Stanley Cup Visits ECHL Cities For Charity
Tour Begins Wednesday In Johnstown

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League will join with the ECHL and tour the Stanley Cup to 20 ECHL teams between Oct. 26 and Dec. 17 to help raise money for hurricane relief efforts.

The tour will begin with a visit to the Johnstown Chiefs, the affiliate team of last seasonís Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning. The final tour stop is a visit to the Greenville Grrrowl in South Carolina on Dec. 17.

A complete list of tour stops follows.

All proceeds will benefit charities assisting in hurricane relief efforts including, but not limited to, the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and United Way. This tour is another addition to the National Hockey Leagueís charitable efforts, which have included a joint donation with the NHL Players’ Association of $1 million to the Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina relief.

Hockey’s most famous trophy will be the center of various activities throughout the tour: visits to schools, media appearances and private showings. The “Keeper of the Cup” from the Hockey Hall of Fame also will be available to answer questions and talk about the history of hockey. Fans will have the opportunity to have their photograph taken with the Stanley Cup and make a monetary donation towards hurricane relief.

“I would like to thank Commissioner Gary Bettman and the National Hockey League, the NHL Players’ Association and the Hockey Hall of Fame for their role in raising the level of awareness and assistance for people in both Mississippi and Southeast Texas, two ECHL markets hard hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. We encourage fans in all participating cities to come see professional sportís most famous trophy and help in fundraising at the same time,” said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna.

Fans can follow the ECHL Stanley Cup Tour by logging on to www.NHL.com.

2005 ECHL Stanley Cup Tour

Oct. 26
Johnstown Chiefs
Johnstown, Pa.
NHL Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning

Oct. 28
Wheeling Nailers
Wheeling, W.Va.
NHL Affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins

Oct. 29
Toledo Storm
Toledo, Ohio
NHL Affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks

Oct. 30
Dayton Bombers
Dayton, Ohio
NHL Affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets

Nov. 18
Trenton Titans
Trenton, N.J.
NHL Affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders

Nov. 19
Reading Royals
Reading, Pa.
NHL Affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings

Nov. 20
Pensacola Ice Pilots
Pensacola, Fla.
NHL Affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Nov. 24
Utah Grizzlies
West Valley City, Utah

Nov. 25
Las Vegas Wranglers
Las Vegas
NHL Affiliate of the Calgary Flames

Nov. 26
Phoenix Roadrunners
Phoenix, Arizona
Nov. 27

Long Beach Ice Dogs
Long Beach, Calif.
NHL Affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens

Nov. 30
Bakersfield Condors
Bakersfield, Calif.

Dec. 2
Victoria Salmon Kings
Victoria, British Columbia

Dec. 7
Idaho Steelheads
Boise, Idaho
NHL Affiliate of the Dallas Stars

Dec. 10
Columbia Inferno
Columbia, S.C.
NHL Affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks

Dec. 11
South Carolina Stingrays
North Charleston, S.C.
NHL Affiliate of the Washington Capitals

Dec. 13
Gwinnett Gladiators
Gwinnett, Ga.
NHL Affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers

Dec. 14
Augusta Lynx
Augusta, Ga.

Dec. 16
Charlotte Checkers
Charlotte, N.C.
NHL Affiliate of the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators

Dec. 17
Greenville Grrrowl
Greenville, S.C.
NHL Affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers