PRINCETON, N.J. - The ECHL announced on Friday that the Ontario Reign have been selected to host the 2010 ECHL All-Star Game.
The Reign are averaging more than 5,000 fans per game in their first season, including two crowds of more than 8,500 at Citizens Business Bank Arena, which opened its doors in October.
"The ECHL is proud to bring our annual showcase event to the City of Ontario," said Commissioner Brian McKenna. "The state-of-the-art arena, nearby airport and convenient hotel, shopping and entertainment options make Ontario an ideal choice to host our players, team officials, sponsors, partners and fans from across the continent."
"We are very excited and honored about being chosen as the host for the 2010 ECHL All-Star Game", said Justin Kemp, Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Ontario Reign. "It not only provides our fans the opportunity to see the best prospects the ECHL has to offer, but allows us to showcase our arena and community by providing a first class experience to the league, its members, and their fans."
The annual midseason showcase is attended by representative from the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League and it has produced more than 50 players who have gone on to play in the NHL including 33 since 2002 when the format was changed to feature younger prospects.
The past seven ECHL All-Star Games have generated more than $1 million each for the local economy as guests, players, coaches and fans occupy hundreds of hotel rooms and spend three days in the host city.
The All-Star festivities will also include the official induction ceremony for the third class of the ECHL Hall of Fame.
The game has been available live on the NHL Network the last seven years as well as being broadcast on multiple regional networks. The audio broadcast has been carried on XM Satellite Radio as well as being available in all ECHL markets.
The Stanley Cup and the Patrick J. Kelly Cup will both be on display throughout the event, marking the 10th time in the last 11 years that the NHL championship trophy and the ECHL championship trophy have been displayed together at the All-Star Game.