It's a big night...both on the ice and in the stands...for the Saskatoon Blades as they host the Prince Albert Raiders.
On the ice, the Bridge City Bunch still have hope of catching a W-H-L playoff spot. But, it's going to require sweeping the home-and-home series with P-A AND having Calgary lose twice to Kootenay. In the stands, it's Fan Appreciation Night...highlighted by the 50-50 draw starting with a total pot at 50-thousand dollars. As a result, Blades' president Steve Hogle says the doors to SaskTel Centre will open early.
“They are (open) earlier, at 5:30 because we are already into a much larger crowd than usual. We’ve pulled back the curtain for the top deck.”
Hogle says more than six thousand tickets have been sold with very few remaining in the lower bowl. Besides the big 50-50 draw, there will be prizes awarded at every whistle. And, the Double Blue's individual awards will be handed out before the opening face-off. Hogle explains what Fan Appreciation Night means to the Saskatoon franchise.
“It’s a chance for us to thank our fans who come to the rink each and every game as well those in the community as well. We are reaching into the community to work with the charitable groups that we work with, the inter-city schools that we work with, to get them to the game as well. They don’t have the privilege of getting out as often as they would like so it’s awesome for us to be able to say come on out to this game.”
The broadcast of the Blades and the Raiders will be 92.9 The Bull at 6:30 with the play-by-play at 7:05 from SaskTel Centre.