A record attendance of nearly 300 attendees from ECHL teams, including several owners, presidents and general managers, as well as representatives from the National Hockey League, American Hockey League, Southern Professional Hockey League, United States Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Premier Hockey Federation, participated in the 2023 ECHL Hockey Summer Meetings presented by FEVO at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from June 27-29.ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin kicked off the event with the annual “State of the ECHL” address and continued with a presentation titled “G.O.A.L.: The Time Is Now.” Keynote speakers were Steve McClatchy, President of Alleer Consulting, who spoke on personal leadership and Annie Merovich, Senior Manager of Game Presentation and Events of the American Hockey League’s Ontario Reign, in conjunction with Heather Wojciechowski-DeCaire, Senior Director of Entertainment of the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, who co-led a session entitled “If You Theme It, They Will Come.” A number of breakout sessions were led by other industry professionals including: Gabriele Bendistis – Philadelphia FlyersIan Bolender – PatchboardMatt Bowlsby/Lacey London/Neil Walker – FloSportsJasmine Buchanan – Oklahoma City DodgersMurray Cohn – MC Sports ConsultingMelissa Cooney – SponsorCXKyle Daugherty – Oklahoma City DodgersSteve DeLay – Ultimate ToolkitJames Elliot/Jane Obringer-Dunlap /Patrick Faith – StellarAlgoJonathan Forsberg – Bridgeport IslandersEmily Lutz/James Denger – Bellevue UniversityKris McCarthy – FanSavesJack Michaels – Edmonton OilersRico Phillips – Ontario Hockey LeagueZack Shulkin – MindshareNoah Skladan – Columbus Blue Jackets The Meetings also featured ECHL Team attendees serving as moderators for the breakout sessions.For the 18th 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 Orlando Solar Bears for the 2023-24 season. The ECHL Awards Show, presented by SponsorCX, recognized individual and team achievements from the 2022-23 season: Sales Rookie of the Year – TJ Scott, Kalamazoo WingsSales Professional of the Year – Miles Diede, Savannah Ghost PiratesBroadcaster of the Year – Mark Shelley, Greenville Swamp RabbitsJoe Babik Award - Media/PR Director of the Year – Cam McGuire, Idaho SteelheadsMost Creative Ticket Package of the Year – Cincinnati Cyclones (Fiona Family Four Pack)Most Creative Revenue Generation of the Year – Reading Royals (Winter Wonderland)Theme Night of the Year – Orlando Solar Bears (Tie Dye Night)Specialty Jersey of the Year – Rapid City Rush (Military Appreciation Jersey)Community Service Team of the Year – Florida EverbladesMarketing Department of the Year – Savannah Ghost PiratesInclusive Spirit Award – Kalamazoo WingsGroup Sales Department of the Year – Jacksonville Icemen (Aggregate Season Sales) and Norfolk Admirals (Year-over-Year Growth)Ticket Sales Department of the Year – Savannah Ghost Pirates (Aggregate Season Sales) and Maine Mariners (Year-over-Year Growth)Rising Star Award – Maine Mariners and Norfolk AdmiralsTeam Award of Excellence – Florida EverbladesThe annual Welcome Reception and Vendors’ Showcase, presented by Lippes Mathias Attorneys at Law, highlighted over 30 companies and provided an opportunity for teams to view products from League vendors and licensees. About the ECHL Formed in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 28 teams in 20 states and two Canadian provinces for its 35th season in 2022-23. There have been 740 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 13 who have made their NHL debut in the 2022-23 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 28 of the 32 NHL teams in 2022-23, marking the 26th consecutive season that the league has 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. About FEVO FEVO is helping the biggest brands in the world reimagine online shopping. Our Social Checkout™ makes it easy for fans to shop together on any ticketing website, restoring the vital human elements of in-person shopping without sacrificing the efficiency and convenience of e-commerce. Since launching in 2016, FEVO has become a dominant force in live events, helping 700+ blue-chip brands in sports, music and entertainment sell more than 15 million tickets to 4 million consumers. For more information, visit FEVO.com.
Nearly 300 Team Representatives attend ECHL Meetings presented by FEVO
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