SAINT JOHN – This afternoon, the Saint John Sea Dogs revealed their tentative promotional schedule for the 2011-12 campaign.
The promotions begin next Thursday when the Sea Dogs host the Moncton Wildcats in the opening game of the Canadian Hockey League season. The Memorial Cup will be attendance along with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s President’s Cup and the
holy grail of all sporting trophies Brunswick News
Rivalry Cup. Fans will have the opportunity to take photos with the trophies
one last time before they are returned to the league.
The annual pre-game fan festival will be held prior to the match from 4-6pm outside Harbour Station. Once inside, there will be a special pre-game video montage recognizing the Sea Dogs’ incredible 2010-11 season.
The team will not be raising their championship banners until October 29th because of the amount of returning players that will miss the first several weeks of the season due to National Hockey League camps.
Besides the championship related stuff, there are not a whole lot of different events on the this year's promotional schedule compared to those in the past.
The usual events such as Pink in the Rink Night, Support Our Troops Day, Holiday Fun Day, Hockey Night In Saint John, Journée Des Francofans, Valentine’s Day Spectacular, Toonie Tuesday, Irish Celebration Night and Fan Appreciation Day will all be returning for another year.
The Sea Dogs also announced today that a “4-for-$46” ticket package will be made available for every Sunday game. Wednesdays will feature $5 upper bowl tickets, and all Thursdays (not including home opener) will be discount nights for seniors and military. Seniors can take advantage of a $9 upper bowl ticket on Thursdays, while veterans, Canadian Forces personnel and reserves can purchase a $7 upper bowl ticket.
Here are the dates for many of the theme nights:
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 – 7 p.m. vs. Moncton Wildcats
Home Opener / Founding Partners Championship Celebration Night sponsored Irving Oil and Moosehead Breweries with giveaway compliments of the Sea Dogs and Irving Oil
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 – 7 p.m. vs. Prince Edward Island Rocket
Pink in the Rink Night (Breast Cancer Research Fundraiser)
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 – 7 p.m. vs. Chicoutimi Sagueneens
Banner-Raising Night with championship ring presentations
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011 – 3 p.m. vs. Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Support Our Troops Day
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 – 7 p.m. vs. Halifax Mooseheads
Holiday Fun Day
Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 – 7 p.m. vs. Moncton Wildcats
Annual New Year’s Game with special Rivalry Cup fan activity TBA
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 – 7 p.m. vs. Halifax Mooseheads
Hockey Night in Saint John
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 – 3 p.m. vs. Acadie-Bathurst Titan
Journée Des Francofans/Valentine’s Day Spectacular
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 – 7 p.m. vs. Halifax Mooseheads
Friday, March 2, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. vs. Prince Edward Island Rocket
Irish Celebration Night
Saturday, March 3, 2012 – 7 p.m. vs. Acadie-Bathurst Titan
Fan Appreciation Day
On November 26, the Paul Henderson Jersey Tour hits Saint John. Other special promotions like this one will be announced throughout the year.
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