Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/08/06 at 02:00 PM ET
Speaking of lucky, I won chuck-a-puck in Wichita, KS, along with a 50/50 raffle in Moline, IL (Quad City Mallards). Ever been to Moline? Great place to see a game. They love their Mallards. Also lucky, how about single handing a t-shirt toss at a Hartford Wolfpack game? I also caught one at an Austin IceBats game. I even got it signed, by 13 members of the team after the game, because I was skating with them after the game. Who gets to skate with the team after an NHL game? Nobody (at least, not the common fan). And they were the nicest people. They didn’t ‘want’ to be there, but you would never know. They played an awful game that day, and skating with them told me why. The first thing I noticed was how mushy the ice was. This is Austin, TX after all, and temperatures were in the 70s. Then I talked to a player who told me the story. They had played in Hidalgo, TX (Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees) the night before, but had bus troubles, started the game late, came back home, had more bus trouble, had to borrow a bus, and got into town around 9:00 am that day, then played a 4:00 pm game. You would never know talking to them, or watching them skate around with the little kids. I also got to skate with the team in Kalamazoo, Mi (K-Wings), but the team wasn’t on the ice in Ft. Wayne, Il after their loss. Find me an NHL team who does that and I’ll buy their jersey.
Before you start to wonder, these games aren’t a circus, either. These are real hockey games, with real players. Players who want to be there. Some are on the way up, some on the way down, and some are right where they’re supposed to be. It can be rough and tumble, or it can be clean skating hockey. It can be fight night, and there could be no fighting whatsoever. You can have games where there might as well have been no goalie, and games ending 1-0 in OT.
What you get is real hockey. Good hockey, with teams that really want your business, want you to come to the rink, want you to want to come back. These are the teams who work hard for the fans. They are constantly trying to get you in the door, with good games, participation, and value. When was the last time you sat on the glass for $15? Have you ever sat on the glass?
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