The ECHL, in conjunction with the Jacksonville Icemen, announced on Saturday the selection of Jacksonville as the host city for the 2021 Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic.
The game will take place on Monday, January 18, 2021, at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena, and will also include the official induction ceremony of the 14th Class of the ECHL Hall of Fame, as well as the All-Star Fan Fest. Ticket information and availability will be announced at a later date. For the first time, the Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic will support a local non-profit organization as a portion of the event proceeds will be donated to Kids Hope Alliance.
“The ECHL Board of Governors is proud to announce unanimous support to bring the All-Star Classic and its festivities to Jacksonville,” said ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin. “In three seasons, Jacksonville has become one of the top organizations in the ECHL and certainly deserves the opportunity to be the host of this event.”
The annual Midseason showcase is attended by representatives from the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League and since its inception, has produced 68 players who have gone on to play in the NHL, including 52 since 2002 when the format was changed to feature younger prospects.
The 2021 ECHL All-Star Classic will be the first time for Jacksonville to host this annual all-star game, which traditionally generates over $1 million in economic impact as guests, players, coaches and fans occupy hotel rooms and spend three days in the host city.
“We thank the ECHL for recognizing the tremendous support our fans have given us,” said Icemen President Bob Ohrablo. “It is truly an honor to host this event. We would also like to thank the continued support of Mayor Curry, the City of Jacksonville, and our arena’s management team, ASM.”
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 670 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after playing in the ECHL, including eight 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.