PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced that the 2007 Rbk Hockey ECHL All-Star Game television broadcast will be available in more than 30 million homes, including being shown live at 9 p.m. ET on Jan. 17 by NHL Network and NHL Center Ice for the fifth-consecutive year and on America One for the third year in a row.
The game was offered free of charge to all ECHL teams and the league will continue discussions to secure additional broadcast outlets.
The telecast is also available online on B2 Networks, the “Official Broadband Broadcast Provider of the ECHL”. The game will be seen free of charge through the ECHL web site and will be available through on-demand for one year. The telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET and requires a cable modem or DSL line with a minimum connection speed of 300 Kbps and Windows Media Player 9 or higher.
The game will also be shown live in Dayton, Ohio on “
Dayton ’s News Source” WKEF-ABC 22/WRGT-FOX 45 and for the second straight year by Catch 47 - Tampa Bay Sports Television. It is scheduled to be shown in more than 10 million households on tape delay by Altitude Sports & Entertainment, the official television network of the Colorado Avalanche, Comcast Sports Southeast, Comcast SportsNet West, Cox Sports Television in Connecticut and Rhode Island and by Metro Sports in
Kansas City .
Live Broadcast at 9:00 p.m. ET
NHL Center Ice (United States)
NHL Network (Canada)
“Dayton’s News Source” WKEF-ABC 22/WRGT-FOX 45
Catch 47 - Tampa Bay Sports Television
B2 Networks, the “Official Broadband Broadcast Provider of the ECHL”
Delayed Broadcast Date and Time
Comcast Sports Southeast Jan. 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET
Metro Sports Kansas City Jan. 20 at 11:00 a.m. CT
Comcast SportsNet West Jan. 21 at 11:00 p.m. PT
Cox Sports Connecticut/Rhode Island Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Altitude Sports & Entertainment Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. MT
Altitude Sports & Entertainment Jan. 28 at 5:00 p.m. MT
The league officially changed its name to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
The Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League, the ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League in 2006-07. There have been 312 former ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, including a record 47 in 2005-06. There have been 167 players who have played in the NHL after the ECHL in the past five seasons.
The ECHL was represented for the sixth consecutive year on the National Hockey League championship team, including Carolina Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette, who is the first ECHL coach to win the Stanley Cup.
The ECHL has affiliations with 24 of the 27 teams in the American Hockey League in 2006-07 and for the past 17 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup champion. The ECHL has had more players called up to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined each of the past four seasons with 1,646 call ups involving almost 1,000 players.
The ECHL raised its average attendance for the third straight year in 2005-06 drawing 3,934,794 for 900 games which is an average of 4,372 per game, an increase of more than nine percent from 2004-05 and the largest per-game average since 1999-2000. Six teams surpassed 200,000 and nine teams averaged 5,000 per game for the first time since 1999-2000 as the league welcomed 39 sellout crowds and 13 of the 22 returning teams raised their average attendance from a year ago.
In 2005-06 the ECHL and its member teams contributed more than $2.3 million for charity and relief funds, including those benefiting victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, while also making thousands of appearances by players, coaches, team personnel and mascots at schools, hospitals, libraries and charity functions.
Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.