ECHL Update November 8

Inside Look at ECHL Action

The Park Inn by Radisson-Toledo will serve as the official host hotel for the 2019 CCM/ECHL All-Star Weekend, presented by ProMedica, the ECHL announced Thursday in conjunction with the Toledo Walleye.

Serving as the ECHL Headquarters during the festivities, the Park Inn will host the ECHL All-Stars as well as team representatives, League VIPs and fans.  Conveniently located in downtown Toledo, the Park Inn is adjacent to the Huntington Center, where the CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic will be played on Monday, January 21, 2019, and one block south of the historic Warehouse District, Fifth Third Field and Hensville Park, which will host other All-Star Weekend events.

The Park Inn is offering a special CCM/ECHL All-Star Weekend room rate for ECHL fans of $115 per night which can be redeemed by clicking here, or by calling the Park Inn at 800-670-7275 and referencing code 1901ECHLFA for individuals and 1901ALLSTR for groups.

ECHL All-Star Weekend takes place in downtown Toledo from Friday, January 18 through Monday, January 21, 2019.

Anchored by the CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic, there will be multiple activities that showcase the Toledo community including the All-Star Fanfest in Hensville Park and All-Star Winter Brewfest at Fifth Third Field. The Hall of Fame Luncheon will take place at the Seagate Centre on Sunday January 20, 2019. The ECHL Hall of Fame is presented by BFL Canada and Sutton Special Risk and the Toledo Hockey Hall of Fame is presented by Cooper Tire. The Luncheon will be followed by the regular season matchup between the Walleye and the Fort Wayne Komets at the Huntington Center. The highlight event, the CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic, takes place on Monday, January 21 at 7p.m.

CCM/ECHL All-Star packages and individual tickets can be purchased by calling 419-725-9255 or by visiting www.toledowalleye.com/allstar.

The Atlanta Gladiators have announced that Ethan McClean is flying to America to see the Gladiators play on Hockey Fights Cancer Weekend November 16th, 17th and 18th.  

Ethan McClean is a 10-year-old boy who lives in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, who has been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a painful and terminal disease. Ethan is a passionate Belfast Giants (EiHL) and hockey fan, as well as a Captain America enthusiast. For this reason, the Gladiators sent him one of their Captain America-themed Marvel Super Hero jerseys from last year during the season along with a message that he will be an honorary member of the team and is welcome to visit whenever he would like. Ethan took the team’s offer to heart and the organization ‘Dreams Come True’ based out of the United Kingdom has granted Ethan’s wish to come to America and see his beloved Gladiators play three games on November 16th, 17th and 18th at Infinite Energy Arena. He will also get into town early in the week and have the opportunity to see Atlanta and the United States. 

“When we first set out to help this little boy, we never would have imagined he would embrace it so much, and we would have established the bond we have now,” said Director of Communications and Broadcasting Chris Treft. “We could not be more touched for him to have chosen us as his wish over anything else in the world. This is what sports are all about and to be a big part of his inspirational journey is beyond wonderful to be a part of.”

The Gladiators will host Ethan with a wide variety of experiences to make his trip as memorable as can be. Ethan will attend practices, meet the players and coaching staff, drop the ceremonial first puck at a game, be on the bench for pre-game warmups, join the radio broadcast on air, and much more. The team has also organized a special surprise for Ethan that involves a trip Nashville, TN and a once-in-a-lifetime experience courtesy of the NHL’s Nashville Predators.

 On Saturday, Nov. 10, USA Hockey and 450 local associations across the country will host Try Hockey For Free Day! Participating locations encourage kids, ages 4 to 9, to come try youth hockey as part of Come Play Hockey Month. All locations will have limited equipment available for use.

To find a participating rink near you, please visit www.tryhockeyforfree.com.

For any questions, please contact USA Hockey at (719) 538­-1124 or email comeplayyouthhockey@usahockey.org.

The Atlanta Gladiators announced on Thursday that the Boston Bruins have recalled forward Joona Koppanen from his loan to the Providence Bruins, and the team has signed forward Justin Greenberg to a standard professional contract.

