PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced on Monday that PaySourceUSA (www.paysourceusa.net) has been named as the “Official PEO to the ECHL”.
The agreement has PaySourceUSA providing full-service human resources administration, payroll, unemployment administration, group health benefits and supplemental health benefits to ECHL players, coaches, trainers and equipment managers.
PaySourceUSA will receive league-wide exposure through ECHL media and promotional materials.
“PaySourceUSA provides a multitude of services that will enhance both day-to-day operations and efficiencies of our member teams,” said Glen Thornborough, Senior Vice President of Marketing/Business Development for the ECHL. “And our marketing partnership will afford PaySourceUSA the opportunity to grow in our non-traditional markets, and provide vast exposure and penetration at the ECHL All-Star Game and other special events throughout the season. We look forward to a long-standing relationship.”
“We’re excited about our partnership with the ECHL,” said Carey Painter, President/CEO of PaySourceUSA. “The services we’re providing to the ECHL will set the standard for enhancing the operational efficiencies of all the teams in the league.”
ECHLThe league officially changed its name to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in three states and has grown to be a coast-to-coast league that will have 25 teams playing in 17 states and British Columbia in 2007-08, including the Mississippi (Biloxi) Sea Wolves, who return after missing two seasons in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Opening Day for the 20th Anniversary Season will be Oct. 18 when the Johnstown Chiefs host the Wheeling Nailers at Cambria County War Memorial. The game is a rematch of Game 7 from the first-ever ECHL Finals played in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Cambria County War Memorial. The two teams will wear throwback jerseys for the Opening Day game that begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast worldwide on B2 Networks, the “Official Broadband Broadcast Provider” of the ECHL. The remaining teams will open their seasons the weekend of Oct. 19-21.
The Stockton Thunder and the City of Stockton will host the 16th Annual ECHL All-Star Game at Stockton Arena on Jan. 23, 2008 and the 11th Annual ECHL All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 22, 2008.
There have been 329 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. There have been 184 former ECHL players who have played their first game in the NHL in the past five seasons and 107 former ECHL players have skated in the NHL this season. More than 100 players under contract to NHL teams have played in the ECHL this season. The ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League in 2007-08, marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
The ECHL is represented for the seventh consecutive year on the National Hockey League championship team in 2007 with Anaheim assistant coach Dave Farrish, players Francois Beauchemin and George Parros and broadcasters John Ahlers and Steve Carroll.
The ECHL has affiliations with 24 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey League in 2006-07 and for the past 17 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup champion.
In each of the last two seasons there have been more than 225 players who have played in both the ECHL and the AHL and there were over 800 call-ups involving more than 500 players.
In the last five seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 2,000 call-ups involving more than 1,000 players since 2002-03.
Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.
About PaySourceUSAFlexibility, Reliability, Dependability and a focus on Customer Service made PaySourceUSA (www.paysourceusa.net) one the fastest growing businesses in the U.S. in 2004 and 2005, according to INC Magazine. With more than 28,000 employees and 350 clients worldwide, PaySourceUSA is a leader in the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) industry. PaySourceUSA is ISO-9000 certified, and is licensed to do business in all 50 U.S. states and five countries.