Friday, June 11, 2010

Stockton Thunder Promotional / Giveaway 2010/11 Schedule


06/11/2010 3:24 PM - The popular Thunder Goes Pink event, new skateboard decks and hockey sticks mark the highlights of promotions and giveaways for 2010-11

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STOCKTON, Calif. - The Stockton Thunder, a two-time recipient of the ECHL "Award of Excellence," announced its promotional and giveaway calendar for the 2010-11 regular season with a lineup of popular, familiar and anticipated attractions for the 2010-11 season, the sixth in the San Joaquin Valley.

With the Thunder looking to reclaim the lead in ECHL attendance for the fifth time in six seasons the regular season launches on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16 for Opening Night presented by AT&T against the Ontario Reign, starting the first weekend series with two 7:30 p.m. games at Stockton Arena.

"Promotional nights are just another piece to the puzzle in providing our fans with a greater experience when coming to see Thunder hockey," said Thunder president Dan Chapman. "We're proud of how the promotional lineup for the 2010-11 season is very diverse and is intended to appeal to fans young and old alike."

As a part of "Opening Night," the first 2,000 fans will receive a Thunder schedule poster at the Friday game and the first 1,000 kids (ages 12 and under) will receive a commemorative Thunder t-shirt on Saturday.

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All things pink - jerseys, ice, giveaways return Nov. 5-7 for Thunder Goes Pink V, continuing the cause for breast cancer awareness. (photo by George Steckler)

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Returning for the fifth season as the flagship fundraising event, the wildly popular "Thunder Goes Pink" is back as an expanded three-day event on Friday through Sunday, Nov. 5-7 against the Bakersfield Condors. Losing only once in regulation, the Thunder have carried a lifetime 5-1-2 record in the "Thunder Goes Pink" series that turns the games at Stockton Arena into a pink-themed spectacle for local breast cancer awareness and fundraising for the cause.

Both Friday and Saturday's games begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday's start is at 4:00 p.m. A tradition that headlines the annual event, newly designed special pink-accented jerseys will be worn by the Thunder during all three games and will be available for silent auction to all fans in attendance for the weekend, while a handful of the game-worn jerseys will be available for bidding during live auction immediately following the Saturday, Nov. 6 game. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society - Stockton Field Office and the St. Joseph's Foundation - Breast Cancer Services.

Last year, $32,480 in funds raised was split evenly between the event beneficiaries: American Cancer Society - Stockton Field Office and St. Joseph's Foundation - Breast Cancer Services. The Thunder has boosted its all-time, four-year total of funds raised through "Pink" to over $145,000 while over 16,000 fans were in attendance for the two games last year.

Free commemorative giveaway items for fans in attendance that weekend will include pink-colored headwear to female fans ages 13 and over in attendance. Additional "Thunder Goes Pink" details and giveaway items will be announced soon.

Additionally, the sixth annual "Teddy Bear Toss" is scheduled to return to Stockton Arena on Saturday, Jan. 22 against Ontario at 7:30 p.m. Fans are invited to bring and throw teddy bears or other stuffed animals onto the ice immediately following the Thunder's first goal of the game.

Last year's Teddy Bear Toss, played before a sellout crowd of 9,737, netted over 4,348 bears and other stuffed animals to donate to the United Way, who in turn distributed them to local children's charities. It brought the three-year total to over 19,800 animals distributed by the United Way of San Joaquin County to various children's charities, hospitals and police and fire departments throughout Stockton.

For fans looking to expand their cold weather items and show their Thunder pride, Thunder fleece blankets will be given away to fans (ages 13 and over) on Saturday, Dec. 11 when the Thunder host the Utah Grizzlies at 7:30 p.m.

Thunder replica jersey giveaways are scheduled for the upcoming season, including two games on Saturdays, Mar. 5 and Mar. 19 (against Alaska and Idaho respectively) where the first 2,000 kids (ages 12 and under) will take home a replica gold "third jersey," just like what the pros wear on the ice.

Also new to the giveaway lineup for the budding skateboard enthusiast is an exclusive Thunder skateboard deck, given away to the first 1,000 fans (ages 8-18) in attendance on Saturday, Feb. 5 against the Utah Grizzlies at 7:30 p.m. Replica wood hockey sticks, similar to what the pros use on the ice, will be given away to the first 1,000 kids (ages 12 and under) on both Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 29-30, when the Thunder host the Las Vegas Wranglers at 7:00 p.m.

The third annual Thunder's "Easy Being Green" event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 25-26 at Stockton Arena against the Victoria Salmon Kings at 7:30 p.m. The two-day event, which drew over 13,500 fans last season, featured a pre-game "Green Fair" (before each game) featuring local eco-friendly businesses and organizations distributing information and green-themed giveaways.

Headlining the lineup of green-themed giveaways are eco-friendly Thunder "green" bags, free to the first 2,000 fans (ages 18 and over) in attendance, reusable for the home, grocery store, leisure trip, as well as school materials.

The Thunder will celebrate "Fan Appreciation Night" on Wednesday, Mar. 30 against the Las Vegas Wranglers at 7:00 p.m. for its final regular season home game.

