PRINCETON, N.J. – OLN, the cable home of the National Hockey League, and the ECHL announced that OLN will televise the ECHL All-Star Game on Jan. 26 from 5-7 p.m. ET.
“The ECHL is excited about the opportunity to air our showcase event on OLN, the nation’s platform for professional hockey,” said Glen Thornborough, Senior Vice President of Marketing/Business Development. “Now fans nationwide will be afforded the excitement of ECHL hockey and the opportunity to witness some of hockey’s future stars.”
The ECHL All-Star Game will be played at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. PT.
Showcasing some of the top young players in the ECHL, the game draws coaches and scouts from both the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League and there have been over 25 players from the ECHL All-Star Game that have gone on to play in the NHL.
OLN is the leader in competitive and adrenaline-charged content. Now in 63.4 million homes, OLN is the cable home of the National Hockey League and best-in-class events like The Tour de France, The America’s Cup, Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the Boston Marathon and USSA Skiing. The network offers unique programming in four primary areas: Action Sports, Field Sports, Bulls & Rodeo and Awe-Inspiring Series, and is the exclusive home of Survivor in syndication. OLN, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.
The Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League, the ECHL began in 1988 with five teams in three states and is playing with 25 teams in 14 states and one Canadian province in 2005-06. The ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the NHL and there are more than 100 players in the ECHL under contract to NHL teams. There have been 289 ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL, including 33 in 2005-06, and each of the past five Stanley Cup winners have had a former ECHL player.