Several special events highlight the upcoming series versus St. Cloud for Seawolves fans. First up, on Friday, the Seawolf Athletic Association will be hosting a Coach's Luncheon beginning at 11:30am in the Lucy Cuddy Center on Campus.
I don't know the specific menu involved for this event but I do know the last one associated with the Mankato series served Filet Mignon and Halibut and was described in glowing terms as incomprehensibly delicious and the absolute best lunch deal in town.
So shove $20 bucks in your wallet and head down there Friday for lunch, speeches from coaches and dialogue with your fellow Seawolves supporters. I'm promised you'll not regret going. I don't know if Bob Motzko could possibly be funnier than Air Force's Frank Serratore but I'll bet you Dr. Cobb will keep his remarks brief, for once.
Following the game on Saturday, the Seawolves players will return to the ice for one of their Skate With The Seawolves events. Bring your kids skates and helmets to give them chance to hit the ice with guys. Hockey players universally enjoy these "skate with" events and the chance to body check, slew foot and otherwise maim ... oh wait ... no they don't; I made that up. Seriously, there isn't a skate with event anywhere that players don't enjoy and young kids don't build lasting memories.
I remember being an on-field "ball boy" for a couple of North American Soccer League games in Denver when I was young. In my minds eye, I can still see Peter Bonetti (one of the truly great goalkeepers of all time) flying up to the high corner to push a Chaka Ngobo shot wide. I also have vivid memories as a 10 year old attending and putting a move or two on college aged soccer players at Midwestern University.
So don't let your kids miss out on some really good stuff. The more the merrier eh?
Concomitantly on the north side of the arena, the SAA will be hosting a Seawolves Jersey Auction for fans to raise funds. I don't have a list of jersey numbers available but if you've wanted a jersey here's your chance to get one of those "authentic game worn" sweaters that are so coveted by collectors.
I have never bid on one but I understand the prices can climb pretty high when more than a couple of people have their hearts set on specific numbers. So like they say on PBS, bid early and bid often if you want to secure one of this precious memorabilia.
On Friday night the first 1000 folks through the door will receive a "Live Green" reusable bag as they enter the arena. On Saturday the first 2000 fans will be given one of the "Howl For The Home Team" refrigerator magnets.