PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL in association with The MeiGray Group announced that fans will have the opportunity to purchase jerseys and pucks from the 2011 ECHL All-Star Classic presented by CCM and brought to you by Mercy & Memorial Hospitals.
“This is our Tenth Anniversary auction, and what a great ten years it has been,” said Barry Meisel, MeiGray’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “We love the new All-Star format, and we expect fans and collectors will love it too.”
The 2011 ECHL All-Star Classic presented by CCM and brought to you by Mercy & Memorial Hospitals will be hosted by the Bakersfield Condors at Rabobank Arena and played on Jan. 26. This year’s format features the host team taking on a team of ECHL All-Stars.
The 10th Annual All-Star Game-Worn Jersey Auction will begin when the puck drops to start the game on Wednesday at 7 p.m. PT while the eighth annual All-Star Puck Auction will begin Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. ET and the eighth annual All-Star Game-Worn Skills Competition Jersey & Puck Auction will begin on Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. ET.
The jerseys worn by the 21 members of the ECHL All-Star Team and the 21 members of the Bakersfield Condors during the first period of play on Jan. 26 will be auctioned live during the game at ECHL.com and MeiGray.com.
In addition to the jerseys, game-used and goal-scoring pucks from the All-Star Classic as well as jerseys and pucks from the skills competition will also be collected and auctioned at MeiGray.com.
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 at a later date 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 2011 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 sold more than 700 game-worn jerseys in 2009-10 and has sold more than 5,500 since it became “The Official Game- Worn Jersey Source of the ECHL” in 2002-03.
Nine coaches from the ECHL All-Star Game have gone on to coach in the National Hockey League while 53 players from the contest have gone on to play in the NHL, including 37 since 2002 when the lineups began having players who coaches felt were prospects to move up to a higher level.
The fourth class will be inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame on Jan. 26, 2011 during a luncheon ceremony presented by BFL Canada and the Bakersfield Convention & Visitors Bureau at the Marriott Bakersfield Hotel, the official host hotel of the 2011 ECHL All-Star Classic. Three-time National Hockey League All-Star, and current Toronto Maple Leafs Vice President of Hockey Operations Dave Poulin, will serve as the keynote speaker at the luncheon.
Tickets for the luncheon are $40 each or a table with seven tickets can be purchased for $250. Fans can purchase tickets by downloading the Luncheon Ticket Order Form or by calling the Condors Office at (661) 324-7825.
The ECHL All-Star Fan Fest presented by Bank of the Sierra, will be held at the Marriott Bakersfield Hotel on Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tickets for the Fan Fest can be purchased by calling the Condors at (661) 324-7825.
The past eight ECHL All-Star Games have generated more than $1 million each for the local economy as guests, players, coaches and fans occupy hundreds of hotel rooms and spend three days in the host city.
The game has been available live on the NHL Network the last eight years as well as being broadcast on multiple regional networks. The audio broadcast has been carried on XM Satellite Radio as well as being available in all ECHL markets.
The Stanley Cup and the Patrick J. Kelly Cup will both be on display throughout the event, marking the 11th time in the last 12 years that the NHL championship trophy and the ECHL championship trophy have been displayed together at the All-Star Game.