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Della Rovere Increases Number Of Former ECHL Players To Play In NHL To 451

By: Joseph Zakrzewski

Della Rovere made his NHL debut for the St. Louis Blues in a 4-1 loss against Washington on Wednesday. The 20 year old had 6:47 of ice time for the Blues, whose lineup also included former ECHL players B.J. Crombeen, Tyson Strachan and Jaroslav Halak. The head coach of the Blues is former ECHL player and coach Davis Payne, who guided the Alaska Aces to the 2006 Kelly Cup championship.

The Alaska Aces are the ECHL affiliate of the Blues and the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League. The head coach of the Rivermen is former ECHL player and coach Jared Bednar, who led the South Carolina Stingrays to the 2009 Kelly Cup championship.

Della Rovere appeared in two games with South Carolina in 2008-09 tallying one assist and adding six penalty minutes. The Maple, Ontario native has spent most of the previous four seasons with Barrie in the Ontario Hockey League scoring 138 points (65g-73a) in 230 games. He appeared in two Calder Cup Playoff games last spring with Hershey, and started this season in Peoria scoring seven points (3g-4a) and adding 33 penalty minutes in 20 games.

Eight ECHL players have made their NHL debut this season: former South Carolina Stingrays left wing Stefan Della Rovere (St. Louis on Dec. 1), former Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies and Idaho Steelheads defenseman Brian Fahey (Washington on Oct. 16), former South Carolina Stingrays goaltender and 2010 ECHL All-Star Braden Holtby (Washington on Nov. 7), former Texas Wildcatters left wing Matt Kassian (Minnesota on Nov. 5), former Ontario Reign center Dwight King (Los Angeles on Nov. 17), former Trenton Titans defenseman Olivier Magnan (New Jersey on Oct. 22), former Trenton Devils center Brad Mills (New Jersey on Oct. 30) and former Alaska Aces right wing Ryan Reaves (St. Louis on Oct. 11).

 



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