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Roadrunners to Host
"Hockey Night in Phoenix"

Phoenix Roadrunners President Claude Lemieux (right) and pro hockey star Brad May discuss the upcoming "Hockey Night in Phoenix."
(Jeramie McPeek/Roadrunners Photos)
Posted: March 11, 2005

As a part of returning professional hockey to downtown Phoenix, the ECHL Phoenix Roadrunners will stage a special exhibition game at America West Arena on Tuesday, April 19, 2005.

“Hockey Night In Phoenix” will feature some of the world’s best professional hockey stars in action, with the proceeds from the game benefiting local youth hockey associations. Among those already committed to play include Sean Burke, Brad May and Luc Robitaille.

“I’m grateful to the many friends I have in professional hockey who have agreed to lace up their skates and play,” said Roadrunners president Claude Lemieux, who made the announcement along with Burke and May at the press conference. “This will be a great way to reintroduce professional hockey to downtown Phoenix, in advance of our season opening in October.”

Also during the press conference, Lemieux unveiled the club’s new logo. The logo incorporates the traditional Rocky Roadrunner, used by each of the previous versions of the Roadrunners, from the Western Hockey League entry in 1967 to the International Hockey League Roadrunners in 1997.

“The ECHL Phoenix Roadrunners will maintain a strong link to the tradition of Roadrunner teams of the past,” said Lemieux. “The logo is a part of that tradition.”

The team also unveiled its player uniforms, which includes two home uniforms (primary and alternate) as well as a road uniform.

Face-off for “Hockey Night In Phoenix” is at 6:30 p.m., and will consist of three regulation periods. Tickets are priced at $25 for lower level, reserved seats. Fans attending the game will receive a free Roadrunners t-shirt. The game will also serve as an open house opportunity for fans wishing to purchase Roadrunners season tickets.

“Hockey Night In Phoenix” tickets can be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet, America West Arena box office, or by calling 480-784-4444.