PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – The Arizona Sundogs, in conjunction with the Central Hockey League, announced today that the Sundogs, Tim’s Toyota Center and the city of Prescott Valley, Arizona will play host to the 2012 CHL All-Star Game.
Central Hockey League Commissioner Duane Lewis presented team co-owner Brad Fain, team co-owner and Interim President Ed Lepordo and Head Coach and General Manager Marco Pietroniro with a CHL All-Star Game flag during an on-ice ceremony prior to the Sundogs’ game against the Mississippi RiverKings.
“On behalf of the entire League, we are excited to have the Arizona Sundogs host the 2012 CHL All-Star Game,” said Lewis. “The detailed presentation they made to the League Office outlined some exciting plans for the Game and the surrounding events. Next season will be the 6th season of Sundogs’ hockey in the Northern Arizona community, and we know ownership and the front office will do a great job as hosts to all of those involved in the Game.”
The All-Star Game logo, jerseys and date along with additional information regarding the mid-season showcase will be unveiled at a later date.
“We’re thrilled to be selected as the host of the 2012 Central Hockey League All-Star Game,” said Lepordo. “We’d like to thank Duane Lewis and the entire Central Hockey League staff for the privilege to host such a prominent event. We’re very much looking forward to the opportunity of showcasing the Arizona Sundogs, Tim’s Toyota Center and the Town of Prescott Valley to the rest of the Central Hockey League, its member teams and their fans. Past teams have done a tremendous job hosting the All-Star Game and I’m certain we’re going to continue that tradition.”
Attached photo courtesy Matt Santos/Arizona Sundogs – Central Hockey League Commissioner Duane Lewis (third from left) presents the Arizona Sundogs with a flag during an on-ice presentation before the team’s game against the Mississippi RiverKings announcing Prescott Valley, Arizona as the host of the 2012 CHL All-Star Game. Representing the Arizona Sundogs (L-R) is forward Kyle Hood, co-owner and managing director Brad Fain, Head Coach and General Manager Marco Pietroniro, co-owner Ed Lepordo and defenseman and team captain Tyler Butler.
Host Cities of the Last Five CHL All-Star Games
2011 – Rapid City, South Dakota
2010 – Laredo, Texas
2009 – Loveland, Colorado
2008 – Broomfield, Colorado
2007 – Bossier City, Louisiana
About the Central Hockey League
The CHL is currently playing in its 19th season with 18 member teams playing across 12 states. This season marks a historic one for the league after the CHL and the International Hockey League (IHL), boasting 59 years of professional hockey, joined forces on June 1, 2010. The CHL and IHL combined to draw close to three million fans during the 2009-10 season and the CHL has led all North American ‘AA’ leagues in average attendance over the past decade. The CHL is administered by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Global Entertainment Corporation (Global Stock Symbol: GNTP), a company engaged in sports management, multi-purpose events and entertainment center and related real estate development, facility and venue management and marketing, venue food services and venue ticketing. For more information about the CHL visit the league’s website at www.centralhockeyleague.com and for more information about Global Entertainment visit www.globalentertainment2000.com.
About the Arizona Sundogs
The Arizona Sundogs are a minor-league professional hockey team based in Northern Arizona that plays in the 18-team Central Hockey League (CHL). Entering their sixth season of play in 2011-12, the team was first established in 2006 and plays its home games at the 4,810-seat Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona. During the 2007-08 campaign, the Sundogs secured a Southwest Division regular season title and went on to win the Ray Miron Presidents’ Cup Championship, sweeping the defending CHL Champion Colorado Eagles in four straight games. The Sundogs have served as minor league affiliate for NHL clubs the Colorado Avalanche (2006-07) and the Phoenix Coyotes (2007-08, 2008-09). Focused on player development, the Arizona Sundogs have helped several players reach the National Hockey League level, including defensemen David Schlemko (Phoenix Coyotes) and Mike Vernace (Colorado Avalanche, Tampa Bay Lightning). In its existence, the Arizona Sundogs franchise has welcomed nearly 600,000 fans through the doors of Tim’s Toyota Center.