All-Stars, TV Stars, Local Stars, and Cereal Bowls – the All-Star Classic is here!
Bakersfield, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors, ECHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild, welcome the league’s All-Stars to Rabobank Arena for the ECHL All-Star Classic, Skills Competition, Hall of Fame Luncheon, and Fan Fest tonight and tomorrow.
The Fan Fest takes place tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center from 6 -9 p.m., presented by Bank of the Sierra. The Fan Fest features food from some of Bakersfield’s best restaurants including Akira Japanese Restaurant, Caesar’s Italian Delicatessen, Cold Stone Creamery, Goose Loonies Tavern & Grill, Jacalito Grill, Red Robin and Wool Growers. Players from the All-Star team and the Bakersfield Condors will be there, and fans can hang out with the players. The Stanley Cup and Kelly Cup will also be on display, and fans can take pictures with both trophies. Advanced tickets, which included an All-Star hat, food vouchers and other prizes, are sold out. However, Condors fans can still attend the event and enjoy the festivities free of charge.
The events resume on Wednesday, with the Hall of Fame Lunch, presented by the Bakersfield Convention and Visitors Bureau and BFL Canada. Dave Poulin, who is a former NHL All-Star and current Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Toronto Maple Leafs, will be the Keynote Speaker for the event. The 2011 ECHL Hall of Fame induction class will also be honored during the lunch. Tickets are still available, visit www.echlallstarclassic.com for more information, or download the order form here.
The ECHL All-Star Classic is scheduled to start at 7:00 pm., doors will be open at 5:30 p.m. The first 2,000 kids age 12 and under wil l receive All-Star Cereal Bowls. All fans in attendance will also get Condors All-Star Posters, and everyone also receives a free All-Star Game Program.
The Skills Competition is presented by CCM and Mercy and Memorial Hospitals. Players will take the ice at 6:05 p.m, and the Skills Competition will begin at 6:15 p.m. During pregame, the players will take part in the Fastest Skater, Accuracy Shooting, and King of the Shootout. The Hardest Shot competition will be held during the first intermission.
Prior to the start of the game, players from the Bakersfield Dragons Youth Hockey Organization will take the ice with the Condors and the All-Stars for the starting lineups introduction. Also, various youths of Kern County including members of local sports teams will take the ice for player introductions.
Kevin Connolly, who is best known for his role as “E” in the HBO Series “Entourage, will be in attendance at the game.Connolly and World Series Pitcher Colby Lewis will shoot goals during the second intermission. Fans may enter their name in a raffle at the game to win a meet and get a photo taken with Connolly which will take place during the second intermission. Raffle tickets will also be sold to win several entourage items including a set visit, autographed poster, and an All-Star Jersey signed by Connolly and Colby. All money raised from the shootout and raffle will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Stanley Cup and Kelly Cup will be on display at the Condors Photo Booth during the game. Fans can get their pictures taken with the sports world’s most iconic trophy!
The Condors will hit the road following the All-Star Classic as they head to Alaska to take on the Aces for a three-in-three series. Friday and Saturday’s games begin at 8:15, on Sunday the puck drops at 6:05.
The ECHL All-Star Classic is going to be televised nationwide, and will be available in over 110 million homes. Here it Bakersfield, it will be carried on Bright House Networks Cable Channel 21, and will also be available On Demand, Channel 300, beginning the following day. Bakersfield’s own Kevin Bartl will be on the call. For more information about the TV Broadcast, including all the channels that will be carrying the game, click here. You can also listen to the broadcast on Fox Sports Radio 970 AM and www.foxsports970am.com, or on your smartphone using the iheartradio app. The game will also be carried live on America One..
All three games this week can be heard live on Fox Sports 970 AM, online at www.foxsports970am.com, or you can listen on your smartphone by downloading the iheartradio app. Friday’s game will be joined in progress on Fox Sports 970 AM following the Lakers game, which begins at 7:30 p.m. All the games are also streamed live online through America One.
All-Star tickets are on sale now at the box office, great seats are still available. Individual tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Rabobank Arena Box Office. Box Office hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, with extended hours on game and event days. You can also call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit them online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket packages start at just $31! Call the Condors office at 324-PUCK(7825) or go online to www.bakersfieldcondors.com for more information.