Visit Wichita, the Wichita Thunder and the ECHL, Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League, announced the selection of Wichita as the host city for the 2020 ECHL All-Star Classic.
The game will take place on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at Intrust Bank Arena, and will also include the official induction ceremony of the 13th class of the ECHL Hall of Fame. The Thunder will also host the ECHL All-Star Game Fanfest on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Ticket information and availability, along with sponsorship opportunities, will be announced at a later date.
“We are very excited to bring the ECHL’s signature event to Wichita and the Thunder fans,” said ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin. “This showcase is more than just an opportunity to highlight our Players, but also recognize the history of hockey and our League, and celebrate the Thunder’s impact on the community of Wichita.”
The annual Midseason showcase is attended by representatives from the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League and since its inception, has produced 67 players who have gone on to play in the NHL, including 51 since 2002 when the format was changed to feature younger prospects.
The 2020 ECHL All-Star Classic will be the first time for Wichita to host this annual all-star game, which traditionally generates over $1 million in economic impact as guests, players, coaches and fans occupy hotel rooms and spend three days in the host city.