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AHL Sound Tigers offer free tickets this weekend

Friday, 11.02.2012 / 1:10 PM / News

NHL.com

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the New York Islanders' AHL affiliate, will offer free admission to their two home games this weekend.

The Sound Tigers are scheduled to host the Hershey Bears on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Webster Bank Arena.

"We've seen the damage -- we feel it," team president Howard Saffan said in a statement. "We want to give back to the community. … We encourage you to bring your friends and family to Webster Bank Arena this weekend and enjoy yourselves during this difficult time."

The Sound Tigers are also encouraging fans to bring non-perishable food items to the games to aid people severely impacted by Sandy.

Tickets are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. through game time on Saturday and Sunday. Bridgeport players are distributing free tickets and signing autographs at the Westfield Connecticut Post Mall in Milford and the Westfield Trumbull Mall on Friday afternoon.

Saffan said fans that have already purchased tickets will be able to exchange them for any other home game in 2012 except for those against the Connecticut Whale -- the New York Rangers' top farm team.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery