KALAMAZOO, MI— The Stanley Cup® will be at Wings Event Center on Friday, March 9, 2018, as the Kalamazoo Wings take on the Ft. Wayne Komets, the team announced Wednesday.
The trophy, awarded to the champion of the National Hockey League, and often revered as the most prestigious in sports, will be available for viewing and photos for those in attendance at the game.
“We’re honored to be able to host the Stanley Cup® and Kelly Cup in Kalamazoo again,” K-Wings director of business operations Toni Daniels said. “We saw fans from near and far come to visit our community two years ago when the trophies came and we can’t wait to create more memorable experiences for all involved.”
The Kelly Cup, awarded to champions of the ECHL, will also be at the game, accompanied by Pat Kelly, who helped begin the league in 1988 and was its first commissioner. Kelly held the position of commissioner for eight years and, in 1995-96, he was named commissioner emeritus of the ECHL.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. to the general public, and the trophies will be available for viewing and photo opportunities until the end of the game. Fans can also enjoy $2 beers/pop and $2 hot dogs at the concession stands for the entire evening.
For 17 seasons, the ECHL has been represented on the Stanley Cup® champions, including eleven former players, staff, and executives on last year’s Pittsburgh Penguins.
About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 27 teams in 21 states and one Canadian province for its 30th season in 2017-18. There have been 639 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 16 who have made their NHL debuts in the 2017-18 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 31 NHL teams in 2017-18, marking the 21st consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Twitter and Facebook.
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Wings Event Center, owned and operated by Greenleaf Hospitality Group, is home to the Kalamazoo Wings professional hockey team and a full entertainment venue offering concerts, sporting events, family shows and trade shows. Built in 1974, Wings Event Center values partnerships with the community to bring events and attractions that enrich the lives of residents in the Kalamazoo area.