ECHL teams are always giving back to their local communities. Here’s a look at some recent events from select teams.
Alaska – On Aug. 7, the Aces attended Fiddle De Dee at the Library. Kodi got to visit with a lot of toddlers and children that were about to start kindergarten. Fiddle De Dee is a musical group that interacts with children and gives them an opportunity to be social with other children their age. Kodi danced, made a little music with the group and got lots of hugs. On Aug. 13, both mascots got to go to the Thread book party. They got lots of pictures with children, blew some bubbles, built a giant wall with boxes and even did some sidewalk chalk. They handed out lots of BOGO ticket vouchers, schedules, and tattoos. The Alaska Aces Youth Hockey Camp was Aug. 10-14, for children from lower income households get the opportunity to take part in hockey. About 150 children participated, ranging in age from mites to pee wees. They were coached by the Aces Coach Rob Murray on ice, did some dry land training outside and got some delicious lunch after it was all done. The children improved their hockey skills each day and really enjoyed the training camp.
Evansville – On Aug. 8, the IceMen held a ‘Day at the Races’ with team sister company Ellis Park, on the biggest day of their race season. Fans were able to enter a drawing for a $50 Bet to Win voucher, participate in carnival games, play box hockey, see Blizzard and the Icicles and take part in a town hall meeting with coach Al Sims. Two of the Bet to Win winners saw their horses cross the finish line first! There even was a little fun in the Winner’s Circle with the jockey who won Race 1, Blizzard and IceMen owner Ron Geary. On Aug. 29, the IceMen hosted an Open House to coincide with their Single Game Tickets going on sale. Fans could roam the Ford Center, check out the locker room, get up close with the Zamboni, and buy single game, group or season tickets.
Orlando – Over 20,000 children and families from around Central Florida were able to benefit from services offered at the 2015 Hope Now International Back to School Bash on Aug. 22, including free haircuts, health checkups and school supplies. Shades and a member of the Solar Bears staff attended the event to interact with the children and their families, and give them the opportunity to have their picture taken with Shades, as well as assist with passing out some of the school supplies. Solar Bears head coach Anthony Noreen, assistant coach John Snowden and defenseman Eric Baier attended the OYHA kick-off to help in leading their first practices of the year. The members of the Solar Bears staff were on the ice with children of all ages and division levels (Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam, and Midget) running drills, teaching basic skills, as well stressing the importance of teamwork.