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Schell honored as ECHL's top scorer

Although he missed time with the Gwinnett Gladiators on AHL call-ups, Brad Schell was around enough to be the ECHL's most prolific scorer this season.

Schell was honored as the league's top offensive player on Tuesday after posting 110 points, 16 points ahead of the ECHL's No. 2 scorer, Gladiator teammate Scott Mifsud. The Scott, Saskatchewan, native had career highs this season with 25 goals and 85 assists, a figure that is the fourth-highest total in ECHL history. His 85 assists and 110 points are both Gladiator records.

The forward is the first ECHL player to top the 100-point mark since Buddy Smith of the Arkansas Riverblades accomplished the feat with 104 in 2002-2003. He has 36 multiple-point games this season, and also has streaks of 15 and 16 consecutive games with a point in 2006-2007. Earlier this season he was captain of the American Conference squad at the ECHL All-Star Game.

Schell, a third-year pro, remains on a call-up with the Chicago Wolves. He has played nine games with the Wolves this season, tallying two goals and two assists.

The Gladiators open the Kelly Cup playoffs Saturday at home vs. the Texas Wildcatters and also host Game 2 of the series Sunday. Texas will host Game 3 next week as well as Games 4 and 5 if they are needed.

- From staff reports