayton's Tyler Plante is 3-1-1 with a goals-against average of 2.16 in his last five games.

Las Vegas Wranglers (8-8-2) at Phoenix RoadRunners (9-8-2) 7:05 p.m. MT
- Ashton Rome leads the RoadRunners against Las Vegas with six goals and seven points in four games.
- Tyler Mosienko (3g-4a) and J.D. Watt (3g-4a) lead the Wranglers in scoring against Phoenix.
- RoadRunners rookie defenseman Michael Wilson has seven points (1g-6a) in his last six games.
- Las Vegas' John DeCaro is 2-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.50 in two starts against Phoenix.

Utah Grizzlies (7-9-1) at Idaho Steelheads (10-7-2) 7:10 p.m. MT
- Grizzlies have won the last three meetings at Idaho including 3-2 in a shootout on Oct. 18.
- Idaho's Mark Bomersback has a five-game point streak (2g-8a) and a five-game assist streak (8a).
- Grizzlies have allowed only 12 goals in their last five games.
- Steelheads' Marty Flichel has a five-game point streak (3g-5a) and a three-game assist streak (4a).

Victoria Salmon Kings (11-7-2) at Ontario Reign (10-7-2) 7 p.m. PT
- Rookie Geoff Walker had career-high two goals on Sunday and leads the Reign with nine assists and 15 points.
- Victoria's Wes Goldie has six goals and nine points in his last eight games.
- Reign are 7-2-2 in one-goal games including 1-1 in overtime and 2-1 in shootouts.
- Salmon Kings' Todd Ford is 3-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.04 in his last four games.

Bakersfield Condors (6-9-3) at Alaska Aces (13-5-1) 7:15 p.m. AT
- Aces have won the last six meetings and are 8-1-1 in the last 10 games and 23-13-2 all-time against Bakersfield.
- Condors' Ryan Nie is 2-0-1 with a goals-against average of 2.27 in three road games.
- Aces' Jean-Phillipe Lamoureux is 5-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.60 in his last five home starts.
- Bakersfield rookie Matt Pope has seven points (4g-3a) in his last six games.

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Premier 'AA' Hockey League Fast Facts
- The ECHL celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2007-08 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 22 teams in 16 states and British Columbia in 2008-09.
- The Reading Royals, the City of Reading and the Sovereign Center will host the 17th Annual ECHL All-Star Game on Jan. 21, 2009 and the 12th Annual All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 20, 2009.
- The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
- Affiliations with 24 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League marking 12th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
- 373 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
- 117 have played their first NHL game in the last four seasons.
- 18 former ECHL players have made their NHL debut this season: former Wheeling Nailers and ECHL All-Star defenseman Paul Bissonnette (Pittsburgh on Oct. 4) , former Bakersfield Condors center Alexandre Bolduc (Vancouver on Nov. 27), former Las Vegas Wranglers and Wheeling Nailers goaltender John Curry (Pittsburgh on Nov. 26), former Greenville Grrrowl goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers (Edmonton on Oct. 17) , former Johnstown Chiefs center Andre Deveaux (Toronto on Nov. 27), former Gwinnett Gladiators right wing Pat Dwyer former Columbus Cottonmouths and Tallahassee Tiger Sharks left wing Mitch Fritz (New York Islanders on Oct. 30), former Charlotte Checkers center Dwight Helminen (Carolina on Oct. 28), former Trenton Devils right wing Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (New Jersey on Oct. 22), former Charlotte Checkers defenseman Steve MacIntyre (Edmonton on Oct. 15), former Florida Everblades left wing Kenndal McArdle (Florida on Dec. 2), former Phoenix RoadRunners and Wheeling Nailers center Cam Paddock (St. Louis on Nov. 14), former Las Vegas Wranglers defenseman Adam Pardy (Calgary on Oct. 9), former Gwinnett Gladiators center Jared Ross (Philadelphia on Oct. 11) , former Alaska Aces goaltender Marek Schwarz (St. Louis on Oct. 25), former Greenville Grrrowl and Stockton Thunder center Tim Sestito (Edmonton on Nov. 26), former Dayton Bombers and Las Vegas Wranglers defenseman Tyler Sloan (Washington on Oct. 21) and former Augusta Lynx defenseman Brett Skinner (New York Islanders on Oct. 27).
- There were 72 former ECHL players on NHL opening-day rosters.
- Twenty-six former ECHL players made their NHL debut in 2007-08 including six who played in both the ECHL and the NHL: Chris Beckford-Tseu (Alaska and St. Louis), Adam Berti (Pensacola and Chicago), Joe Jensen (Wheeling and Carolina), Dan LaCosta (Elmira and Columbus), Jonathan Quick (Reading and Los Angeles) and Danny Taylor (Reading and Los Angeles).
- Record 47 former ECHL players played their first NHL game in 2005-06.
- ECHL is represented for the eighth consecutive year on the National Hockey League championship team in 2008 by Aaron Downey of the Detroit Red Wings.
- Former ECHL coaches working as head coaches in the NHL are Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals, Scott Gordon of the New York Islanders and Peter Laviolette of the Carolina Hurricanes. 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. Laviolette, who began his coaching career with the Wheeling Nailers, led Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup in 2006.
- There are 18 assistant coaches in the NHL who were players or coaches in the ECHL.
- There are 18 former ECHL officials scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2008-09 with referees David Banfield, Chris Ciamaga, Ghislain Hebert, Marc Joannette, Mike Leggo, Wes McCauley, Dean Morton, Dan O'Rourke, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Kyle Rehman, Chris Rooney, Justin St. Pierre and Ian Walsh and linesmen Steve Barton, Brian Mach, Tim Nowak and Jay Sharrers. Barton, Joannette, Leggo, McCauley, Nowak, Pollock, Rooney and Sharrers all worked the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
- ECHL has affiliations with 23 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey League and for the past 19 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion.
- In the last six 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.
- Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at

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