PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced on Saturday that the 2006 ECHL All-Star Game presented by Bud Light will be broadcast by XM Satellite Radio, the nation’s leading satellite radio service with more than six million subscribers.
The ECHL All-Star Game will be broadcast on HOME ICE XM 204 at 10 p.m. ET in the United States on XM Radio and in Canada through XM’s partner, Canadian Satellite Radio, on Channel 204.
“We are delighted that the ECHL All-Star Game, our showcase event, is being made available live on XM Radio, the nation’s largest satellite radio service,” said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. “With players representing all 25 teams in the ECHL participating in the game it will give fans across North America an opportunity to follow their favorite player on XM Radio.”
“With the ECHL All-Star Game, XM Satellite Radio and our dedicated hockey channel, HOME ICE XM 204, are making a further commitment to hockey fans across North America. All roads lead to the NHL,” said Joe Thistel, Program Director, Sports & News, XM CANADA.
Produced by NHL Radio, the ECHL All-Star Game audio broadcast features Brian Clark of the Fresno Falcons, Matt Melzak of the Toledo Storm and Christopher Stango of the Greenville Grrrowl.
XM is in the first year of a 10-year and $100-million agreement to broadcast National Hockey League games and in 2007-08 becomes the exclusive satellite radio network of the NHL. In addition to live play-by-play coverage of more than 1,000 games from every team in the NHL, XM has the NHL channel which features original programming that focuses on all aspects of the NHL. XM will also broadcast the NHL All-Star Game, the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Fresno Falcons are the host for the 2006 ECHL All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 24 and the 2006 ECHL All-Star Game presented by Bud Light on Jan. 25. Both events will be at Save Mart Center and begin at 7 p.m. PT.
About XM Radio
XM is America’s number one satellite radio service with more than 6 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, D.C., New York, Toronto, Montreal and at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, XM’s lineup includes more than 160 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: 67 commercial-free music channels, plus premier sports, talk, comedy, children’s and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information. XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 140 different vehicle models for 2006. XM’s industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit XMRadio.com.
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 former ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL, including 33 in 2005-06, and each of the past five Stanley Cup champions have had a former ECHL player.