PRINCETON, N.J. – Sponsored by Coors Light and hosted by the Reading Royals, the Sovereign Center and the City of Reading, the 2005 ECHL All-Star Game was played in front of 6,746 in Reading, Pa. on Wednesday.
The ECHL will make an announcement on the host and site for the 2006 ECHL All-Star Game the week of January 31.
Trenton’s Brent Robinson scored two goals and Idaho’s Frank Doyle was named Most Valuable Player after stopping 20 of 21 shots in the second period to pick up the win as the National Conference scored six unanswered goals for a 6-2 win over the American Conference. The National Conference also won the Skills Competition on Tuesday, marking the eighth year that the winner of the Skills Competition has gone on to win the game.
Showcasing some of the top young players in the league, the game featured 24 rookies and 39 players making their first ECHL All-Star appearance which drew the attention of both the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League. In attendance were NHL coaches and scouts from Anaheim, Atlanta, Columbus, Florida, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, New Jersey, New York Islanders, Ottawa, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington and AHL representatives from Chicago, Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Manitoba, Norfolk, and Worcester. There have been 22 players from the ECHL All-Star Game that have advanced to the NHL.
Televised live for the fourth consecutive year, the game was available to more than 30 million homes, including a third straight year on The NHL Network in Canada as well as being shown live on Comcast Charter Sports Southeast and America One Television. The telecast was again offered free of charge to all ECHL teams and was to be carried live in Idaho, Peoria, Pensacola, Reading and San Diego.
The game will be televised on tape delay by Comcast Detroit at 7 p.m. on January 27 by Cox Sports Television Louisiana at 3 p.m. on January 29 and by CN8 on January 30 at 2 p.m. Play-by-play was handled by John Curtis of the host Reading Royals while former New York Rangers president and general manager Neil Smith was the color commentator. Josh Fisher of the Las Vegas Wranglers handled in-game and between-period interviews.
The ECHL, in association with Yahoo! Broadcast, has made the same telecast that is shown on television available free of charge online with live broadband video for the third year in a row. The live broadcast video requires a minimum connection speed of 100 Kbytes and Real Player. Dial-up customers will be able to listen to the radio broadcast on Yahoo! Broadcast, marking the seventh consecutive year that Yahoo! has carried the ECHL All-Star Game audio broadcast live on the Internet.
Produced by NHL Radio and offered free of charge to all ECHL teams, the radio broadcast was heard live in Atlantic City, Bakersfield, Gwinnett, Idaho, Mississippi, Reading, South Carolina, Trenton and Wheeling and on tape delay in Las Vegas. Handling the broadcast duties on radio were Tom Callahan on Augusta, John Michael of Johnstown and Dan Weiss of Atlantic City.
For the sixth consecutive year, the Patrick J. Kelly Cup and the Stanley Cup were on display throughout the All-Star festivities, allowing fans the opportunity to see and take pictures of the postseason championship trophy of the ECHL and the NHL, respectively.