Koppanen, 20, has appeared in seven games for the Gladiators and notched one assist this season. The native of Finland returns to the AHL where he registered two goals in 10 games for the P-Bruins at the end of last year. The 6-foot-5, 192-pound forward has spent his whole career prior to coming over to North America last season in various levels of professional and junior hockey in Finland.

Greenberg, 24, returns to Atlanta after attending training camp with the team.  The Dallas, TX native leads the SPHL in scoring so far this season with 10 points (5g, 5a) in five games for the Peoria Rivermen.  The 5-foot-8, 172-pound forward totaled 36 points (12g, 24a) in 35 games last season with Peoria. Prior to turning pro at the start of the 2017-18 season, the second-year pro amassed 29 points (6g, 23a) in 127 games at the University of Miami (Ohio). Greenberg helped the NAHL’s Texas Tornado to the Robertson Cup Championship in 2011-12.  He is expected to make his ECHL debut tomorrow in Norfolk, VA and will wear #22 for the Glads.

The 16th season of Atlanta Gladiators hockey continues at the Infinite Energy Arena Friday, November 16th against the Norfolk Admirals at 7:35 PM. For ticket information, visit the official team website at www.atlantagladiators.com or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier “AA” hockey league. All home games are played at the 9,119-seat Infinite Energy Arena, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth – where parking is always free. The Gladiators have established an unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment and are consistently ranked as one of the top “Things To Do” in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

For all the latest team news, contests, and more visit AtlantaGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AtlantaGladiators), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ATLGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/atlgladiators) or Snapchat (www.snapchat.com) at “gladshockey”.

The Jacksonville Icemen, proud affiliate of the NHL Winnipeg Jets and AHL Manitoba Moose, today announced the assignment of defenseman Jacob Cederholm from Manitoba.

Cederholm, 20, was selected in the fourth round, 97th overall, by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot-4, 187-pound blue-liner made his AHL debut with the Moose last season after playing 29 professional games in Europe. The Helsingborg, Sweden native also posted a pair of assists in six playoff games as he captured the Swedish SuperElit league championship with HV71 J20 in 2017-2018.

Cederholm joins the Icemen as they welcome over 8,000 students for their annual School Day Hockey Game tomorrow at Veterans Memorial Arena with a special 10:30 a.m. puck drop against the South Carolina Stingrays.

The Jacksonville Icemen put on a lesson in hockey for over 8,000 local students when they beat the South Carolina Stingrays 4-1 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. After a defensive battle the first two periods, Jacksonville’s offense began to click in the third when they broke the 1-1 tie and put the game away with 3 unanswered goals.

Rookie defenseman Sean Day was assigned by the New York Rangers from the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack to the Maine Mariners on Monday. The 20-year-old blue-liner was only the fourth player ever to be granted “Exceptional Status” by Hockey Canada joining the exclusive company of current NHL stars Connor McDavid, John Tavares and Aaron Ekblad.

Day was born in Leuven, Belgium, but grew up in Rochester, Michigan. He’s an American-Canadian dual citizen, and after three seasons in U.S. AAA hockey (Little Caesar’s, Honeybaked, Compuware), gained Exceptional Status, making him eligible for the OHL Priority Selection at just 15 years old. He was chosen by the Mississauga Steelheads prior to the 2014-15 season. The Rangers drafted him in the summer of 2016: round 3, 81st overall. In the midst of his fourth season with Mississauga (2016-17), Day was traded to the Windsor Spitfires. In that same season, the Rangers signed him to a three year entry deal. After winning a Memorial Cup with Windsor, Day was traded again the following season to the Kingston Frontenacs.

The Maine Mariners announced on Wednesday that the Stanley Cup®, will be at the Cross Insurance Arena on Friday, March 8th for the game against the South Carolina Stingrays at 7:15 PM.

The Stanley Cup will be displayed in the C.N. Brown landing, located in the concourse above the Cross Insurance Entrance of the arena at the corner of Spring and Center Streets. Fans who wish to see or take photos with the Stanley Cup must purchase a ticket to the March 8th game. A Mariners promo team member will be on hand to assist with photos, but fans must bring their own camera or smartphone. No expanded lenses are permitted. One photo per fan will be allowed. Sponsors and those with full or half season ticket memberships will be permitted early access, beginning at 4:30 PM. General admission access will begin at 6:00 PM.

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