Blogs | 10/9/2011 3:13:45 PM | Don Stevens
So we’ve just completed our first game of the season and we’re now on the bus heading home as I write this. It’s very quiet as the players and coaches are obviously quite disappointed. A 5-2 loss to start the season in Hamilton certainly shows there’s work to be done.
But, I was entertained by the game. I thought the team worked hard and I especially liked the way they went hard to the net. The new Amerks created a lot of opportunities, but ended up shooting themselves in the foot with the flurry of penalties in the second period, and a couple other bad breaks.
The best part… the first game is out of the way. Now everyone can settle down and begin to improve on all the little things and hopefully the Amerks will get a few of those good bounces Thursday night.
I’m really excited about what’s ahead in the next few days. One of the best parts of what I do is meeting and getting to spend time with so many great individuals… players, coaches and staff. And now I’ll have a chance to catch up with some that I’ve know since they played back in juniors. Telling stories and remembering all the good times is such a rush.
The really good news is that you will have the same opportunities that I have. Tuesday night, 5:30 p.m. at The Distillery on Mount Hope Avenue is the season kick-off party. Players and coaches will be there to meet and sign autographs. You’ll be able to get a close-up look at all the new Amerks. And it carries over to the home opener Thursday. I especially want to encourage everyone to come out early Thursday. Starting around 4:30, the current players will “walk the red carpet” into the front atrium at the Blue Cross. It’ll be another chance for a good look at all the new faces. Then around 5:15, you’ll be able to go back in time to meet and greet some of the many great players from the past. They too will walk the red carpet, stopping for pictures, autographs, or even just a chat with an old friend. The returning alumni will also be introduced on the ice before the game, but with the face-off at 7:05, make sure you are in your seats early to see this part of the celebration. It’s going to be a night to remember, and I think there’ll be some other things you’ll see in the arena that will really impress you.
So the “Pegula era” is underway. Wouldn’t it be great to see a packed house for the first home game? We can only hope the outcome of the first home game is quite different that the outcome of the first road game.