5 OHL Alumni in the ECHL’s Top 10 in 2011-12

echl hockey logoWith the ECHL’s Kelly Cup playoffs underway, the final totals from the regular season are in. The race for the ECHL Leading Scorer Award was won by Dustin Gazley of the Elmira Jackals with just 85 points. It was the second lowest point total by a league leader, behind just John Spoltore’s 84 points in 1999-00. A far cry from the ECHL record of 161 set by Trevor Jobe in 1992-93.

Just the facts:

  • 5 players with OHL experience were among the top 20 point producers in the ECHL.
  • 2011-12 was one of the lowest offensive productions in ECHL history.
  • Wes Goldie became the all-time leading ECHL goal scorer.
  • Tyler Donati, ECHL top scorer in 2009-10, finished tied for 16th.

Five Ontario Hockey League grads were among the top 20 in the ECHL. Four are very familiar names while one played just 10 games with the Ottawa 67’s before switching to the QMJHL.

Paul McIlveen is the guy with just 10 OHL games under his belt. Paul finished 11th in the ECHL with 67 points as a member of the Utah Grizzlies. McIlveen played his ten games with Ottawa in 2004-05 before having a successful QMJHL career with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

Mathew Sisca finished 12th with 66 points. In his first year of professional hockey, Sisca started the 2011-12 season with the Bakersfield Condors and ended up with the Cincinnati Cyclones. Mathew played in the Ontario Hockey League for four years from 2007-08 to 2010-11 with the Niagara IceDogs, Guelph Storm and Saginaw Spirit.

Michael Pelech finished a point and a position behind Sisca. Pelech started the 2011-12 season with the Toledo Walleye and ended up a teammate of Mathew Sisca’s with the Cincinnati Cyclones. Michael played four years in the OHL from 2005-06 to 2008-09 with the Kitchener Rangers and Toronto / Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors. This was his third year in the ECHL. Originally, Pelech was a sixth round pick of the Los Angeles Kings at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Wes Goldie of the Alaska Aces finished 16th with 61 points. Goldie became the all-time ECHL goal scoring leader in March and ended the year with 370 career ECHL goals in 697 regular season games. Wes played in the OHL from 1995-96 to 1999-00, mostly with the Owen Sound Platers. His first season in the OHL consisted of two games with the London Knights.

Tyler Donati of the Chicago Express finished tied with Wes Goldie for 16th spot. His 61 points were a far cry from the 114 he produced with the Elmira Jackals in 2009-10, when he led the league. Donati played in the OHL from 2003-04 to 2006-07 with the Oshawa Generals, Toronto St. Michael’s Majors and Belleville Bulls.

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