Hot Prospects Trading Card
Set Includes ECHL Players

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – The Professional Hockey Players’ Association and the ECHL are pleased to announce the inclusion of the ECHL as part of In The Game’s 2005-06 Heroes & Prospects Series II trading card product.

In its second year on the market, the Heroes & Prospects Series brand has been affording collectors and fans alike an opportunity to secure top-quality autograph and memorabilia cards featuring their favorite hockey heroes and rising stars.

“We are proud to be partners with In The Game in producing a trading card product that is truly unique in the industry,” said PHPA Director of Communications & Business Development Andrew Johnston. “In The Game’s decision to include the ECHL in this product is a testament to the League’s ongoing popularity throughout the hockey community. The ability to showcase our ECHL Members within this series provides the players and the League great exposure internationally.”

While the ECHL has been featured in trading-card products in the past, the Heroes & Prospects set is the first major-league project with an international scope. Several of the ECHL’s top prospects will be featured in this second series of the Heroes & Prospects product including Alaska’s Chris Beckford-Tseu, Charlotte’s Hugh Jessiman, Fresno’s Brett Jaeger, Greenville’s Mike Brodeur and Mike Morrison, Gwinnett’s Chris Durno, Idaho’s Garett Bembridge and D’Arcy McConvey, Reading’s Greg Hogeboom, Trenton’s Rosario Ruggeri, Utah’s Matt Craig and Wheeling’s Andy Franck.

For more information on ITG Heroes & Prospects Series II, visit www.ITGTradingCards.com.

A limited number of hobby-version boxes will be available for purchase online at www.Shop.PHPA.com.