Thursday, December 31, 2009


The Wildcats have a number of promotions at the Coliseum tonight. Here is a rundown of what they will be offering tonight from a Moncton Wildcats Press Release.

$50,000 up for grabs in Rivalry Cup Round 4 Shoot Out:
Five lucky fans will have a chance to shoot for $10,000 cash when the Wildcats take on the Saint John Sea Dogs in Round 4 of the Rivalry Cup in Thursday’s New Years Eve contest night. Legends Restaurant will be serving food starting at 5:00 pm, the Coliseum doors will swing wide open at 6:00 pm and the puck will drop at 7:00 pm.

Ride the Rails with $2000 in travel vouchers:
Game Sponsor Via Rail, is offering fans a chance to win $2,000 in travel vouchers. What a great way to see Canada with a Via vacation.

Cheer for the Year offers great prizes from: Irving Tissue, CAA, McDonalds, Crystal Palace, YMCA Moncton, Cavendish Farms, and Boston Pizza.

Game entertainment events will feature:
The second intermission Mascot Challenge with our Wild Willie, mad as a winter storm, after the way he lost in Saint John taking on Fleaburn. We want a Willie win – come cheer him as he gains another point for the Cats.

Wild Willie pulled out of the last contest with a reported lower body injury. The last matchup in Saint John caused a lot of controversy, as the contest was not fair towards Willie.

One point is up for grabs in the contest.

Some other events taking place:
Free face painting, balloon animals and clowns, the Initiation Riverview Hornets in a mini-hockey game in the first intermission, the game’s 2010th fan will get a special prize, a jelly bean guessing contest, when the Cats score their 4th goal, fountain Coke will be on sale for $1.00 until the end of the game, the Dieppe Gold Blades figure skaters will be the flag bearers before the game, and a special pre-game puck drop featuring difference makers within our community.

Final bids for Art on Ice:
The Art on Ice program will end with Thursday’s game. Fans will still be able to bid on the great creative work by elementary school children from the District 2 Community schools up to the end of the second period. The winners names will be announced during the game’s third period.

Have you ever seen Alexander Ovechkin holding the Stanley Cup? No you haven’t. Would the NHL love to use it as a marketing tool? You better believe they would.

So why hasn’t this happened? Because you can’t allow a player who has never won the trophy to hold it.

If the Sea Dogs want this Rivalry Cup to become a series event, why are Sea Dog players always holding the trophy in ads if they have never won it? The contest is losing respect by the day.

New Years Eve will host the Wildcats portion of the holiday food drive. Saint John will host their drive on Saturday at Harbour Station.

You could win (Moncton Wildcats) game tickets for the rest of the season by bringing a non-perishable item to Thursday’s game. As part of this year’s Rivalry Cup competition, the team with the highest number of pounds of donated food will win five points toward a Rivalry Cup victory.

As Station Nation has said earlier, we encourage Sea Dog fans to bring canned goods where it is being judged on weight.

Once again, five points are rewarded to the winner. That’s a lot of points!

It’s well known that Moncton takes the Rivalry Cup much more serious than Saint John. It has gone so far in Wildtown that the Times & Transcript has named it one of the top 10 news stories of the year.

"I think the intent was to look at the two cities," said Wildcats general manager Bill Schurman in reference to the idea behind the Rivalry Cup. "The two communities are rivals in a number of ways whether it be business, entertainment or sports.

Schurman also gave got a shot in at Sea Dogs fans.

"We've always been blessed with our fans travelling to watch us in Saint John," he said. "We have not seen Saint John fans coming here in the numbers that we have going there.”

To view the full article click HERE.

The two rival fan nations have been much more active towards each other this season, with some verbal attacks being placed at one another following the December 13 game in Moncton. We will likely see fist fights and cars flipped over if the two teams ever meet in the playoffs. Fingers crossed.

If you have not taken notice, there has been a time change for the March 14 game in Moncton. The Sunday matchup was originally scheduled for 4:00 pm but will be bumped ahead to an 8:00 pm start.

The change is because the game will air live across the country as Rogers Sportsnet's “CHL Game of the Week.”

If your thinking of going up to tonight’s game, you’re in luck. The Crowne Plaza hotel is offering a package for New Years Eve starting at $175. You could get one night accommodation, one Holiday Fun Pack, four tickets to the game, soft drink and fries for four at the Concession stands, an autographed program and your name will be entered into a draw for an autographed hockey stick, signed by Brandon Gormley.

For information and terms, click HERE.

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