PRINCETON, N.J. – The Trenton Titans and their fans celebrating the 2005 Kelly Cup Championship is one of 10 games scheduled around the ECHL for Saturday.
The Titans will immortalize their Kelly Cup Championship when they raise a banner to the rafters at the Sovereign Bank Arena and present rings in a ceremony before their game against division rival Wheeling.
The Stockton Thunder will take the ice for the first time in history on Saturday when they visit the Fresno Falcons at Save Mart Center, which will host the 2006 ECHL All-Star Game presented by Bud Light on January 25. The Phoenix RoadRunners host the Utah Grizzlies with ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna attending the first ECHL game at America West Arena, the home of the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association in downtown Phoenix which has recently had a $70 million renovation.
Victoria continues its season-opening road trip visiting Bakersfield and Palmetto state rivals get reacquainted when the Columbia Inferno visit the South Carolina Stingrays, who will open their 13th season at the North Charleston Coliseum.
The Johnstown Chiefs open their 18th consecutive season in the ECHL on Saturday when they host the Reading Royals at Cambria County War Memorial where the legendary hockey movie “Slap Shot” was filmed in 1977. The Greenville Grrrowl and veteran ECHL coach John Marks will open their eighth season at the BI-LO Center when they host the Charlotte Checkers. The remainder of the schedule on Saturday has San Diego at Alaska and Long Beach at Idaho while Gwinnett travels to Pensacola.
B2 Networks is the “Official Broadband Broadcast Provider” for the ECHL and all 23 games on opening weekend can be viewed online. Broadcasts are accessible on ECHL.com and on the home pages of the teams providing their fans the opportunity to watch live telecasts in 2005-06.