As part of the 2016 CCM/ECHL Hockey Heritage Week presented by PNC Bank and Bronson Health, the Kalamazoo Wings announced in conjunction with the ECHL that the Stanley Cup will be touring the city of Kalamazoo on Feb. 1 and 2.
The trophy, awarded to the champion of the National Hockey League, and often revered as the most prestigious in sports, will arrive in the afternoon on Monday, Feb. 1, and make stops at Bronson Children’s Hospital and Bronson Sports Medicine, before a general viewing at Old Burdick’s Wings West for those who have purchased tickets for either of the games on Feb. 5 or 6 against the Toledo Walleye.
Day two of the tour features Lord Stanley’s Cup paying a visit to local radio stations and other media outlets before arriving at Wings Event Center for the final general viewing opportunity for those coming to either the February 5th or February 6th game.
It is the first time since 2012 that the Stanley Cup will grace Kalamazoo and Wings Event Center, and fans are encouraged to bring their own cameras for personal photos with the trophy or utilize the professional photographer who will be made available for photos.
Highlights of the 2016 CCM/ECHL Hockey Heritage Week presented by PNC Bank and Bronson Sports Medicine:
• Stanley Cup and Kelly Cup tour of Kalamazoo and surrounding area
• 9th Annual ECHL Hall of Fame Luncheon presented by BFL CANADA with keynote speaker Ken Holland of the Detroit Red Wings
• Representatives from all 28 ECHL teams in attendance
• NHL trophies, exhibits and games from the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto presented by Sutton Special Risk
• Special fan interactions with players, coaches and alumni
• Hockey Heritage merchandise available for purchase
• Exclusive ticket packages (available here)
• Two games between Kalamazoo and Toledo
• Performances from the Zooperstars during all intermissions of both games
Single-game tickets are now on sale! Tickets can be purchased at kwings.com or at the Wings Event Center box office. Box office hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A $2 discount is applied on all tickets purchased before the date of the game. Any student that shows a valid ID can get tickets for just $10.
Wings Event Center, owned and operated by Greenleaf Hospitality Group, is home to the minor league hockey team Kalamazoo Wings and a full entertainment venue offering concerts, sporting events, family shows and trade shows. Built in 1974, Wings Event Center values partnerships with the community to bring events and attractions that enrich the lives of residents in the Kalamazoo area.
About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 28 teams in 21 states and one Canadian province for its 28th season in 2015-16. There have been 581 players who have started their career in the ECHL who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 12 who have made their NHL debuts during the 2015-16 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 NHL teams in 2015-16, 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.