STOCKTON, Calif. – The ECHL will bring the Inaugural Hockey Heritage Weekend to Alaska on February 7 and 8, 2014. This is a unique event for the ECHL will symbolize the legacy, honor and prestige of hockey. As part of the event, the ECHL will hold the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and the Stanley Cup and Kelly Cup will be available for special viewing and photo opportunities for local fans.
The game on Friday, February 7, 2014 is scheduled to be televised to over 69 million households nationwide. The game will be available live on ONE World Sports, GCI in Alaska and Antenna TV (KTXL.2 – FOX40’s Digital Channel) in Sacramento, Calif. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. AKT with face-off scheduled for 7:15 p.m. It will be rebroadcast on Comcast Sportsnet California (Saturday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. PT) and on NHL Network in the United States (Sunday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. ET).
The Alaska Aces and Stockton Thunder will go head-to-head in two games at the Sullivan Arena, only this time each team will wear a specially designed sweater that pays homage to their affiliations and local heritage.
The Alaska Aces, in their first year of affiliation with the Calgary Flames, will wear red jerseys with white and yellow trim, symbolic of the jerseys worn by the Flames during their Stanley Cup championship season in 1988-89 and Cup Final appearance in 1986. The Aces’ bear mascot will adorn the front crest with the familiar “flames” from Calgary’s “C” logo featured in the logo’s neck area. The jersey also features the logos of the Flames (right shoulder) and Abbotsford Heat (left shoulder), the American Hockey League affiliate of the Aces and Flames.
The Stockton Thunder will change their name to the Rough & Ready Islanders, which is in honor of Stockton’s rich history and pays tribute to their NHL affiliate, the New York Islanders. Players will wear the Islanders’ familiar white jerseys, from their four consecutive Stanley Cups between 1980 and 1983, with a navy and orange stripe and modified “Rough & Ready Island” logo.
The name references the Rough & Ready Island, which is minutes away from Downtown Stockton. Rough & Ready Island once served as multi-purposed U.S. Naval base that operated as a supply center, ordnance depot, as an emergency ship repair facility, and as a communications station during World War II and the Cold War.
Both jerseys will also feature the 2014 Hockey Heritage Weekend logo on the right front corner. The special sweaters worn by both teams will be auctioned or sold after the game through various promotions. Stockton will keep their sweaters for one more appearance before their own fans on March 22, 2014, at the Stockton Arena, where they will face the Aces again.
One final note, the series of games in Alaska will be part of a seven game in eleven day road trip for the Thunder, that began Tuesday, February 4 in Bakersfield (resulted in a 4-1 loss), followed by a Wednesday, February 5 game in Ontario, California (resulted in a 6-3 win). The Thunder are on their way to Alaska for the Heritage games, as part of five consecutive games on February 7, 8, 9, 11 and 13.