Tonight, Mom and I headed out to use the hockey tickets I gave her for Christmas. The 1st place Edmonton Oil Kings were taking on the 3rd place Kootenay Ice. Its past my bed time, the Broncos/Patriots playoff game just ended, and I'm beat so I'm going to keep this simple and tell you the story of our evening through pictures....
Forgive the quality. I took my old Sony digital camera and it keeps flipping back and forth between settings as if it is possessed; I never know how things are going to turn out.
|The Great One welcomed us to Rexall - yes, we finally have snow!!!|
|The Hanson Brothers from Slapshot were there for the ceremonial puck drop.|
|Plenty of upclose action, great seats, terrible overpriced food. Fast paced hockey!|
|1st intermission - The Hanson Bros vs. a visiting kids team. Ended in a 3-3 tie.|
|Zamboni - this guy was moving!|
|Not one but TWO zambonis on the ice at the same time.|
|Yes, same fight|
|Yes, still the same fight - right at the start of the 2nd period. |
Both players got 5 minute penalties and the Kootenay player left the ice, his face bleeding profusely.
I have to say that unlike football which I prefer watching on TV, hockey is one of those sports that (for me) is much more exciting live. Its been years since I've been to a hockey game - the last two ended badly. The NHL game I went too resulted in us sitting with my mother in the emergency room as she got treatment for food poisoning, and the University of Alberta Bears vs. Junior Oilers game I saw when I was a student there? My friend got hit in the head with an out of control puck.
If you love hockey but can't afford NHL prices, check out a junior league team near you. The Oil Kings are part of the WHL and the hockey was outstanding. Support your local team today. FYI, Edmonton won 3-2.