PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced on Wednesday that fans can now preorder game-worn ECHL jerseys from The MeiGray Group . The leading distributor of game-worn hockey jerseys and “The Official Game-Worn Jersey Source of the ECHL,” The MeiGray Group sold more than 900 ECHL jerseys in 2002-03.
Fans and collectors can reserve jerseys from their favorite player or team by visiting The MeiGray Group web site at www.meigray.com or telephone The MeiGray Group toll-free at (888) 463-4472 for more information.
“The achievement of the ECHL’s relationship with MeiGray continues to exceed our highest expectations,” said Glen Thornborough, ECHL Vice President of Marketing/Sales. “The relationship with MeiGray for the game-worn jersey auction at the ECHL All-Star Game the past two seasons has helped the ECHL raise more than $22,000 for the Twin Towers Fund in 2002 and over $16,000 for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in 2003. The ECHL anticipates continued success and looks forward to continuing MeiGray’s role in providing fans and collectors with some of the most creative jerseys in hockey.”
Each ECHL team will wear one set of home and road jerseys for the first half of the season and another set for the second half. The MeiGray Group, who first made game-worn jerseys from all ECHL teams available to hockey fans and sports collectors worldwide last season, will own the exclusive rights to the jerseys worn during the first half of the season while the teams will own the exclusive rights to jerseys worn for the second half as well as all specialty jerseys and jerseys worn during the 2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs.
The MeiGray Group will again return as sponsor of the Game-Worn Jersey Charity Auction at the 2004 Par-A-Dice/ECHL All-Star Game for the third consecutive year. The jerseys worn by the 21 members of the Eastern Conference and the 21 members of the Western Conference during the first period of play in the 12th Annual ECHL All-Star Game on January 21 will be simultaneously auctioned live during the game at the 9,919-seat Carver Arena at Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Ill. and online.
The MeiGray Group , which has sold more than 19,000 game-worn jerseys since its inception in 1997, is partners with the National Hockey League in the NHL-MGG Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program and also has working agreements with the National Football League’s New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles as well as Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers.