Las Vegas, Stockton Share Ticket Department Award

PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced on Wednesday that the Las Vegas Wranglers and the Stockton Thunder have been selected as the winners of the ECHL Ticket Department of the Year Award for 2005-06.

Headed by Ticket Sales Manager Jim Renner, Las Vegas raised its attendance more than 6.5 percent and ranked sixth in the league with 5,531 per game. In addition to Renner, the Wranglers ticket sales staff has Senior Ticket Account Executive Danielle Lucero, Ticket Account Executives Tara Bost, Victor DeMarco, Paul Sansone and Zack Sharkey, and Client Services Representative Kristi Weber.

Headed by Vice President of Sales Dave Piecuch, Stockton became the first team other than Florida to lead the league in attendance in the past five years as the first-year Thunder drew 228,364 and averaged 6,343 per game, including five sellouts at the new Stockton Arena. In addition to Piecuch, the Thunder ticket sales staff has Director of Group Sales Alex Geche, Account Executives Ryan Amos, Marlena Aranda, Alex Beer and Kirk Goodman.

The ECHL raised its average attendance for the third straight year in 2005-06 drawing 3,934,794 for 900 games which is an average of 4,372 per game, an increase of more than nine percent from 2004-05 and the largest per-game average since 1999-2000. Six teams surpassed 200,000 and nine teams averaged 5,000 per game for the first time since 1999-2000 as the league welcomed 39 sellout crowds and 13 of the 22 returning teams raised their average attendance from a year ago.

ECHL Ticket Department of the Year

Year Team
2005-06 Las Vegas Wranglers and Stockton Thunder
2004-05 Bakersfield Condors and Long Beach Ice Dogs
2003-04 Alaska Aces
2002-03 Reading Royals