As the weather begins to change, with it, you can feel and taste it in the air. Yes fans, not only is summer practically over, but it is now time for the much-anticipated, highly-awaited hockey season. To kick things off for the Rochester Americans, the club is seeking one lucky fan to “break the ice” and be the first to skate around the rink with Amerks legend and AHL Hall Of Famer (and one of my personal favorite all time players of any sport at any level), Jody Gage.
Details can be found HERE. The team will be accepting submissions via their facebook page and twitter between today and Friday, September 23rd. The skate will take place the morning of Monday, September 26th, shortly after installation of the freshly laid ice is completed. Who doesn’t love the sound and feel of skate blades cutting crisply through a perfect layer of frozen H2O?
Also, tickets for the first home game on Thursday, October 13th against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins are still available. Prices for the opener are a steal at just $11-$12 a ticket. There is a very nice interactive map on the Amerks website that shows which exact seats are still available. Plans are also in place to bring in a slew of notable Amerks alumni for the game for a ceremony. It is rumored that the festivities could be similar to the Sabres Fan Appreciation Night that Pegula and company threw at the end of last season in Buffalo. Notable names in the Amerks HOF include Gerry Cheevers, Al Arbour, Mike Keenan, Don Cherry, Bronco Horvath, Duane Rupp, Jacques Cloutier, John Van Boxmeer, and Randy Cunneyworth. Not sure how many of these players would be able to make it out, but so far we have seen that TPegs, KPegs, and Ted Black have been able to pull some incredible strings. Hopefully, they will finally bring back “Freeze Frame” as the skate-out theme music.
Let’s Go Amerks!
Hockey, Hockey, Hockey!