Over 200 attendees from 26 ECHL teams, including several owners, presidents and general managers, as well as representatives from teams in the American Hockey League, Southern Professional Hockey League, United States Hockey League and National Women’s Hockey League, participated in the 2019 ECHL Hockey Summer Meetings presented by Fevo at the New York-New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 19-21, 2019.
ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin kicked off the event with the annual “State of the ECHL” address and continued with a presentation on how the game has changed. Keynote speaker Mark Beal, Professor of Public Relations at Rutgers University, shared insights on how to win over the next generation of ECHL fans. Kathy Burrows, Owner/CEO of Sold Out Seating, led a presentation on retention of customers.
A number of breakout sessions were led by other industry professionals including:
Jennifer Nevins – St. Louis Blues
Lindsay Beale and Tim Salier – San Antonio Spurs/Rampage
Murray Cohn – MC Sports Sales
Blake Lawrence – opendorse
Rebecca King – Nashville Predators
Steve Delay – The Ultimate Toolkit
Andrew Ward and Ben Fairclough – iX.co
April Whitzman – Rover
Joey Dennewitz – Spire Sports, Inc.
Jeff Neidlinger – Ontario Reign
The Meetings also featured ECHL Team attendees serving as moderators for the breakout sessions.
For the 15th year in a row, AMI Graphics, the “Exclusive Signage Company of the ECHL,” awarded a complete set of dasher board and under-ice graphics to an attending team, which was won by the Brampton Beast for the 2019-20 season.
The ECHL Awards Show, presented by Prolific1, recognized individual and team achievements from the 2018-19 season:
Sales Professional of the Year – Zach Cunningham, Orlando Solar Bears
Sales Rookie of the Year – Trenton Blair, Jacksonville Icemen
PR/Broadcaster of the Year – John Peterson, Tulsa Oilers
Digital Content Team of the Year – Toledo Walleye
Theme Night of the Year – Maine Mariners
Creative Ticket Package of the Year – Atlanta Gladiators
Community Service Team of the Year – Worcester Railers
Group Sales Department of the Year – Jacksonville Icemen
Ticket Department of the Year – Norfolk Admirals
Overall Award of Excellence – South Carolina Stingrays
Timeout Pros sponsored lunch during the event for attendees and entertained the crowd with interaction from their Fur Circus cast.
The annual Welcome Reception and Vendors’ Showcase presented by i6, which highlighted over 25 companies, provided an opportunity for teams to view products from League vendors and licensees.
The week also included the 8th annual ECHL Career Fair, presented by TeamWork Online. Over 60 candidates from across the country – along with 14 ECHL teams, the National Hockey League’s Vegas Golden Knights, the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors and AEG, attended the fair with multiple candidates receiving job offers on site. Golden Knights’ President Kerry Bubolz delivered the keynote address of the event.
About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 26 teams in 19 states and two Canadian provinces for its 32nd season in 2019-20. There have been 662 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 20 who made their NHL debuts in the 2018-19 season. The ECHL had affiliations with 25 of the 31 NHL teams in 2018-19, marking the 22nd consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available at ECHL.com as well as on Twitter and Facebook.
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