Former ECHL All-Star Pelletier Named CCM/AHL Player of the Month
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -The American Hockey League announced that former Gwinnett Gladiator and ECHL All-Star left wing Pascal Pelletier has been named the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for December.
The 24 year old scored 22 points (13g-9a) and had a plus-minus rating of +12 in 15 games for Providence in December. He leads the AHL with 21 goals and is fourth with 42 points in 35 games.
The Johnstown Chiefs are the ECHL affiliate of Providence of the AHL and the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League.
Pelletier began the 2005-06 season with Gwinnett and had 30 points (18g-12a) in 21 games, earning him a selection to the ECHL All-Star Game, before being called up to Providence on Dec. 16. He had 46 points (20g-26a) in 53 regular season games and six points (2g-4a) in six playoff games for the Bruins.
He began his professional career in the ECHL in 2004-05 and had 38 points (10g-28a) in 61 games for Louisiana before being acquired by Gwinnett where he had one assist in six regular season games and two assists in five games in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
He has played each of the last two seasons in the AHL where he has 137 points (55g-82a) and 148 penalty minutes in 168 regular season games and 15 points (7g-8a) and 39 penalty minutes in 19 playoff games for Providence.
The ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 29 teams in the AHL, marking the seventh consecutive season that it has had affiliations with 20 or more teams in the AHL. The AHL has 10 former ECHL coaches who are head coaches and 14 others who are assistant coaches, and there have been 90 players under contract to a team in the AHL who have been on an ECHL roster this year.
Other former ECHL players nominated for the CCM/AHL Player of the Month were Keith Aucoin, Eric Healey, Zenon Konopka, Lawrence Nycholat, Jared Ross, Nolan Schaefer and Grant Stevenson.
Former Las Vegas and Wheeling goaltender John Curry was the Rbk Edge/AHL Rookie of the Month for December while former ECHL All-Star Martin St. Pierre was the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for November and former ECHL All-Star Jeff Glass was the Rbk X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month for November.
For the 18th year in a row there is a former ECHL player on the American Hockey League champion as Hamilton had a record 12 players with ECHL experience on its roster.
In both 2005-06 and 2006-07, more than 225 players played in both the ECHL and the AHL and there were over 800 call ups, involving over 500 players, from the ECHL to the AHL. From 2002-03 to 2006-07, the ECHL had over 2,000 call ups, involving more than 1,000 players, which is more than the total call ups for all other professional leagues combined during that time period.
The AHL Player of the Week award was won 14 times by a former ECHL player in 2006-07 while a former ECHL goaltender was named the AHL Goaltender of the Month the last five months of the season. Six former ECHL players were on the All-AHL Teams in 2006-07 including former Charlotte goaltender Jason LaBarbera, who was named Goaltender of the Year, and former Mississippi defenseman Sheldon Brookbank, who was selected as Defenseman of the Year, while former ECHL goaltender Jaroslav Halak was named to the AHL All-Rookie team.
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2007-08, the ECHL is the Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League and 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.
The ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the NHL in 2007-08, marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
There have been 341 former ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, including a record 47 in 2005-06 and 26 in 2006-07.
There have been 195 former ECHL players who have played their first game in the NHL in the past five seasons.
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.
The ECHL is represented for the seventh consecutive year on the National Hockey League championship team in 2007 with Anaheim assistant coach Dave Farrish, players Francois Beauchemin and George Parros and broadcasters John Ahlers and Steve Carroll.
Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.