The Thunder, a four-time leader in ECHL attendance, averaged over 6,000 fans per game and drew over 200,000 fans at the gate last season for the fifth straight year. Welcoming its one millionth fan through the turnstiles last season, the Thunder has drawn 14 sellouts in franchise history and had five crowds of 8,000 fans or more in 2009-10.

OPENING NIGHT AND TICKET INFORMATION
Opening Night is Friday, Oct. 15, when the Thunder opens the 2010-11 regular season at home against the Ontario Reign, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Stockton Arena.

The Thunder are freezing Season Ticket prices for the 2010-11 season, which are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (209) 373-1500 or by visiting www.stocktonthunder.com. Thunder Season Ticket Holders enjoy the highest-demanded seating locations in Stockton Arena, preferred parking options, benefits including admission to Season Ticket Holder-only events, discount opportunities on Thunder merchandise, a free e-newsletter, an exclusive gift, admission to the first two rounds of the Kelly Cup Playoffs and more. Information on individual tickets and mini-plans will be announced soon.

The proud ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League, the Thunder was voted "Best Local Sports Team" by readers of the San Joaquin Magazine, led the ECHL in attendance for four consecutive seasons and drew over 200,000 fans for the fifth consecutive season in 2009-10. Season tickets for 2010-11 are on sale now. For more information about tickets, merchandise, or other inquiries contact the Stockton Thunder offices at (209) 373-1500 or visit http://www.stocktonthunder.com/.


STOCKTON THUNDER 2010-11 PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULE
(As of June 10)

DATE OPPONENT TIME PROMOTION/ GIVEAWAY
Fri. Oct. 15 Ontario 7:30 p.m. Opening Night Poster Giveaway
Sat. Oct. 16 Ontario 7:30 p.m. T-Shirt Giveaway
Fri. Oct. 22 Ontario 7:30 p.m. Poster Giveaway
Fri. Nov. 5 Bakersfield 7:30 p.m. "Thunder Goes Pink V"
Sat. Nov. 6 Bakersfield 7:30 p.m. "Thunder Goes Pink V"
Sun. Nov. 7 Bakersfield 4:00 p.m. "Thunder Goes Pink V"/ Family Day
Sat. Nov. 20 Idaho 7:30 p.m. Replica Jersey Giveaway
Sun. Nov. 21 Victoria 4:00 p.m. "Coats For Kids"/ Family Day
Wed. Nov. 24 Las Vegas 7:00 p.m. Family Night
Fri. Nov. 26 Utah 7:30 p.m. Poster Giveaway
Sat. Dec. 11 Utah 7:30 p.m. Fleece Blanket Giveaway
Wed. Dec. 29 Las Vegas 7:00 p.m. Hockey Stick Giveaway/ Family Night
Thur. Dec. 30 Las Vegas 7:00 p.m. Hockey Stick Giveaway/ Family Night
Wed. Jan. 12 Bakersfield 7:00 p.m. Family Night
Fri. Jan. 21 Ontario 7:30 p.m. Poster Giveaway
Sat. Jan. 22 Ontario 7:30 p.m. "Teddy Bear Toss"
Fri. Jan. 28 Idaho 7:30 p.m. Poster Giveaway
Sat. Jan. 29 Idaho 7:30 p.m. Adult Replica Jersey Giveaway
Sun. Jan. 30 Idaho 4:00 p.m. Family Day
Fri. Feb. 4 Utah 7:30 p.m. Poster Giveaway
Sat. Feb. 5 Utah 7:30 p.m. Skateboard Deck Giveaway
Fri. Feb. 18 Victoria 7:30 p.m. Equipment Bag Giveaway
Sat. Feb. 19 Victoria 7:30 p.m. Replica Jersey Giveaway
Sun. Feb. 20 Victoria 4:00 p.m. Family Day
Fri. Mar. 4 Alaska 7:30 p.m. Poster Giveaway
Sat. Mar. 5 Alaska 7:30 p.m. Adult Replica Jersey Giveaway
Sun. Mar. 6 Alaska 4:00 p.m. Family Day
Fri. Mar. 18 Idaho 7:30 p.m. Poster Giveaway
Sat. Mar. 19 Idaho 7:30 p.m. Replica Jersey Giveaway
Sun. Mar. 20 Idaho 4:00 p.m. Family Day
Fri. Mar. 25 Victoria 7:30 p.m. "Thunder's Easy Being Green"
Sat. Mar. 26 Victoria 7:30 p.m. "Thunder's Easy Being Green"
Sun. Mar. 27 Victoria 4:00 p.m. Family Day
Wed. Mar. 30 Las Vegas 7:00 p.m. Fan Appreciation Night/ Family Night

*Promotions and dates subject to change
**Giveaways subject to age restrictions

-Written by the StocktonThunder.com-
*Reprinted by Oilers Jambalaya with permission from Stockton Thunder Professional Hockey Club, ECHL. The Stockton Thunder are a proud 'AA' affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers (NHL)*

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