ECHL Community Recap

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

Colorado – On March 7, the Eagles held their annual ‘Pot of Gold Night.’ The Irish-themed game night helped raise money for eight-year-old Parker Hobbs who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Donations were collected from fans in attendance by members of local Sheriff’s offices and St. Patrick’s Day jerseys were sold in a silent auction with 100% of the proceeds directly donated to the Hobbs family. The jerseys were extra-special as they were designed by Eagles forward, Taylor Vause. With the help of the community and fans in attendance the Eagles raised over $51,333 for Parker Hobbs and his family! On March 23, the Eagles held their first-ever Socia-BOWL – a fun-filled night of food, drinks, bowling, and laughs held at The Summit Entertainment Center. The event featured all of the Eagles players, champagne, food and dessert, as well as a ticket to an upcoming game, a locker room tour, and a variety prizes all for the ladies! The players also wore custom bowling shirts which were sold in a silent auction. The proceeds from all of the shirts, along with a portion of each ticket sold benefitted the Colorado Eagles Foundation with over $2,000 raised!



Gwinnett – The Gladiators make a yearly visit to Children’s Hospital of Atlanta. This year, the visit took place on March 12, when over 13 players in attendance helped deliver stuffed animals from the Gladiators’ Teddy Bear Toss game and spread cheer to the patients. The Gladiators players also helped organize and execute a hospital-wide Bingo tournament. CHOA is a big supporter of the Gladiators, and it w as a great opportunity for the team to return the love! On April 1, seven Gladiators players spent the afternoon at the Gwinnett Medical Center’s Mason Children’s Clinic. The players greeted incoming patients with smiles and stuffed animals. They also hung out in the “Immunization Waiting Room” to help distract the children before their shots, and calm them down afterwards. This marked the Glads’ first visit to a hospital other than CHOA, and brought many smiles to both the patients and staff of a longstanding Gladiators healthcare provider.



Kalamazoo – Prior to their game on March 7, the K-Wings raised money for the Special Olympics. Known for skating on frozen water, members of the K-Wings took off their skates and jumped into freezing water for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge presented by Sam’s Club at Wings Stadium. Head coach Nick Bootland, assistant coach Colin Chaulk and Defenseman, Sam Ftorek, participated in the event, along with mascot Slappy. Anyone additional that participated in the Polar Plunge also received a free ticket to the K-Wings game later that night against the Komets. On March 10, Defenseman Sam Ftorek and mascot Slappy made a special visit to Winchell Elementary. Sam and Slappy were there to congratulate students on completing Slappy’s Reading Program, and to reward them for their efforts with some free tickets. Sam also spoke about the children’s book that he illustrated, “The Bright Night.” Sam discussed the importance of using your imagination to make the characters in a book come alive.



South Carolina – On March 19, a few of the Stingrays players visited Pet Helpers Animal Shelter. Pet Helpers is a local non-profit Rescue and Adoption center whose mission is to end euthanasia of cats and dogs by keeping all animals until they are adopted. The players helped volunteer some time with these animals, as well as took pictures with them for the Stingrays social media pages, in hopes that Stingrays fans may be interested in adopting these furry friends. Each year, the Stingrays host a “Hat Trick for Reading” game, with interested schools signing up for the team’s “Hat Trick for Reading” program. The students enrolled in the program have to read three books and then receive a free ticket to the “Hat Trick for Reading” game. The school that has the highest participation receives a $500 check from the Stingrays. On March 27, the check was presented to Chicora School of Communications for having over 125 vouchers redeemed. 



Utah – On March 26, with their Military appreciation night approaching, Channing Boe, Kevin Ryan, Steve MacIntyre, and Brent Gwidt along with Grizzbee paid a visit to the Veteran and those who serve our servicemen and women at the local VA Hospital. Armed with 500 tickets and their shiny new military appreciation jerseys, the players spent time with veterans that were at the VA for the routine to the extreme. Players got to know the people who have fought and given so much for this country and give them a small token of their appreciation with the tickets. The VA staff guided the players through the hospital as well as the Fisher House. The Fisher House is a place where the families of veterans can stay while their vet receives medical treatment. The house is the recipient of the money raised during the jersey auction post game on military night. The staff allowed the players to get a little taste of the struggles these families that serve go through. The Utah Grizzlies have performed their assembly “Hockey is a lot like Life” over 35 times this year. On the 18th of March Channing Boe, Jacob Johnston, and Grizzbee paid a visit to Twin Peaks Elementary in Salt Lake city to teach the kids about goals, teamwork and believing in themselves. Grizzlies Captain Boe has become particularly adept at working with kids in this setting. Between playing keep away with the puck, showing off a few battle scars (he had a puck break his jaw this year), and extolling the virtues of hard work, the kids really love meeting him.


Grizzbee is always a highlight for the kids. Grizzbee makes an entrance to loud applause at the end of the assembly to play goalie against one of the students with Grizzlies tickets for the whole school on the line. Fortunately for Twin Peaks, Grizzbee is not a great goalie. The entire school received a free ticket voucher.