Wayne Gretzky was among those in attendance last month when the ECHL held its All-Star Game in Indianapolis. While it’s a bit much to expect any one of the young players on the ice that day to become the next Great One, there’s a good chance a few of them will be skating in NHL arenas someday soon.
More than 65 players from the ECHL All-Star Game have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 51 since 2002 when the lineups began having players who coaches felt were prospects to move up to a higher level.
The 2018 rosters featured 27 first-time ECHL All-Star selections, 13 rookies and eight players who have been selected in the NHL Entry Draft. Now, game-worn hockey jersey collectors have a chance to grab a jersey or two worn during the game.
The MeiGray Auctions Item of the Week is a jersey donned by the MVP in that game—Taylor Cammarata of the South Carolina Stingrays. The jersey was autographed by Cammarata after he wore it.
In all, 32 game-worn ECHL All-Star jerseys and over 30 game-used pucks are on the block in an auction ending next week.
Six skaters and one goalie from each of the North, South, Central and Mountain Divisions played a two-round, 3-on-3 skater, tournament for the first time in the 24-year history of the ECHL All-Star Game. The Mountain Division was crowned the winner in a shootout.
Cammarata’s jersey, a Size 54 and uniquely designed for the All-Star Game, is registered into The MeiGrade System of Registration.
Every jersey worn by each of the participating MeiGray Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program clubs contains a uniquely numbered inventory tag sewn into the jersey before it’s worn on the ice. The tag has hidden security features that are checked regularly to ensure authenticity.
Bidding for the ECHL jerseys and pucks concludes February 15 at MeiGrayAuctions.com.