The ECHL announced on Tuesday that the Stanley Cup will appear during the 2015 CCM / ECHL All-Star Week presented by Visit Orlando, marking the 13th time in the last 15 years that the NHL championship trophy will be on display during the ECHL All-Star festivities.
The Stanley Cup will be making numerous appearances around Orlando including a stop at Florida Hospital for Children on Monday, Jan. 19, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in addition to a number of media outlets.
On Tuesday, Jan. 20, the Stanley Cup will be on display for any fans that have purchased a FanFest ticket to have their picture taken with the revered trophy . Ticket holders will receive a separate pass required for admission into the Disney Atrium at the Amway Center from 5-10 p.m. during the ECHL FanFest presented by Walgreens.
As part of the Hockey Hall of Fame display, presented by Sutton Special Risk, the Conn Smythe Trophy, Hart Trophy and Turner Cup will also appear during the All-Star festivities.
The Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded annually to the Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, has twice been awarded to ECHL alums with Boston’s Tim Thomas receiving the trophy in 2011 and Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick in 2012.
The Hart Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the National Hockey League’s Most Valuable Player. Wayne Gretzky won the award a record nine times during his career, including eight consecutive seasons from 1979-80 through 1986-87. Gordie Howe received the Hart Trophy six times during his career.
The Turner Cup was the trophy presented to the champion of the International Hockey League from the league’s inception in 1945 through the 2000-01 season when the Orlando Solar Bears became the final champion of the league’s history. The trophy was retired and moved to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
The ECHL All-Star Classic will be surrounded by a week-long schedule of events, starting with the Orlando Youth Hockey Association Martin Luther King Day Tournament at the RDV Sportsplex Ice Den. The tournament begins on Friday, January 16th, and runs through Monday, January 19th. More than 50 youth hockey teams from across the U.S. and Canada will travel to Central Florida for the Tournament.
The CCM/ECHL All-Star FanFest presented by Walgreens will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, from 6-10 p.m. The FanFest will also include:
• Church Street Station Block Party with a DJ, inflatable games, and a visit from Shades and the Solar Bears Dancers
• Country Concert featuring Madeline Smith presented by Wealth by Design and Coors Light at Cheyenne Saloon
• HockeyFest at the Ballroom on Church Street Station including a Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit presented by Sutton Special Risk with the Kelly Cup, the Conn Smythe Trophy, the Hart Trophy, and the Turner Cup on display, player appearances, interactive games, and the MeiGray “History of Hockey” jersey and memorabilia display
• Outdoor Youth Hockey All-Star Game at the Garland Avenue Parking Lot where local youth house league and travel hockey players will team up with ECHL All-Stars in an outdoor deck hockey exhibition
The Kelly Cup will also be available for viewing at the ECHL Hall of Fame luncheon, presented by BFL CANADA, on Wednesday, Jan. 21, as well as during the 2015 CCM / ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Visit Orlando.
About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 21 teams in 14 states for its 27th season in 2014-15. There have been 553 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 12 who have made their NHL debuts in the 2014-15 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 29 of the 30 NHL teams in 2014-15, marking the 18th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter.