Last year during the strike, dealing with hockey withdraw I found my self taking the journey to Glens Falls, NY, to catch a couple of weekends of AHL hockey to see the Phantoms. At the time Schenn, Couturier, and Rinaldo were all on the team. I enjoyed myself and met a bunch of fellow hockey geeks. So much, I am making the trek again this year.
So why December 6th and 7th? Easy, I can catch two games, and not miss a Flyers game. The Flyers play the Stars on Saturday at 2pm, a game I will watch on my computer, thanks to Center Ice's live broadcast.
Secondly, the players are easily accessible, for both teams, and practices are open. If you are a morning walker, the Civic Center is open for that as well.
Like every weekend, the Phantoms have different promo's. Friday night is $2 draft beer night, but Saturday they have two very cool things going on. The Teddy Bear toss, which every fan brings a new teddy bear, or stuff toy to throw on to the ice after the first Phantoms goal. The Bears go to a local childrens hospital. It is quite the scene to behold seeing it "rain" stuffed animals.
After the game, the Phantoms will gather in a hall at the stadium to sign autographs. To make it easier, they are giving out a poster of all the players before the game.
If you are a home body, or sofa-spud, it is a great chance to see great hockey, including future Flyers like Nick Cousins, Jason Akeson, Tye McGinn and Oliver Lauridsen. Its a great weekend to go as they will have some local activities like church fairs, lighting of Christmas tree, and some local downtown events. The trip is about 5 and half hours by car.
Finally, there is a cool Christmas promo on tickets. I will opt for the 4 gold level tickets (to cover both games for me and my daughter), a signed puck, a program, and a pair of game used socks. All for $49.00 plus tax. If you figure gas, tickets, hotel, and food, you are about what it cost you for two lower level Flyers tickets for the whole weekend.
I hope you have a chance to check out this wonderful area, and meet some of the great people that work with the Phantoms, its been just tremendous going to these games.
Please email me if you have any questions, or would like some hotel and restaurant recommendations. You can't miss me if you go to this weekend, come say hello.