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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
Wayne Gretzky and Contest Winner Mike Brand
Mike Brand’s bags are packed.  

The winner of the “Road Trip With Gretzky and the Coyotes” contest has been ready to go since the moment the white #99 Coyotes road jersey peeked out from his suitcase at center ice on January 17th.  Choosing the lucky suitcase awarded Brand and a guest the once-in-a-lifetime experience of accompanying the Coyotes on a road trip to Dallas in February.  

Brand, a Coyotes season ticket holder and Coyotes Booster Club member, was randomly chosen along with four other fans for the chance to win a road trip during second intermission of the January 17th game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Five suitcases were displayed “Deal or No Deal” style at center ice by the Coyotes Pack Dancers, and each finalist was given the chance to select one of the numbered suitcases.  Brand was the fourth of the five contestants to select his suitcase and chose number 1, which contained the white Gretzky jersey and his tickets to Dallas.   Joining Brand on the trip will be friend Lisa Roberts, with whom Brand made a pre-game pact that if either of them won the trip, the other would be their guest.

The remaining finalists not only kept the jersey from their suitcase, but all five received a surprise visit from Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky, who greeted all five shortly after leaving the ice.  He took a photo with each and thanked them for their support of a team, which like Mike Brand, is definitely going places.


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