The Die Hards took part in the 2014 CHOC Walk in the Park at the Disneyland Resort.
|“Obviously they support our team a lot. They are a group of people who really enjoy being around the organization and watching hockey. I think it’s something to be proud of.” |
By Jenelyn Russo
When it comes to Ducks hockey, there’s no better place to join some of the most loyal and supportive Ducks fans out there than with the Anaheim Ducks Die Hards, the organization’s official booster club.
Back this season with memberships presented by The Tilted Kilt in Orange (where the club holds Ducks watch parties throughout the season), this year’s kit is loaded with everything fans need to cheer on the Ducks. For $50, members receive items such as a Die Hards backpack, a 3/4-sleeve t-shirt, a chrome license plate frame and an Andrew Cogliano bobblehead.
Cogliano is serving as the “face of the Die Hards” this season, and he is more than willing to support this dedicated group of fans.
“It’s great. I did some stuff last year to get involved [with the Die Hards] and I told the guys I’d love to be involved again,” said the Ducks forward, whose ironman streak is currently second in the NHL (550 games through October 29). “Obviously they support our team a lot. They are a group of people who really enjoy being around the organization and watching hockey. I think it’s something to be proud of.”
And Cogliano is pleased with how his bobblehead turned out—missing teeth and all. “I think it looks pretty good,” he said. “I think they did a decent job.”
In addition to the kit items and exclusive access to parties and road trips, a Die Hards membership provides several opportunities during the season for fans to come together in support of various charities throughout Orange County.
|“That’s one thing about this organization is that they’re really involved in the community," says Cogliano, posing with the bobblehead of him that's part of this year's membership kit. "They do a lot of good things for Orange County. [The Die Hards] are obviously a big part of that and they do a good job. They have a group of people who enjoy doing it.” |
Taking their lead from Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli, the Die Hards also support local organizations such as CHOC Children’s, We Give Thanks and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
Die Hards members recently donned their Ducks gear and joined the nearly 16,000 participants at the 2014 CHOC Walk in the Park at the Disneyland Resort, where the booster club fielded a team of 60 participants, including 50 walkers, raising $7,500 toward the $2 million raised that day in support of treatment, education and research in pediatric care at CHOC.
The early arrival at Downtown Disney before sunrise didn’t deter the Die Hards, who carried posters and cheered along the 5K route through Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure in support of the Ducks and their ongoing partnership with Orange County’s only freestanding children’s hospital.
The Die Hards also set aside time a few days a year at CHOC to help assemble arts and crafts packages that are provided to the kids as a way of help making their stay a little brighter.
In November, they team up with We Give Thanks in helping to prepare the turkey dinners served to more than 20,000 people at Honda Center on Thanksgiving Day.
And the Die Hards support the work of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County by helping them organize donations at their warehouse as they meet the food needs of over 240,000 locally each month.
Additionally, the Die Hards support the Anaheim Ducks initiatives that aim to grow the sport of hockey locally, providing assistance with many of the Ducks youth education and fitness programs such as First Flight Field Trip and Captain’s Challenge.
In appreciation for their contributions in the community, Die Hards members earn Volunteer Incentive Points (VIP) for their time that can be accrued and redeemed throughout the season for Ducks merchandise.
Cogliano recognizes the importance of both Ducks players and fans volunteering in the local community and supports the Die Hards’ efforts to do so. “I think it’s great,” he says. “That’s one thing about this organization is that they’re really involved in the community. They do a lot of good things for Orange County. [The Die Hards] are obviously a big part of that and they do a good job. They have a group of people who enjoy doing it.”
And Cogliano is ready to help with these efforts in whatever role needed, placing a priority on setting a good example for the newer players with the club.
“If it’s help with raising money, appearances, not just for their events, but if they set up certain things that they need me to go to, that’s a way to help,” he says. “Also, I’m able to talk to some of the guys as well and see if they want to come along. We’ve got a lot of young guys on the team who should be involved in charities and involved with the community.”
Visit ducksdiehards.com or stop by Section 214 at Honda Center during any Anaheim Ducks home game to purchase this year’s Ducks Die Hards membership for just $50.