Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 06/21/10 at 11:19 PM ET
This season, the Charlotte Checkers will play their first season in the American Hockey Leauge, and they’ll be one of
a few teams in the AHL (the other being the San Antonio Rampage—edit. also, the Houston Aeros, Milwaukee Admirals and Lake Erie Monsters—) to share its arena with an NBA pro basketball team. The ECHL Checkers also played in the Time Warner Cable (Bobcats) Arena in downtown Charlotte, and theyf got the short shrift when it came to scheduling. They used to get their schedule after the Bobcats and the NBA had already laid claim to 41 dates. This year, however, they’ll be getting better priority.
I’ve been told by a Charlotte Checkers representative that the AHL schedule will be released “sometime in August” and that it will be released before the NBA releases its schedule. This means that the Checkers won’t have “second choice” and they’ll be able to have more of the attractive weekend games and less of the crummy Tuesday night home games. I’ve been told that the home opener will be on Friday October 15. No other details are available just yet, but this is a big deal for the Checkers to have first chair fiddle.
It sounds almost too good to be true, but I was told that any season ticket package paid in full by the end of this week will get four bonus tickets to opening night. I was already contemplating getting a ten game package and making the trek between Greensboro-Raleigh-Greensboro-Charlotte quite a lot. When I found out that the packages are a lot more flexible than the comparable Hurricanes season ticket package, I was even more interested. Pick your seat, pick the games. Any ten games. This promotion with the opening night tickets, which was revealed to me this morning, makes it even more attractive to pony up for a mini-plan. I’m hoping that there will be a lot of weekend back-to-back home games, as there typically are in the AHL.
There will be bigger fish to fry, as the NHL will announce its 2010-11 schedule on Tuesday. By this time tomorrow, every team in the league will be complaining that it has been railroaded by the league and its schedule makers. Everyone will say that they have unjustly been saddled with more back-to-back situations and more Satanic road trips than any other team in the league. Check the blogosphere on Tuesday night for evidence of this.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.