The ECHL announced on Monday that the 2016 ECHL Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be presented by BFL CANADA and will take place on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 at 12 Noon, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in Kalamazoo, Mich. The event will feature Detroit Red Wings’ General Manager and Executive Vice President Ken Holland to deliver the keynote welcome before inducting the ninth class of the ECHL Hall of Fame.
The latest class of inductees will be announced in December 2015 and will enter into the ECHL Hall of Fame during the luncheon, featuring Induction Ceremonies, players from the Kalamazoo Wings and Toledo Walleye, and several of the NHL and ECHL’s most prestigious trophies as part of the 2016 CCM/ECHL Hockey Heritage Week presented by PNC Bank and Bronson Sports Medicine.
“The ECHL is thrilled to bring the Hall of Fame Luncheon to Kalamazoo, a city rich with hockey history, as part of our line-up of festivities during the 2016 CCM/ECHL Hockey Heritage Week,” said Ryan Crelin, Sr. Vice President of Business Operations. “We couldn’t be happier to have Ken Holland to help us commemorate this induction, along with BFL CANADA’s continued support to make this one of our signature League events.”
“This is yet another exciting year for our Organization to be part of and presenting sponsor of the 9th edition of the ECHL Hall of Fame luncheon” said Nellie Lindner, Vice President of Sports, Film & Entertainment at BFL CANADA Risk & Insurance Services Inc. “Our passion for the sport and commitment to our client is exemplified by our ongoing support and sponsorship.”
Individual luncheon tickets can be purchased for $49 starting Monday, Nov. 9, or luncheon tickets can be purchased as part of the Hockey Heritage Week Hall of Fame ticket package for $79, which includes a game ticket to the Feb. 5 contest between the Kalamazoo Wings and Toledo Walleye, a Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit pass, a Stanley Cup viewing with photo, and luncheon access. Tickets can be purchased at the Wings Event Center box office or at kwings.com.
ECHL 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 28 teams in 21 states and one Canadian province for its 28th season in 2015-16. There have been 569 players who have started their career in the ECHL who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including seven who have made their NHL debuts during the 2015-16 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 NHL teams in 2015-16, marking the 18th 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.