McCain, Palin Receive Bombers Jerseys

DAYTON, Ohio – Senator John McCain and vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin were each presented with a Dayton Bombers jersey from team owner and governor Costa Papista during a Republican rally on Friday.

McCain made the announcement that he had selected the Alaska governor, who has attended Alaska Aces games and who describes herself as a “hockey mom,” as his running mate at the rally held in the Nutter Center which is the home of the Bombers.

Dayton captain Greg Labenski and teammates Dan Riedel and Joe Van Culin joined Papista on stage during the rally where McCain received the jersey with his name and the number “08”.

ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states and has grown to be a coast-to-coast league with 23 teams playing 828 games in 16 states and British Columbia in 2008-09.

The league officially changed its name to ECHL on May 19, 2003.

The ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the NHL, marking the 12th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.

There have been 355 former ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, including a record 47 in 2005-06 and 26 in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

The ECHL is represented for the eighth consecutive year on the National Hockey League championship team in 2008 by Aaron Downey of the Detroit Red Wings.

Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at