ECHL Community Recap

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


Idaho – The Steelheads wore custom patriotic jerseys for their games on Nov. 6 and 7 versus the Atlanta Gladiators. The jerseys were auctioned off to fans at the conclusion of the weekend. The Steelheads raised over $17,200 from the auction, all of which was donated to St. Luke’s Rehabilitation for exercise and wellness opportunities for veterans.


Indy – Indiana Historical Society has a tree decorating event every year with many of the companies in the community coming together to decorate a tree with each companies’ theme. The Fuel went with a theme of “O GOALIE NIGHT”. The Fuel tree will be alongside Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, and other notable local companies. The trees will be on display through Christmas, with an expected attendance to see the trees of over 50,000 people.


Norfolk – Brady Grese survived an emergency life-saving surgery after having a tonsillectomy in August 2015. Brady’s mother, Darla, sent a small request to the Admirals that turned into a day Brady will never forget. On Nov. 3, Brady was brought out to watch practice and run drills with a few members of the team; he was then invited to the locker room for a team meeting and was given a stall for his equipment.  At the next game, he watched warm-ups from the penalty box and hit the ice again – this time aboard the Zamboni. One Admiral in particular quickly bonded with Brady forging a special friendship. Tom Mele offered to leave Brady tickets to any game that he wanted to attend. Brady has been cheering on his new friend from the stands at every home game since, from right above the locker room. Not only were the Admirals able to fill a small request, but exceeded the expectations of a single mother and Junior Admiral.



Utah – The entire Grizzlies team visited the VA Hospital for a visit on Nov. 9. The team had 500 free tickets to hand out to Veterans and VA staff members. Stopping to talk to everyone, from those filling prescriptions, to those in long term care, is a hallmark of this event.  The players visit and learn so much from those who have served, but also, they have so much fun. Laughing and joking along with mascot Grizzbee, is a great way to brighten the day of a real hero.