PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced on Saturday that the Stanley Cup and the Patrick J. Kelly Cup will both be on display at events throughout the ECHL All-Star Game presented by Bud Light on Tuesday and Wednesday in Fresno, Calif.
It will be the seventh consecutive year that the Kelly Cup and the Stanley Cup have been displayed together at the ECHL All-Star Game.
The “Keeper of the Cup” from the Hockey Hall of Fame also will be available to answer questions and talk about the history of hockey. Fans will have the opportunity to have photographs taken with the Stanley Cup and make a monetary donation towards hurricane relief. From Oct. 26-Dec. 17, the NHL and the Hockey Hall of Fame toured the Stanley Cup to 20 of the 25 teams in the ECHL to help raise awareness and donations for hurricane relief efforts, resulting in over $10,000 in donations.
Fans will have the opportunity to have photographs taken with both the Stanley Cup and the Kelly Cup at the Skills Competition, the ECHL Premier Ice Odyssey Reception, the All-Star Game, and at the All-Star Fan Fest.
The Fresno Falcons are the host for the All-Star Skills Competition on Tuesday and the 2006 ECHL All-Star Game presented by Bud Light on Wednesday. Both events will be at Save Mart Center and begin at 7 p.m. PT.
Tickets are still available for the game and the skills competition and can be purchased at the box office at Save Mart Center which is open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at select Save Mart Supermarkets, Tower Records, Wherehouse Music and Ritmo Latino locations.
Tickets can be ordered online at Ticketmaster.com or by telephone at (559) 458-TIXS (8497).
The oldest trophy competed for by professional athletes in North America, the Stanley Cup was donated by Frederick Arthur, Lord Stanley of Preston and son of the Earl of Derby, in 1893. Lord Stanley purchased the trophy for 10 guineas ($50 at that time) for presentation to amateur hockey champions of Canada. Since 1910, when the National Hockey League took possession of the Stanley Cup, the trophy has been the symbol of professional hockey supremacy. It has been competed for only by NHL teams since 1926-27 and has been under the exclusive control of the NHL since 1947.
For the fifth consecutive year the ECHL was represented on the Stanley Cup in 2004 by Tampa Bay’s Ruslan Fedotenko, Nolan Pratt and Andre Roy as well as radio announcer Dave Mishkin and assistant equipment manager Dana Heinze. The three players are the most ECHL representatives in one year surpassing 2001 when David Aebischer and Pratt helped Colorado win the title, and bring the total number of ECHL alumni on the Stanley Cup to nine. Pratt is the first ECHL player to have his name engraved twice on the Stanley Cup. The previous alumni whose names are on the Stanley Cup are Corey Schwab (New Jersey – 2003), Manny Legace (Detroit – 2002), Aebischer and Pratt (Colorado – 2001), Krzysztof Oliwa (New Jersey – 2000) and Kevin Dean (New Jersey – 1995).
Named in recognition of Patrick J. Kelly, who is one of the founding fathers of the ECHL, the Kelly Cup has been awarded to the ECHL champion since 1997. The Kelly Cup stands 19 3/8 inches tall and weighs 25 3/8 pounds and was created by Boardman Silversmiths, Inc. in Meriden, Connecticut. Boardman also produces the Calder Cup for the American Hockey League as well as the U.S. Open Tennis trophy and the Masters trophy. The Kelly Cup, which was won in 2005 by the Trenton Titans, replaced the Riley Cup which was awarded from 1989-96.
The Second Annual Kelly Cup Tour was held in the spring of 2005 and the trophy traveled 7,112 miles in 51 days as it visited 12 cities in eight states. The inaugural Kelly Cup Tour in the spring of 2004 covered 7,543 miles in 44 days and visited 10 cities in eight states.
The Third Annual Kelly Cup Tour will begin in February and again every team in the ECHL is being given the opportunity to have the league championship trophy visit its city.