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 – The Adirondack Thunder paired with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization for the first time this October. The Thunder held a meet and greet with the players and a big/little pairing. Dana Fraser spoke to the kids on hard work and dedication to a dream. The players also gave a tour of the facility and locker room. It gave the Thunder an opportunity to build a great relationship with a  great organization.


Evansville – Cold Stone Blizzard participated in Smile on Down Syndrome’s SMILE Mile walk at the Vanderburgh Co. 4H Fair Grounds on Oct 3. Blizzard walked the mile with Eddie’s Buddies. Eddie is an 11 year old with Down Syndrome who loves sports and the IceMen.  He is a regular at the games, and has quite the puck collection to show for it. While out at the SMILE Mile, Blizzard not only got to catch up with his friend Eddie, but also got to meet some new ones!


Fort Wayne – On Oct. 20, Komets players made an appearance at Lakeside Middle School as part of their sponsorship from People Helping People (PHP). Through PHP, the Komets team up with local schools to promote education. Mike Embach and Garrett Thompson made an appearance at Lakeside Middle School to talk about education and staying healthy. Additionally, a teacher at Lakeside was recognized, and the school also used 600 tickets for a night with the Komets!


Manchester – The Manchester Monarchs are part of the greater Manchester community, and know that hockey isn’t the only thing that matters to the fans or surrounding area. On Oct. 27, the team took part in a rally for the Bedford Little League, as their concession stand and clubhouse were vandalized. This was the second time the Bedford fields have been vandalized in the past year. Monarchs players Zac Larazza, Derek Arnold and Alex Roach were on hand to help donate $500 from the Monarchs organization to help the clean-up effort, and Max was able to bring smiles to the faces of the little leaguers in attendance. The event was attended by about 100 people, including Primary Bank who started a bank account for the clean-up effort. Also in attendance was Fungo from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and Bedford native, and former Major League Baseball pitcher, Chris Carpenter. Although the clubhouse was vandalized, the show of support from those in attendance displayed how much the town is behind the Bedford Little League, and that the community is always there to support one another.


Norfolk – MDA’S Muscle Walk is an event hosted at the Virginia Beach Field House that supports children and adults living with muscular dystrophy. Participants help raise money for those who have muscular dystrophy to live longer and grow stronger in hopes that one day they will live free of mucular dystrophy. The Norfolk Admirals support MDA’s events throughout the year and attended this Walk, the Admirals support culminates with the MDA jersey auction that will be held on March 26, 2016. More information about MDA can be found at


Wheeling – For the first three Wednesdays of the season, the Nailers went to a different area around the Ohio Valley to meet with fans.  Some of the fans were Season Ticket Holders, others were just hearing about the team. Through this event, the Nailers were able to visit new markets and show their appreciation for fans outside the Wheeling area who travel so far to attend games and support the team!