Toledo hosting ECHL All-Star Game for first time this weekend

Toledo hosting ECHL All-Star Game for first time this weekend
The Holy Toledo Tavern has jerseys on display representing Toledo teams over the last seventy years

TOLEDO (WTOL) - It’s finally here.

The 2019 ECHL All-Star Weekend is in Toledo and the Huntington Center for the first time.

The weekend has been in the planning stages for three years.

“This is a big deal. This is the first time [Toledo’s] hosted the ECHL All-Star Game. We want to make the best impression we can,” said game director Mike Keedy.

There are lots of events planned for hockey fans.

Weekend activities included a fanfest at Hensville Park on Saturday and Sunday as well as a youth hockey tournament on Saturday and Sunday and Monday, Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, a visit from the Stanley Cup and a regular season Walleye game on Sunday night.

“What they’re doing this weekend. That’s the biggest thing in hockey,” said Kevin Schwartz.

The All-Star game itself happens Monday and will feature four team’s made up of East Division All-Stars, West Division All-Stars and two teams made up of Walleye players.

The teams will take part in a round robin style tournament.

“It’s going to be pretty cool experience. Have our own go up against the league team,” said David Pauwles.

One stop to make is the Holy Toledo Tavern where jerseys are on display featuring Toledo teams over the last 70 years.

There’s also game worn jerseys that were auctioned off for charities.

And how about every bobble-head from the ten year history of the Huntington Center.

Kevin’s wife Stephanie has fond memories of Toledo’s hockey past but is just as excited for its future.

“I liked the Sports Arena but the Huntington Center is neat too because its modern,” said Stephanie.

The all-stars take the ice on Monday night and the game will be aired on the NHL network.

As of Monday afternoon, there were less than 200 tickets remained for the game.

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