Jacksonville Icemen announce 2022 ECHL All-Star Classic schedule
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – The Jacksonville Icemen and the City of Jacksonville announced the 2022 ECHL All-Star Game schedule on Wednesday.
The competition, which will include the Icemen taking on the ECHL All-Stars from across the league, was scheduled to take place in Jacksonville earlier this year. However, the league and team set him back a year due to the pandemic.
All-Star Weekend will feature a fan festival to be held at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on January 16. It will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The next day, ECHL will host a Hall of Fame Banquet at the DoubleTree Jacksonville Riverfront. Icemen president Bob Ohrablo has said the league will vote on the class in the coming weeks. He will then announce who will be inducted in the first week of the New Year.
The 2022 Warrior / ECHL All-Star Classic will then drop the puck at 7:30 p.m. from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. The Icemen are working to sell the game. Ohrablo tells News4JAX that the team will sell the bottom bowl for the game, which seats 8,400 people. He added that the team has had four sold-out sales this season, including its annual teddy bear throw. Heading into Wednesday night’s games, Jacksonville is third in the league with 27 teams in attendance average. The team has averaged over 5,700 fans over 10 home games.
Mayor Lenny Curry said the team built a Jacksonville staple. He added that this was not just the team’s product on the ice, but also the strategic plan to build awareness of the name and brand. He said this event shows Jacksonville is on the map within the hockey community.
The 2022 All-Star Game will be broadcast nationally on the NHL Network and on FLO Sports.
Curry also announced a corporate ticket package the team is offering with a portion of the proceeds going to the Kids Hope Alliance program. It is a non-profit organization that invests each year in programs for children and youth in Duval County. Volunteers ensure that children reach their academic, professional and civic potential.
The city of Jacksonville is expected to fill more than 250 hotels over the two-day festivities.
Ohrablo added that there will be more announcements in the coming weeks regarding Fan Fest and game details.
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