Niagara Falls, ON – The MeiGray Group, in association with the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association (PHPA), is auctioning a complete set of forty-one (41) autographed, game-worn Reebok jerseys from the 2011 ECHL All-Star Classic, thourgh Thursday, March 10, with all proceeds benefiting the PHPA/ECHL Health and Welfare Trust fund.
The jersey auction, which is being hosted online at through NHL Auctions will close on Thursday, March 10 at 9 p.m. ET. The complete set of ECHL All-Stars and Bakersfield Condors jerseys were game-worn during the second period of the 2011 ECHL All-Star Classic presented by CCM and brought to you by Mercy & Memorial Hospitals and include a certificate of authenticity. The opening bid for each jersey is $200.
"This jersey auction is a unique opportunity for fans and collectors to obtain a one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia, while creating a valuable benefit for ECHL players and their families," said PHPA Executive Director Larry Landon.
All proceeds from the jersey auction benefit the PHPA/ECHL Health and Welfare Trust fund, which is the entity responsible for providing insurance benefits to the players and their families.
Hosted by the Bakersfield Condors and the city of Bakersfield, California, the 2011 ECHL All-Star Classic was played in front of 7,397 fans at Rabobank Arena on Jan. 26, 2011, and was available live in more than 112 million homes. The ECHL All-Stars, led by Stockton Thunder forward Mark Arcobello who was named the game’s most valuable player with 3 goals, took the 9-3 victory over the Bakersfield Condors.
Showcasing some of the top prospects in the Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League, the ECHL All-Star game has produced 55 players who have gone on to play in the NHL, including 39 since 2002 when the format was changed to feature younger players.
Since its inception in 1967, the Professional Hockey Players’ Association (PHPA) has continued to serve as an advocate of player interests. Currently, the PHPA is the certified, U.S. National Labor Relations Board collective bargaining representative for over 1,600 players across 67 teams in the American Hockey League, ECHL, and Central Hockey League.