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Wranglers Season Ticket Holder Michael Mathews Wins Trip To Rbk Hockey ECHL All-Star Game

PRINCETON, N.J. - The ECHL in association with Rbk Hockey announced that Las Vegas Wranglers season ticket holder Michael Mathews is the winner of the "Win A Trip To The All-Star Game" contest.

Mathews and his 17-year-old son Jeff will fly courtesy of Southwest Airlines to Boise, Idaho where they will stay at The Grove Hotel, the official hotel of the 2007 Rbk Hockey ECHL All-Star Game and Skills Competition as well as receiving complimentary admission to both the game and skills competition as well as all other events, including the VIP Reception and the All-Star Fan Fest Party.

"I was surprised and feel fortunate to have this opportunity. Christmas came early!" said Mathews, who is yard manager for Dielco Crane. "Thank you ECHL and Rbk Hockey."

A lifelong hockey fan, Mathews also cheers for the Los Angeles Kings having lived 10 years in Southern California before moving to Las Vegas. He played roller hockey and won a silver medal at the AAU Nationals in Houston in 1977. He and his wife Debbie are Wranglers season ticket holders as is their daughter LeeAnn Criddle and her husband Scott, who attend all the games with Mathews' 10-month grandson Brent.

Mathews said he has made many trips to Idaho, but has never had the opportunity to watch a game at Qwest Arena, home of the Idaho Steelheads and host of the All-Star Game. He and his family have watched ECHL games in Bakersfield, Fresno, Long Beach and San Diego.

"I love hockey," said Mathews, who used to watch the Las Vegas Thunder of the International Hockey League. "The Wranglers are the best sports team and the best value in Las Vegas and the Orleans Arena is the premier sports venue in town."

The league officially changed its name to ECHL on May 19, 2003.

The Premier 'AA' Hockey League, the ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League in 2006-07. There have been 310 former ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, including a record 47 in 2005-06. There have been 165 players who have played in the NHL after the ECHL in the past five seasons.

The ECHL was represented for the sixth consecutive year on the National Hockey League championship team, including Carolina Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette, who is the first ECHL coach to win the Stanley Cup.

The ECHL has affiliations with 24 of the 27 teams in the American Hockey League in 2006-07 and for the past 17 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup champion. The ECHL has had more players called up to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined each of the past four seasons with 1,646 call ups involving almost 1,000 players.

The ECHL raised its average attendance for the third straight year in 2005-06 drawing 3,934,794 for 900 games which is an average of 4,372 per game, an increase of more than nine percent from 2004-05 and the largest per-game average since 1999-2000. Six teams surpassed 200,000 and nine teams averaged 5,000 per game for the first time since 1999-2000 as the league welcomed 39 sellout crowds and 13 of the 22 returning teams raised their average attendance from a year ago.

In 2005-06 the ECHL and its member teams contributed more than $2.3 million for charity and relief funds, including those benefiting victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, while also making thousands of appearances by players, coaches, team personnel and mascots at schools, hospitals, libraries and charity functions.

Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at
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