Friday, December 10, 2010

Tickets for the outdoor game between the Regina Pats and the host Calgary Hitmen will go on sale Tuesday.
The game is scheduled for McMahon Stadium in Calgary on Feb. 21, one day after a game between the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames.
The WHL game is to start at 1 p.m.
Tickets — at $12 and $15 — will be available via Ticketmaster 
The best part of Thursday’s ticket-related announcement was the jerseys.
The jersey to be worn by the Hitmen honours the 1926 Calgary Canadians, who were the first Calgary team to win the Memorial Cup. The chest features the original Hitmen logo.
The Pats' jersey is terrific. This is the jersey worn by the team in the 1950s when it was affiliated with the Montreal Canadiens. Included is a Canadiens logo on the right sleeve, which all but guarantees this one will be a big seller.
By the way, more than 5,000 tickets to the NHL game between the Canadiens and Flames go on sale this morning. They are priced at $99 to $249.
McMahon Stadium seats 35,650 for football, and about 5,000 seats are being added for the hockey games.
More than half of those tickets have gone to Flames’ season-ticket holders.
Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald reported Thursday that “a pair of tickets was advertised on Kijiji Calgary for seats in section B, row 36, for $1,000. Another set was $885 for section L, row 22.
“Over on, a group of three tickets in section C, row 45, was going for a whopping $2,634.45.”
And, of course, let’s not forget the Rockstar Outdoor Hockey Classic set for Spokane on Jan. 15.
That outdoor game will feature the host Chiefs against the Kootenay Ice.
The Chiefs have put together a gift package that includes two tickets to the game, two scarves and a puck, with prices starting at US$70.
Check it out on the Chiefs' website.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes have traded F Mark Reners, 18, to the Vancouver Giants for a fifth-round pick in the 2012 bantam draft. Reners has 11 points in 19 games, after finishing last season with 10 points in 60 games. . . . He was the 18th overall pick in the 2007 bantam draft. . . . Reners, who is from Pincher Creek, was one of six Hurricanes from southern Alberta. The others are D Cason Machacek (Lethbridge), F Mitch Maxwell (Lethbridge), F Russell Maxwell (Magrath), F Max Ross (Lethbridge) and G Dylan Tait (Lethbridge). . . . The Hurricanes now have traded away both of the players they selected in the first round of that 2007 draft. The other was D Alex Theriau, who was taken sixth overall. He now is with the Everett Silvertips.
The Spokane Chiefs have added D Davis Vandane, 18, to their roster. Vandane, 18, is from Yorkton, Sask., where he has played 96 games over three seasons with the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers. He has played in 12 WHL games with the Saskatoon Blades over the last two seasons, including eight this season. The Chiefs placed him on their protected list last month. . . . Vandane is expected to be in the lineup tonight when the Chiefs meet the Giants in Vancouver. . . . He has 13 points and 12 penalty minutes in 14 games with the Terriers this season. . . . Vandane will provide the Chiefs with some depth as they lose D Jared Cowen to the Canadian national junior team’s selection camp after tonight’s game. As well, D Reid Gow, 16, will play for Team West at the U-17 World Hockey Challenge that opens in Winnipeg on Dec. 26.
There was an interesting press release from the Seattle Thunderbirds (of Kent) on Thursday:
“The Seattle Thunderbirds (have) launched an application on their Facebook page that gives fans the ability to purchase single-game tickets without leaving the social media website.”
According to Colin Campbell, the Thunderbirds’ vice-president, “We are the first sports team in North America to implement a ticket purchasing application on a Facebook page. Fans can click on the Buy Tickets tab on the T-Birds Facebook Page and purchase tickets to any game they would like to attend this season. They will not be redirected to another website or application to complete the purchase."
D Bruin McDonald signed his CHL contract with the QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympics on Wednesday morning. The Olympiques signed him for the duration of this season and 2011-12. . . . McDonald, who began the season with the Spokane before being released, should make his QMJHL debut tonight against the visiting Victoriaville Tigres.
G Darcy Kuemper of the Red Deer Rebels was named the CHL goaltender of the week after going 2-0-0, 1.00, .967. It is the second time this season that Kuemper has been so honoured. He leads the WHL with 20 victories and also has a CHL-leading five shutouts. . . . The Prince Albert Raiders will celebrate 40 years of hockey on Saturday as they play host to the Everett Silvertips. . . . A number of teams are holding Teddy Bear Toss games this weekend. So it’s worth remembering that the Calgary Hitmen collected a record 26,919 stuffed toys at their 2007 Teddy Bear game.
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