The ECHL announced on Thursday that the 2020 Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Toyota will air LIVE exclusively on NHL Network™ on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT from INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas.
Following the format established last season, the Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic will feature a 3-on-3 tournament with four teams competing for the top spot. The host Wichita Thunder will make up two of the four teams and face-off against the other two teams made up of All-Star players from the Eastern and Western Conference. These four teams will compete in a 3-on-3 tournament with rally scoring in order to crown a winner. The 2020 Kansas Star Casino/ECHL All-Star Skills Competition will take place in between rounds of the tournament, with results counting towards the cumulative score.
“Building off all of the positive feedback and success we had with this format last year, we look forward to showcasing our players again to a national audience on NHL Network,” said ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin. “This game allows our players and fans to have a lot of fun with the event and to showcase the development of players in our League.”
This presentation of the Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic marks the fourth consecutive year the ECHL and NHL Network, the TV home for the National Hockey League, have worked together to air the game live in the United States. For local channel listings, go to www.NHLNetwork.com.
About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 26 teams in 19 states and two Canadian provinces for its 32nd season in 2019-20. There have been 666 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after playing in the ECHL, including four who have made their NHL debuts in the 2019-20 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 31 NHL teams in 2019-20, marking the 23rd consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available at ECHL.com as well as on Twitter and Facebook.
About the NHL Network
As the TV home for the National Hockey League, NHL Network™ gives viewers an all-access pass to complete hockey coverage both on and off the ice, including live NHL games and special on-site coverage of NHL events, the documentary series NHL Network Originals, plus three signature studio shows with interviews, highlights and expert analysis from a variety of hockey insiders and former players. Additional programming includes behind-the-scenes features, player profiles and international and amateur hockey competitions. For more information on NHL Network, log on to www.NHLNetwork.com and follow @NHLNetwork on Twitter.