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Day Tripper: AHL Hockey

Given the recent dip the temperature has taken, going in to a building filled with ice may seem like a less than desirable activity. However, that is exactly what you and your family could do on these chilly evenings for a night of fun and hockey.

We are fortunate enough in this area to be relatively close to a number of professional sports options. However, we are even closer to several minor league teams. Just as each summer we pack “The Joe” to support the ValleyCats, we are a short drive, and cheap ticket, away from two different hockey teams.

Many of us will always remember a time when the Pepsi Arena (and before that, the Knickerbocker Arena) was home to the Firebirds and the River Rats. However, the Firebirds, and “Touchdown” Eddie Brown, left town a while ago, and the River Rats played their last game in 2010. It is now the Albany Devils who call the Times Union Center home. An affiliate of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, Albany’s team currently sits at second place in the AHL Northeast Division. With games being played until April, and tickets starting under $20, now is the perfect time to get out and start supporting the Devils on their push for first place. The remainder of the season is also filled with great promotions and giveaways, including bobblehead and team poster giveaways, a ladies night, and even a night where you can bundle up your dog and bring them to the game.

Sitting right behind the Devils in the Northeast Division are the Adirondack Phantoms, affiliate to the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers. A drive in the opposite direction on I-87 will bring you to Glens Falls. It is here that you can see the Phantoms playing in their final season at the Glens Falls Civic Center before the team leaves and moves to Pennsylvania. So why not head on up to Glens Falls and cheer on the Phantoms as they look to make their final season in this area a successful one? If you become a Phantom fanatic, you could even start sitting behind the visiting team’s bench where a small, but very vocal and passionate group of fans can be found. There are also three meetings between the Devils and Phantoms left this season.

A shot of the action from a recent meeting of the Devils and Phantoms

Seeing either team makes for a great night out for the family. Throughout the rest of the season, both teams will be having family events and activities. For the Devils, this Saturday, January 11th, they will be having a “Kids in Free” night. On Saturday January 25th, Iron Man will be in the building. And on Sunday January 26th and Sunday February 23rd, fans will be allowed to skate on the ice after the game. The Phantoms also give the fans a chance to get on the ice. Bring your own skates and you’ll be able to skate after the game on Sunday March 2nd and Sunday March 23rd. Sundays are also when the Phantoms offer family ticket packs. For $43 a family will receive: 3 tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas, 1 large popcorn and a program.

So even though it may be cold outside, bundle up the family and head to either Albany or Glens Falls to see some great hockey action.

Information on the schedules, upcoming events, and tickets for both teams can be found at the following links:

http://www.thealbanydevils.com/

http://www.phantomshockey.com/

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