Proceeds Benefit Players’ Health And Welfare Fund
PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL in association with The MeiGray Group announced on Wednesday that the Game-Worn Jersey Auction at the 2006 ECHL All-Star Game presented by Bud Light will benefit the Professional Hockey Players’ Association Health and Welfare Fund which provides health insurance for ECHL players and their families.
The jerseys worn by the 21 members of the American Conference and the 21 members of the National Conference during the first period of play on January 25 will be auctioned live during the game simultaneously at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. and online at ECHL.com , MeiGray.com and ECHLAuction.at.EDeal.com.
In addition to the jerseys, game-used and goal-scoring pucks from the All-Star Game will also be collected and auctioned.
The auction begins at 9 p.m. ET on Jan. 25 and closes at 6 p.m. ET on Feb. 8.
Since beginning the ECHL All-Star Game game-worn jersey auction in 2002, the ECHL and MeiGray have raised over $76,000 for the PHPA Health and Welfare Fund (2005), Make-A-Wish Foundation (2004), Karmanos Cancer Institute (2003) and Twin Towers Fund (2002).
“The Game-Worn Jersey hobby has grown tremendously over the last five years,” said Barry Meisel, MeiGray’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “Much of the credit for that goes to the ECHL, which pioneered the concept of a professional league authorizing and authenticating their game-worn jerseys in partnership with MeiGray. The ECHL recognizes that their fans and the thousands of game-worn jersey collectors all over the globe deserve absolute authenticity.”
Each player in the ECHL All-Star Game will wear a different jersey in each of the game’s three periods. The jerseys worn in the second period will be available to the general sports collecting public later this winter through MeiGray, a Branchburg, N.J., company that also partners with the National Hockey League in the NHL-MGG Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program and the American Hockey League in the AHL-MGG Game-Worn Jersey Program. The players will keep the jersey that they wear during the third period.
Each ECHL team will wear one set of home and road jerseys for the first half of the season and another set for the second half. MeiGray, which offers game-worn jerseys from all ECHL teams to hockey fans and sports collectors worldwide, owns the exclusive rights to the jerseys worn during the first half of the season while the teams own the exclusive rights to jerseys worn for the second half as well as all specialty jerseys and jerseys worn during the 2006 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Fans and collectors can order the jerseys of their favorite teams at MeiGray.com or telephone MeiGray toll-free at (888) 463-4472 for more information.
The leading distributor of game-worn hockey jerseys and “Official Game-Worn Jersey Source of the ECHL,” MeiGray has sold almost 3,000 game-worn ECHL jerseys since the program began in 2002-03, including almost 900 each of the past two seasons.