Stanley Cup Tour Hits Bakersfield, Victoria

The Stanley Cup Tour of the ECHL travels into Bakersfield on Wednesday for the Condors game against original ECHL member Johnstown and then it heads north to Victoria, British Columbia which is home to the Victoria Salmon Kings, who are the only ECHL team outside the United States, on Friday for the Salmon Kings game against the Utah Grizzlies.

The National Hockey League and the Hockey Hall of Fame have toured hockey’s most prestigious trophy throughout the league since Oct. 26 to raise awareness and money for hurricane relief efforts. The Tour visited Utah on Thanksgiving, Las Vegas on Friday, Phoenix on Saturday and Long Beach on Sunday after previous stops in Johnstown, Wheeling, Toledo, Dayton, Trenton, Reading and Pensacola.

Mississippi and Texas of the ECHL were both unable to play in 2005-06 as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the Florida Everblades had to postpone their season opener for a week because of Hurricane Wilma.

All ECHL teams were given an opportunity to host the Stanley Cup and 20 of the 23 teams who submitted requests are in the original schedule which continues until Dec. 17. The NHL is finalizing details on visits to San Diego and Stockton in conjunction with the Stanley Cup’s annual visit to the ECHL All-Star Game which is being hosted by the Fresno Falcons at Save Mart Center on Jan. 25.

Donations generated by the appearances benefit charities assisting in hurricane relief efforts including, but not limited to, the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and the United Way. The Tour is another addition to the National Hockey League’s charitable efforts which have included a joint donation with the NHL Players’ Association of $1 million to the Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina relief.