NEW YORK – The National Hockey League will join with the ECHL and tour the Stanley Cup to 20 ECHL teams between Oct. 26 and Dec. 17 to help raise money for hurricane relief efforts.
The tour will begin with a visit to the Johnstown Chiefs, the affiliate team of last seasonís Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning. The final tour stop is a visit to the Greenville Grrrowl in South Carolina on Dec. 17.
A complete list of tour stops follows.
All proceeds will benefit charities assisting in hurricane relief efforts including, but not limited to, the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and United Way. This tour is another addition to the National Hockey Leagueís charitable efforts, which have included a joint donation with the NHL Players’ Association of $1 million to the Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina relief.
Hockey’s most famous trophy will be the center of various activities throughout the tour: visits to schools, media appearances and private showings. The “Keeper of the Cup” from the Hockey Hall of Fame also will be available to answer questions and talk about the history of hockey. Fans will have the opportunity to have their photograph taken with the Stanley Cup and make a monetary donation towards hurricane relief.
“I would like to thank Commissioner Gary Bettman and the National Hockey League, the NHL Players’ Association and the Hockey Hall of Fame for their role in raising the level of awareness and assistance for people in both Mississippi and Southeast Texas, two ECHL markets hard hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. We encourage fans in all participating cities to come see professional sportís most famous trophy and help in fundraising at the same time,” said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna.
Fans can follow the ECHL Stanley Cup Tour by logging on to www.NHL.com.
2005 ECHL Stanley Cup Tour
NHL Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks
NHL Affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders
NHL Affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings
Pensacola Ice Pilots
NHL Affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs
West Valley City, Utah
Las Vegas Wranglers
NHL Affiliate of the Calgary Flames
Long Beach Ice Dogs
Long Beach, Calif.
NHL Affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens
Victoria Salmon Kings
Victoria, British Columbia
NHL Affiliate of the Dallas Stars
NHL Affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks
South Carolina Stingrays
North Charleston, S.C.
NHL Affiliate of the Washington Capitals
NHL Affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers
NHL Affiliate of the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators
NHL Affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers