PRINCETON, N.J. – The 2006 ECHL All-Star Game presented by Bud Light will be rebroadcast by OLN, the cable home of the National Hockey League, at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday. The ECHL All-Star Game, which was first broadcast by OLN on Thursday, was played at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. on Jan. 25.
The television play-by-play was done by Darren Abbott of the South Carolina Stingrays while OLN analyst Neil Smith provided color commentary for the fifth straight game and Jack Michaels of the Alaska Aces handled ice-level interviews.
The game was televised live for the fifth year in a row and available in more than 80 million homes on The NHL Network, NHL Center Ice and America One as well as being available in Reading (WTVE), Dayton (Time Warner Cable), San Diego (Cox Communications) and Trenton (WZBN). The game was rebroadcast by Comcast SportsNet West and Comcast Sports Southeast.
For the fourth year in a row, the television broadcast was shown live online by Yahoo! and remains available on-demand.
OLN is the leader in competitive and adrenaline-charged content. Now in 63.4 million homes, OLN is the cable home of the National Hockey League and best-in-class events like The Tour de France, The America’s Cup, Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the Boston Marathon and USSA Skiing. The network offers unique programming in four primary areas: Action Sports, Field Sports, Bulls & Rodeo and Awe-Inspiring Series, and is the exclusive home of Survivor in syndication. OLN, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.
The Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League, the ECHL began in 1988 with five teams in three states and is playing with 25 teams in 14 states and one Canadian province in 2005-06. The ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the NHL and there are more than 100 players in the ECHL under contract to NHL teams. There have been 289 ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL, including 33 in 2005-06, and each of the past five Stanley Cup winners have had a former ECHL player.