A collection of 21 jerseys worn by team captains of ECHL teams is underway, with proceeds set to benefit minor league players and their families who saw their 2019-20 season end early due to COVID and recently completed a condensed 2020-21 season.
The Professional Hockey Players’ Association (PHPA) and ECHL is holding the auction in association with The MeiGray Group. Proceeds benefit the ECHL Health and Welfare Trust Fund.
The Captain sweaters from the 2019-20 season are currently being auctioned online at www.meigrayauctions.com.
The 2019-20 Season began in October, 2019 however, on March 14, 2020, the remainder of the regular season and playoffs was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Captain’s Club Jersey Auction was initiated in 2004 to help fund the ECHL Health and Welfare Trust, which provides ECHL players and their families access to counseling services when dealing with personal and behavioral health concerns, or assistance with a specific hardship.
“Following a year like no other we have experienced, ECHL players and their families are in need of support systems that are funded in part by the Captains’ Club jersey auction. This is trulya great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain rare and often hard to find game-worn jerseys, while directly supporting ECHL players and their families,” said PHPA Executive Director, Larry Landon. “Captains are leaders and greatly respected by their teammates. This strong bond allows them to encourage their teammates to seek assistance for matters that require extra attention both on and off the ice.”
“These jerseys are symbols of each team’s leadership,” said MeiGray President Barry Meisel. “We’re proud to work with the ECHL’s Health and Welfare Trust Fund.”
The auction will conclude beginning at 9pm ET on Tuesday, July 6.