PRINCETON, N.J. – The Second-Annual Kelly Cup Tour heads into Mississippi and Florida on Friday and Saturday for both nights of the South Division battle between the Sea Wolves and the Everblades. The Kelly Cup, which has been awarded to the ECHL postseason champion each season since 1997, will be at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on Friday and at Germain Arena on Saturday.
Mississippi is the fourth destination of a tour that will see the Kelly Cup travel 7,112 miles to visit 12 league cities in 51 days. Accompanying the Kelly Cup is a full-color display that highlights the intensity and the excitement of the Kelly Cup Playoffs which begin April 12. Each of the 28 ECHL cities were given the opportunity to host the Kelly Cup which on its inaugural tour in 2004 traveled 7,543 miles in 44 days while visiting 10 ECHL cities in eight states.
The tour opened February 18 in Reading and already made stops in Charlotte and Toledo, where the Kelly Cup was displayed with the Stanley Cup as part of the Hockey Hall of Fame Weekend with the Storm. The Kelly Cup and Stanley Cup have been displayed together each of the past six years at the ECHL All-Star Game. The Kelly Cup Tour heads to South Carolina next week for a Columbia Inferno game on March 15, a Pee Dee Pride game on March 18 and a South Carolina Stingrays game on March 19.
2005 Kelly Cup Tour Schedule
Friday Biloxi, Miss.
Saturday Estero, Fla.
Tuesday Columbia, S.C.
March 18 Florence, S.C.
March 19 North Charleston, S.C.
March 25-26 Bakersfield, Calif.
March 27 Long Beach, Calif.
April 1-2 Boise, Idaho
April 8-9 Fresno, Calif.