The Wild are playing at the Queens Memorial Arena on Friday Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. To get in, it is $5 for adults, $2 for children and those under five get in for free.
Expect more than just a great hockey game when you go though. There will be prize draws during the intermission, and plenty of giveaways including passes, hats and food. Also coming is a little competition for the fans to try their luck at too. For $1, fans can buy a puck for “Chuck the Puck,” and line up around the ice. Everyone throws it to towards the centre of the ice, and the closest to the centre wins the prize.
Don’t forget to pick up some food at the canteen, which will be open for business that evening as well.
The team wanted to do something special for the first game to show their appreciation for the community, and is bringing out several guests for the opening ceremonies. Sergeant Richard Dixon, a local soldier, and the local squadron of air cadets will be on the ice.
O Canada will be sung by local singer Nicole Whynot, and special guest Donna-Leigh West and her daughters will drop the first puck in memory of their father Pat West.
Pat played with the Liverpool Bruins hockey team, explains PR person Shelly Whynot, and his love for hockey, family and community were one and the same.
The team is also unveiling their new home jerseys for the opening game, with a redesigned logo for them to display. The jerseys were sponsored by the crew of the fishing boat Mersey Venture.
The team will have a few returning faces, along with many new ones as well, with 17 players on the roster. Four of those players are home town boys too. Keeping a eye on them and steering them straight will be returning coach Nick Whynot and assistant coach Terry Whynot, along with assistant coach and former Wild goalie Nat Dagley. Rounding out the team is the equipment crew, made up of Eddie Greek and Kevin Gehue.