ECHL Community Recap

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

Cincinnati – On Jan. 26, the entire Cincinnati Cyclones team was broken up into groups to set out to tour various Tri-State schools that had participated in the Education in Hockey Day game earlier in the season. The players talked to students at these schools to stress the importance of staying in school and anti-bullying, among other topics. On Jan. 31, the Cyclones hosted their annual “pink ice” game which was preceded by their “Frozen 5K.” The 5K drew more than 2,000 runners and took them on a 3.1 mile race on the banks of the Ohio River. The proceeds from the 5K benefitted the Pink Ribbon Girls, an organization dedicating to easing the minds of individuals and families affected by breast cancer. The Cyclones held a postgame jersey auction that evening which also benefitted the Pink Ribbon Girls. 



Elmira – On Jan. 14, two Jackals players, Sam Marotta and Travis Fullerton travelled to Fassett Elementary School to have lunch with some of the students. The selected students had been chosen based on the number of reading hours they had completed during their winter break. On Jan. 31, mascot Blade traveled to the Binghamton Senators game to participate in ‘Mascot Mania.’ As part of his attendance, Blade traveled along the concourse greeting fans and participating in intermission activities as well.

Missouri – On Jan. 13, the Mavericks hosted their “bd’s Guest Chef” event to benefit Jr. Mavs Hockey. Mavericks players Geordie Wudrick, Alex Lepkowski and Maxime Legace worked the grill at bd’s Mongolian Grill for fans, serving up delicious food to all in attendance. 15% of all food checks went to the Jr. Mavs Hockey program, raising $1,000 for the youth hockey program. Partnering with the Jr. Mavs Hockey Program made this event a huge success – it gave every day fans a reason (an extra reason) to come out to their Tuesday night event. On Jan. 27, fans and supporters of Community Services League (CSL) joined the entire Missouri Mavericks team at the Blue Springs Elks Lodge for a night of trivia fun. CSL did a big push to their supporters, and the event has become a fan-favorite, especially to many members of the Orange Army Fan Club, which greatly boosts attendance.



Reading – On Feb. 3, Royals’ players Sean Wiles, Jordan Heywood, Kevin Walrod and Martin Ouellette, along with Mascots Slapshot & Tiara, visited the John Paul II Center for Special Learning for several hours. The school is for students with learning disabilities. The players interacted with the children at the school while also learning about what the students were learning, and even taking part in a couple dance parties! Attendees from the John Paul II Center for Special Learning will be coming to the Royals game on Feb. 8.



Wichita – On Jan. 13, Thunder players visited children in the various pediatric units at Wesley Hospital. The players distributed teddy pears to the kids to try and help brighten their moods and make their stays at the hospital a bit more comfortable. On Jan. 26, a participating classroom at Oak Street Elementary from the Thunder’s “Reading…Give it a Shot” program received a visit from players to read to them.