Monday, January 10, 2011

Wolves and Weasels

Weasels love hockey.  If you're a regular around here, you already knew that.  Of course, we are Philadelphia Flyers fans and follow the NHL closely, but it is rare and cost prohibitive that we get to attend a game.  Thanks to the Chicago Wolves and the AHL, we now have a remedy for that.

The AHL is league of professional hockey clubs one level below the NHL (think AAA baseball).  The games are extremely high quality, as much of this league is made up of men still fighting to reach their dream of playing in the NHL.  They play hard and with much heart.  At the same time, you can see these games and root for the home team at family friendly pricing.

This past Saturday the entire Weasel Family was invited to a special social media event to attend a Wolves game and enjoy all the family friendly fun that surrounds it.

Starting 2 hours prior to face-off, the Wolves host a family fun fest (at no charge) for their fans.  They have music, kids games, prizes, photo opportunities, face painting and a visit from their mascot, Skates, to entertain children young and old  before game time.

Young Child (Monkey Weasel)
Not So Young Child (Me)
As the time approached face-off and the players warmed up, so did the crowd.  A fireworks display and laser light show is a great way to introduce the home team and get the crowd fired up:


video

After every Saturday night home game the players stop outside the locker room to talk to fans and sign auto graphs.  However, at this special event we were lucky enough to meet Wolves forward, Jamie Hunt, during the 2nd period intermission.  Not only is he cute, He was very sweet and gracious.

Jamie Hunt #24 and The Weasels
Jamie Hunt #24 signed my hat as I swooned.
The game was a lot of fun, even though the home team was having a rough night against the Hamilton Bulldogs and with ticket prices starting around $10 and Fan 4-packs (4 tickets, 4 drinks, 4 hot dogs) starting at $63, we will be back for some great hockey and family fun.

*Weasel Family admission for this event was complimentary.  This post/video has not been compensated. 

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