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Monday, September 5, 2011

Kids Enter To Be Coach For A Day With The Stockton Thunder

Unique kids contest awards grand prize winner a day to help coach the Thunder

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder, a two time recipient of the ECHL “Award of Excellence,” has announced a “Coach For a Day” sweepstakes contest, lasting through Oct. 14 and offering kids a once in a lifetime opportunity to act as coach of the Thunder for a day.

The contest, open to young fans between ages 7-13, will present a hands-on experience to lead a hockey team through the thrill and excitement of a game day at Stockton Arena, revolving around the Thunder’s Oct. 29 home game against the Idaho Steelheads at 7:30 p.m.

The grand prize winner will receive an exclusive behind-the-scenes coaching experience which includes an authentic “one day” contract as a coach of the Thunder, access to the team’s morning skate at Stockton Arena, opportunity to announce the starting lineup to the team before the game in the locker room and participation in the pregame ceremonial puck drop.

Kids can enter by submitting a written or typed entry (two pages, maximum) and answer one of the following topics:

“Why I love the Stockton Thunder …”

“Why I am a fan of the Stockton Thunder …”

“Why I think I would make a great coach for a day …”

Additionally, the winner will also receive a free ticket to that night’s game and have their winning essay posted publicly at and the Thunder official Facebook page.

All participants will also receive a free ticket to the game that night and be recognized on the ice during the second intermission.

Contestants are encouraged to submit their entry by email to Jessica Fillo, Thunder manager of game operations and community relations at The grand prize winner of “Coach For a Day” will be announced at Opening Night on Friday, Oct. 14, when the Thunder hosts the Colorado Eagles at 7:30 p.m.

Entries can also be submitted by fax at (209) 373-1525, by mailing the Thunder at 248 W. Fremont Street, Stockton, CA. 95203 or delivering to the Thunder business offices at Stockton Arena between 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Opening Night is Friday, Oct. 14, when the Thunder opens the 2011-12 regular season at home against the Colorado Eagles, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Stockton Arena. The game will be a historic ECHL event to welcome in the Eagles, who will play in their inaugural game after spending the previous eight seasons in the Central Hockey League.
The Thunder are freezing most Season Ticket prices for the 2011-12 season, which are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (209) 373-1500 or by visiting Thunder Season Ticket Holders enjoy the highest-demanded seating locations in Stockton Arena, 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. Individual ticket prices will be announced soon.

For more information about tickets, merchandise, or other inquiries contact the Stockton Thunder offices at (209) 373-1500 or visit


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