NEW YORK (Oct. 25, 2005) –The National Hockey League will join with the ECHL and tour the Stanley Cup to 21 ECHL teams between Oct. 26 and Dec. 17 to help raise money for hurricane relief efforts.
The tour will begin with a visit to the Johnstown Chiefs, the affiliate team of last season's Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning. The final tour stop is a visit to the Greenville Grrrowl in South Carolina on Dec. 17. A complete list of tour stops follows.
All proceeds will benefit charities assisting in hurricane relief efforts including, but not limited to, the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and United Way. This tour is another addition to the National Hockey League's charitable efforts, which have included a joint donation with the NHL Players' Association of $1 million to the Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina relief.
Hockey's most famous trophy will be the center of various activities throughout the tour: visits to schools, media appearances and private showings. The "Keeper of the Cup" from the Hockey Hall of Fame also will be available to answer questions and talk about the history of hockey. Fans will have the opportunity to have their photograph taken with the Stanley Cup and make a monetary donation towards hurricane relief.
"I would like to thank Commissioner Gary Bettman and the National Hockey League, the NHL Players' Association and the Hockey Hall of Fame for their role in raising the level of awareness and assistance for people in both Mississippi and Southeast Texas, two ECHL markets hard hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. We encourage fans in all participating cities to come see professional sport's most famous trophy and help in fundraising at the same time," said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna.
Fans can follow the ECHL Stanley Cup Tour by logging on to www.NHL.com