PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced on Wednesday that Bakersfield Condors senior account managers Greg Lowe and Tim Statezni are the winners of the ECHL Ticket Executive of the Year Award for 2006-07.
Bakersfield led the Kelly Cup Playoffs with 5,700 per game after raising their regular season attendance for the fourth year in a row and finishing fourth in the ECHL with 5,848 per game after drawing 200,000 for the second consecutive season with a team record 210,531. The Condors attendance grew 4.4 percent attendance from 2005-06 and is up 29.6 percent from 2003-04 when they joined the league as an expansion team. Bakersfield had five crowds over 8,000 at Rabobank Arena, including the fourth-largest crowd in team history with 8,743 on Nov. 25, 2006.
Lowe and Statezni are both in their second season with the team and handle season ticket packages as well as group ticket sales. Lowe was awarded his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Iowa State University while Statezni received his bachelor’s degree in sports psychology and human development from Long Beach State University.
ECHL Ticket Executive of the Year
2006-07 Greg Lowe and Tim Statezni, Bakersfield Condors
2005-06 Kelly Clutter, Wheeling Nailers and Danielle Lucero, Las Vegas Wranglers
2004-05 Rob Patton, Gwinnett Gladiators
2003-04 Brendan Desjardin, Alaska Aces and Jesse Martin, Mississippi Sea Wolves
2002-03 Jeff Bach, Trenton Titans and Tim McGee, Reading Royals
The league officially changed its name to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in three states and has grown to be a coast-to-coast league that will have 25 teams playing in 17 states and British Columbia in 2007-08, including the Mississippi (Biloxi) Sea Wolves, who return after missing two seasons in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Opening Day for the 20th Anniversary Season will be Oct. 18 when the Johnstown Chiefs host the Wheeling Nailers at Cambria County War Memorial. The game is a rematch of Game 7 from the first-ever ECHL Finals played in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Cambria County War Memorial. The two teams will wear throwback jerseys for the Opening Day game that begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast worldwide on B2 Networks, the “Official Broadband Broadcast Provider of the ECHL”. The remaining teams will open their seasons the weekend of Oct. 19-21.
There have been 329 former ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, including a record 47 in 2005-06 and 26 in 2006-07. There have been 184 former ECHL players who have played their first game in the NHL in the past five seasons and 107 former ECHL players have skated in the NHL this season. More than 100 players under contract to NHL teams have played in the ECHL this season.
The ECHL is represented for the seventh consecutive year on the National Hockey League championship team in 2007 with Anaheim assistant coach Dave Farrish, players Francois Beauchemin and George Parros and broadcasters John Ahlers and Steve Carroll.
The ECHL has affiliations with 24 of the 27 teams in the American Hockey League in 2006-07 and for the past 17 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup champion.
In each of the last two seasons there have been more than 225 players who have played in both the ECHL and the AHL and there were over 800 call-ups involving more than 500 players.
In the last five seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 2,000 call-ups involving more than 1,000 players since 2002-03.
2008 ECHL All-Star Game and Skills Competition will be hosted by Stockton Thunder, City of Stockton and Stockton Arena on Jan. 22-23, 2008.
Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.