The 2023 Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Sentara Health and Optima Health will consist of a tournament featuring the ECHL All-Stars and the Norfolk Admirals, with an integrated skills competition with points counting towards each team’s score. The match will take place on Monday 16 January 2023 at the Norfolk Scope Arena.
“Sentara Healthcare and Optima Health are strong supporters of the quality of life the Norfolk Admirals have brought to Hampton Roads for decades,” said Norfolk Admirals President Billy Johnson. “When the Admirals presented the opportunity to put the eyes of the hockey world on Hampton Roads during the Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic, Sentara Healthcare and Optima Health immediately asked how they could help. They stepped up to support this unique national spotlight on the wonderful community of Hampton Roads.
About Sentara Healthcare
Sentara Health celebrates more than 130 years in pursuit of its mission: “we improve health every day”. Sentara is a not-for-profit integrated healthcare delivery system with approximately 30,000 employees (including 1,375 physicians and advanced practice providers), 12 hospitals in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina and the Sentara Health Plans division serving more than 950,000 members. Sentara is nationally recognized for clinical quality and safety, and is strategically focused on innovating and creating an extraordinary healthcare experience for our patients and members. Sentara was named to IBM Watson Health’s “Top 15 Health Systems” in 2021 and 2018, and was recognized by Forbes as “Best Employer for New Graduates” in 2022, “Best Employer for Women” in 2020 and one of “America’s Top Employers” in 2018.
Launched in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 28 teams in 20 states and two Canadian provinces entering its 35th season in 2022-23. There have been 727 players who played in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 29 who made their NHL debuts in the 2021-22 season. The ECHL had memberships with 27 of the NHL’s 32 teams in 2021-22, marking the 25th straight season the league has affiliations with at least 20 NHL teams. Further information on ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on top Twitter and Facebook.
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