ECHL Community Recap

ECHL teams are always giving back to their local communities. Here’s a look at some recent events from select teams.

Adirondack – On Sept. 9, Granville Elementary School held a Welcome Back Carnival Party for their students and invited Thunder mascot Gunnar out as a guest. The Thunder staff was able to get to know the staff at Granville better through this event. On Sept. 11, the Thunder partnered with the American Red Cross of NENY at the Glens Falls Lions Club to host a blood drive. The blood drive had over 100 donors and all received a free flex ticket to a Thunder game. Mascot Gunnar was also in attendance at this event. The Thunder also got involved with the local Blondes vs. Brunettes Charity Football Game. This game raised money for the #EndAlz campaign. The Thunder donated to the cause and also had a presence at the game.



Alaska – On Sept. 12, Aces mascot Boomer attended the Coyote Classic, a cross country jamboree for children in elementary school, held at Kincaid Elementary. Children ran 1/2 mile(k-2nd grade) and 1 mile courses(3rd-6th grade). The kids were all very excited to see Boomer – he rang his cowbell and got high fives as the children ran by him. Sept. 13, was the Aces 5K. The event turned out great, and everyone that attended had a great run/walk. The mascots cheered on everyone as they left the start and as they got to the finish line. On Sept. 20, Boomer made a quick visit at the UPS vs FEDEX hockey game at the Subway center. Boomer took lots of photos right by the front door as fans entered the arena and also walked through the stands and saw all of the people that were ready to cheer on the teams. Monday September 21 was the North Anchorage Anchorage School District Jamboree for elementary students. The Aces have created a partnership with Healthy Futures, an organization that promotes physical activity as well as healthy eating choices for children in elementary schools. This was one of many events sponsored by Healthy Futures. Four Aces players – Nagy, Jones, Breton, Coffman, along with Coach Murray all helped pass out medals to the children as they ran through the finish line.



Allen – On Sept. 12, the Allen Americans Players, Ice Angels and Staff participated in the Cooper Fitness Triathlon. Cooper Fitness is one of the team’s sponsors, and they hold this USA Triathlon sanctioned event annually. Allen Americans President Matt Canavan competed in all three legs of the triathlon; swimming, biking and running with the Kelly Cup in tow. The Allen Eagles High School Football team is the #1 ranked high school team in the country. So on Sept. 25, Americans players Aaron Gens, Ian Schultz and Kevin Young, along with staff members from the front office attended the Eagles home football game. The Eagles average around 15,000 fans per game, so having a great relationship with the high school is an opportunity for the Americans to extend to the Eagles fanbase. Gens, Schultz and Young signed autographs for fans and posed for photos with the Kelly Cup. Americans staff members manned a sales table with information on ticket plans as well as passed out 2015-2016 schedules.



Reading – On Sept. 16, the Royals attended the Taste of Hope event. Taste of Hope is the primary fundraiser for Family Promise, a local non-profit that helps families overcome homelessness. Supporters were able to sample various foods from different in house and guest chefs. Proceeds help local communities of faith house these families as they work through the program. Family Promise is also one of the Royals’ Major partners for Shelter Night on Nov 28. Each ticket they sell for the game raises money for their program. On Sept. 13, the Royals took part in the Hear Our Voices 5K which benefitted Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County, an organization that provides hope, information and emotional support to women and men affected by breast cancer. Proceeds went directly into their fund. Slapshot led stretches and got everyone excited before the race. BCSS is a major partner for the Royals’ Caring for Cancer night on Feb. 13.