ECHL Community Recap

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

Brampton – Brampon Beast player Cal Wild runs a community outreach program called Cal‘s Pals, which was ongoing throughout December. The program focuses on raising funds and awareness for local charities and causes. With over $2,000 raised so far this year, Cal has been coming up with some creative ways to raise money for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. For every goal Cal scored in December, he personally donated $20, and $10 for every assist. These amounts were also matched by the team and four outside sponsors. Additionally, he has created special edition Cal’s Pals hats and put them into the Beast silent auction for two games which alone has raised over $80. He has also raised by money by working with his “Pals” – aka teammates – and donated a dollar per save that Grant Rollheiser made on Dec. 28. Finally, he reached out through his personal connections and acquired world junior championship tickets which were raffled off at a Beast game.



Greenville – On Dec. 12, the Road Warriors hosted a “Man Up Against Bullying” event at High Point Academy. It began with a player introduction as three Road Warriors players, along with Rowdy attended the event. Then the in-game host Zach walked the kids through the different types of bullying (cyber, physical, group) and the players and mascot acted out skits of each. At the end, attendees signed posters taking an anti-bullying pledge and each student received a certificate. On Dec. 8, mascot Rowdy visited the holiday light show at Roper Mountain walking around taking pictures with fans. Additionally, he and Road Warriors staff members handed out flyers for the team’s Frozen Night on Dec. 11. The event benefitted the Rotary Club of Greenville and Roper Mt. Science Center Association. These two organizations worked together to set up 72 light displays that require over 60,00 bulbs for people to enjoy, walk through, and meet Santa.



South Carolina – On Dec. 11, the Stingrays front office and players teamed up with the Stingrays boosters for a special Holiday Event at the MUSC Children’s Hospital. The boosters brought a gift for the play room at the hospital, and delivered it with the help of Stingrays players. The players also spent time playing and interacting with the kids inside the play room. Additionally, this holiday season the Salvation Army set up “Angel Trees” around the Charleston area which consisted of children’s names and their desired gifts for the holidays. Stingrays staff will help sort through these gifts to ensure they are appropriate for the kids, as well as try to best match up donated gifts with children’s requests. The record breaking 3,835 stuffed animals collected from the Stingrays’ Teddy Bear Toss will be donated to these children.



Toledo – The Toledo Walleye recently held their “Winterfest” extravaganza event in Toledo, and along with many tremendous and exciting community events, they were able to raise a lot of money for some worthy causes. The jerseys worn by the Walleye in their Winterfest game versus Kalamazoo, the first outdoor game in ECHL history, were auctioned off following the game. This jersey auction raised over $14,000 for the Toledo Children’s Hospital and Walleye Wishing Well. For the second Walleye game of Winterfest, in which they hosted the Fort Wayne Komets, the jerseys were once again auctioned off following the game. This auction raised over $13,000 for the Toledo Seagate Foodbank and Walleye Wishing Well.