JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The Johnstown Chiefs and the ECHL announced that the Stanley Cup will be at the special “Opening Day” game for the 20th Anniversary Season of the ECHL on Oct. 18 when the Chiefs host the Wheeling Nailers at 7 p.m. at Cambria County War Memorial.
The team also announced that the local business donating the most tickets for the home opener as part of the “Tickets for Troops” campaign will have a photo session with the Stanley Cup at its place of business on Oct. 18.
Fans will be able to have their picture taken with the most famous trophy in sports which is making its fourth trip to Johnstown in the last three years, including by former Chiefs equipment manager Dana Heinze and former Johnstown athletic trainer Chris Stewart. Heinze was a member of the staff when Tampa Bay won in 2004 while Stewart was a member of the Carolina staff when they won in 2006.
The season opener will be a rematch of Game 7 from the first-ever ECHL Finals that were played in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Cambria County War Memorial. The two teams will wear special 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 Chiefs are the ECHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche and the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League and the Lake Erie Monsters and the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League.