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The Olympic Break is over.  The NHL is back.  So why not kick off the rush for the playoffs with a contest.

You are interested in the chance at winning things correct?

Especially when it is a great hockey prize?

Honestly though who doesn't like to win free things?  

I know I do; and  I also like to give my readers here at Kukla's Korner the chance to win some really great prizes.  

Later this year I will be turning the big 3-0 so nothing says it is time to have a midlife freakout than now.  Going back to school and deciding I want to move this spring/summer, the latter having more to do with this post than you may originally think.  

Having started looking at my options and one option being using Realtor.com has brought up a great hockey connection with a chance to give a fan a trip of a lifetime (sadly I do not get to enter this contest by partnering up to bring it to you all). 

Realtor.com/faceoff will link you right to the contest where you can be entered into a sweepstakes that leads to a Grand Prize of 2 tickets to the San Jose Sharks game on March 22nd (2014) vs. the Washington Capitals.  Not only do you get the game tickets you will get hotel and airfare included.  Sounds great right?  That isn't everything - you also get a behind the scenes look at the practice facilities, and more! 

All you have to do to enter is - One: Read this blog.  Congrats you have mastered the first step.  Now click the link above and you will be directed to the sweepstakes main page and presented with some matchups of home features and vote on which one you like the best.  (Example: If asked "Which do you miss more on a long road trip?")  Once there  then you will have two different rooms to pick from that are from real listings on the Realtors Site. 

Select your favorite from the two rooms and share it to Facebook or Pinterest to be entered.  It is that easy.  

Each share is an entry.  You can share six (6) matchups for six (6) entries and fill out a bonus entry for a total of seven (7) chances to win the trip to San Jose. 

This winter has been bitter cold and I for one am sick of the Polar Vortex so why not take a minute and take a chance at a warm(er) weather hockey mini vacation.  

There are 10 runner up spots with with sweepstakes to win autographed pucks and jerseys as well!

The Realtor.com sweepstakes ends March 12, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (PT).  So don't hesitate and get your entries in.

But wait! There is more!

The Kukla's Korner readers get a bonus contest; to go along with the Realtor.com sweepstakes, where you can win a $75 gift card to NHL.com. 

All you have to do to enter the bonus contest, for the NHL.com gift card is post a comment below about your favorite hockey memory.  To post you do need to be a member here at Kukla's Korner, you can register here if you are not. 

Your favorite memory comment for entry to the bonus contest can be about your favorite team winning The Cup, a game you played in, or something as bizarre l as when my mom and I took my younger sister to her first NHL game. (In the third she finally asked me to explain the game to her and she was confused when I said "Okay - you see those two Wild guys right there? They are ,"  Yup, playing the Minnesota Wild and lost her as she was looking for guys acting 'wild and crazy'.  A hockey memory I will never forget.)

Share your memories here by the Wednesday March 12th 11:59 p.m. (PT) deadline and on St. Patrick's Day I will announce the winner.       

After the commenting deadline has passed I will randomly select a winner for the $75 NHL.com Gift Card.  I will literally put names into a hat and have the winner drawn from it (probably by one of my kids). I have no say in the winner for the the Realtor.com sweepstakes I am purely informing you of it and giving you a bonus contest to also participate in.

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redxblack's avatar

This site keeps giving back. Thank you!

My personal favorite hockey memory was living in an old house in a rough neighborhood where scrappers had stolen the aerial off my house while I was at work. As a result, I had to watch games upstairs on a tiny portable tv to get a fuzzy picture. My one year old son was wearing a Red Wings sweater and was on my lap as we watched the game eating leftover birthday cake from the day before (it was my birthday). I had to balance the little tv on my other leg to get a clear picture. The date was March 26, 1997. You know the rest. I’m just happy that I didn’t drop the cake, the baby or the television.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/28/14 at 01:45 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/28/14 at 12:45 PM ET

What an awesome memory.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 02/28/14 at 02:13 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Thanks for passing along!

My favorite memory: In 2008 my younger sister (she was still young and at a very impressionable age at the time) had thought it was “cool” to like the Wings, because I did.  I loved 2008 as a fan, and thus so did she.  She went on to learn extensively about the players, their numbers, etc - really impressive stuff for a young kid, actually.

So, I wanted to be sure I watched the Stanley Cup Finals with her.  The night of June 4 I went to my friend’s house (now my wife actually) to watch the game, and I brought my sister.  My wife didn’t care all that much, but my sister and I were jumping and screaming the whole game, especially once it was over.  We “partied” that night (about as hard as you would with a young sibling), and I remember going to Burger King on our way home at about 2am when they had switched to their breakfast menu, which seemed like such a strange food to eat after a hockey game - but the night had just flown by.  It was just one of those days where you are having so much fun, that time is going by quicker than you can imagine.  We rolled the windows down in the car, and jammed out the whole way home. 

