The ECHL announced on Tuesday that its member teams donated more than $3.6 million to charitable and non-profit organizations during the 2017-18 season.
The Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League and its teams have contributed over $30 million to charity in the last seven years and more than $49 million in the last 13 seasons.
“Once again this season, the ECHL’s 27 teams made a significant impact in their market,” said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. “These efforts are driven by our commitment to the ‘Declaration of Principles.’ In short, we believe in our ability to improve lives and strengthen communities globally through hockey. We believe that living by these Principles will provide a healthy, balanced and enjoyable experience for all and inspire impactful service beyond the rink.”
The financial contributions are in addition to the thousands of appearances by players, coaches, team personnel and mascots at schools, hospitals, libraries and charity functions throughout the year.
The total includes over $228,000 for cancer awareness and prevention raising the total raised through “Pink in the Rink” and similar events the last 11 seasons to more than $3.6 million.
About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 27 teams in 21 states and one Canadian province for its 30th season in 2017-18. There have been 641 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 18 who have made their NHL debuts in the 2017-18 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 31 NHL teams in 2017-18, marking the 21st consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Twitter and Facebook.