The ECHL announced on Monday that the 2015 ECHL Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be presented by BFL CANADA and will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at 12 p.m., at the DoubleTree By Hilton Orlando Downtown.
The eighth class of inductees will be announced in December 2014 and will enter into the ECHL Hall of Fame during the luncheon, featuring Induction Ceremonies, players from the Orlando Solar Bears and the ECHL All-Star Team, and several of the NHL and ECHL’s most prestigious trophies.
“We are excited to bring the ECHL Hall of Fame Luncheon event to Orlando as part of the 2015 CCM/ECHL All-Star Game Festivities,” said Ryan Crelin, Sr. Vice President of Business Operations. “BFL CANADA has continuously helped us honor those that have made the ECHL what it is today, and we are looking forward to another memorable event which means so much to the inductees.”
“We are honored once again to be presenting the eigth edition of the ECHL Hall of Fame Luncheon,” said Barry Lorenzetti, President & Founder of BFL CANADA Risk and Insurance Services Inc. “BFL CANADA recognizes and applauds the growth and continued success of this organization and its inductees. Once again this year, we are very proud to be a part of this very exciting event”
Table tickets for this limited special event will be available to sponsors and season-ticket members of the Orlando Solar Bears through their front office starting on Oct. 16, 2014. Single tickets for the event (if the event is not sold out prior) will be available to the general public starting on Dec. 1, 2014. Table sponsorships include nine tickets and a company acknowledgement, as well as a 2015 ECHL All-Star or Orlando Solar Bears player joining the table for lunch. For more information on how to order your tickets for this commemorative event, please contact the Solar Bears at 407-951-8200.
Hall of Fame members are selected in four categories: Player, Developmental Player, Builder, and Referee/Linesman. Players must have concluded their career as an active player for a minimum of three playing seasons, though not continuous or full seasons. Developmental Players must have begun their career in the ECHL and went on to a distinguished career in the NHL, playing a minimum of 260 regular season games in the NHL, AHL and ECHL. Builders may be active or inactive whereas Referee/Linesman must have concluded their active officiating career for a minimum of three playing seasons.
No more than five candidates may be elected to the ECHL Hall of Fame each year with no more than three Players, one Developmental Player, two Builders and one Referee/Linesman. The Developmental Player, Builder and the Referee/Linesman categories are dependent upon the number of candidates in the Player category.
The nomination and/or selection of candidates will be determined by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee and its Chairman Patrick J. Kelly.
Only members of the Selection Committee, the Board of Governors, teams or persons affiliated with the ECHL may submit official nominations which must be made in writing to the league office. Fans are encouraged to contact their team to propose names for nomination.
About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 21 teams in 14 states for its 27th season in 2014-15. There have been 541 players who have started their career in the ECHL have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 29 who made their NHL debuts in the 2013-14 season. The ECHL had affiliations with 26 of the 30 NHL teams in 2013-14, marking the 17th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
About BFL CANADA
Founded in 1987 by Barry F. Lorenzetti, BFL CANADA, is the largest employee-owned and operated Risk Management, Insurance Brokerage, and Employee Benefits services firm in Canada. The firm has a team of close to 500 professionals located in nine cities across the country. BFL CANADA is a founding Partner of Lockton Global LLP, a Partnership of independent insurance brokers and agents who provide Risk Management, Insurance and Benefits Consulting services in over 120 countries around the world. For more information about the company, visit bflcanada.ca.