Six years later, my sister still talks about that night.  And she still loves the Red Wings.  It was a special time for us as siblings - especially with such a large age difference. 

Posted by TreKronor on 02/28/14 at 04:14 PM ET


My favorite hockey memory is when I attended my first game at the Bell Centre.  I was a Sens fan at the time, but I won a trip to Quebec, so how could I not attend a Habs game while I was there? As it turned out, the Habs were celebrating their 100th Anniversary that year and I happen to go to the game where they were honoring the coaches who won the Stanley Cup for the Habs over the course of their history.

Long story short, the ceremony was such a touching one that by the time it ended, I had goosebumps and crying like a sap.  That was the night I became a Habs fan.  Been one ever since!

Posted by swandad on 02/28/14 at 04:22 PM ET

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My favorite hockey memory would obviously be when A2Y readers raised money to bring Herm to Detroit for H2H. That whole experience was amazing. The excitement leading up to the game, the relationships built, the game itself, watching Herm meet Darren Helm, raising all of the money for Children’s Hospital, and everything that has happened since. Hockey fans rule. It’s more than just a game.

The Winter Classic was rad too. smile

Posted by jennyquarx on 03/05/14 at 11:52 AM ET


Great blog. Glad to have found you via twitter.

My favorite hockey memories revolve around me being in the car with my dad. To and from games and practices, tournaments, you name it. It was the best time I ever got to spend with my dad and I wouldn’t trade any of those minutes for the world.  It was certainly an adjustment for both of us moving on from minor hockey and it only makes me more excited to be a hockey parent one day.

Posted by Thainer21 on 03/11/14 at 01:53 PM ET


Playing hockey with my dad in the driveway when I was younger. I still remember a pretty decent leg save in there. Hopefully it’s one of those things I never forget

Posted by APetrelak on 03/11/14 at 08:48 PM ET


My favorite hockey memory was my first Rangers game ever. My dad and I went down to the lower bowl seats at the old MSG to watch the warm-ups. I was only 10, so I was absolutely amazed at everything that was going on. At one point, a player took a shot and it was saved by Richter but he deflected it into the stands. The puck came right at my dad and I and hit my dad’s wrist. The puck ended up breaking my dad’s watch. We then spent the rest of the warm-up trying to find all of the pieces to my dad’s watch, while I held onto that puck as hard as I could.

Posted by nyrmike21 on 03/11/14 at 09:05 PM ET


I’ve tried to give this some thought and I really cannot narrow it down to a single memory. In fact the more I thought about it I came up with even more, so I am just going to give a list in no certain order.

1997 Cup Win - Watching the game in my neighbor’s back yard and standing by Inkster Rd with a broom and cars honking as they went past.

1998 Cup Win - I was at my grandmother’s house outside New Castle, PA and of all days the cable went out that day. My mom was giving me updates at the intermissions and the play by play over the phone for the final 10 minutes of the game. I went running around the house celebrating. My grandma must have thought I was nuts.

Going to Joevision - I was young and broke, but it was always made it to the Joevision games. I was there for the three overtime game against Carolina with my mom. The crowd went wild when Hull scored to tie the game and again when The Professor scored to win the game.

I got to see Wayne Gretzky play when he was on the Blues - I believe he got a game misconduct that game.

I took my grandmother (the same one from the 1998 story) to a Plymouth Whalers at Erie Otters game. Turned out it was her first hockey game in 20+ years.

When I was an intern, I was in the 2008 Cup Parade and was also on stage during the rally at Hart Plaza.

Getting to talk to McCarty while he was at a Game 7 viewing party last year. Not just in a normal meet and greet way. This was a more laid back conversation, chatting about the game and who we thought would get the game winner against Chicago.

I’ve been lucky with being able to grow up around hockey and in turn have a career that works closely with the sport, but what sticks out the most is the time that these experiences are shared with family and friends. Those experiences last a lifetime.

Posted by Keith Dotson on 03/12/14 at 01:36 PM ET


My favorite Hockey memory is watching Rod Brind’Amour show complete disregard for Gary Bettman and grabbing the Cup in 2006. I was watching on a crappy tube television during a small tropical storm in St. Petersburg, FL while I was interning at the daily paper.

Posted by Patrick Clarke on 03/13/14 at 12:09 PM ET

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