The Ducks will hold a “HockeyFest” at Valley View Casino Center (3500 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110) from noon – 3 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 22 to celebrate the return of professional hockey to San Diego. The Ducks announced last month the purchase and relocation of their American Hockey League (AHL) club from Norfolk, Va., to San Diego. The club will play home games at Valley View Casino Center beginning this fall (2015-16 regular season).
The free event will feature the official unveiling of the AHL club’s name and logo. Ducks Owners Henry and Susan Samueli and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer will be on hand for the event. Sunday’s festivities will include family-friendly activities such as street hockey, a hardest shot challenge, a Ducks jump castle (bounce house), face painting, balloon stations, a photo booth and much more. In addition, the Anaheim Ducks Power Players will be on hand along with members of the Ducks Street Team. There will also be local live music in the Stella Artois Lounge from 1 – 2 p.m.
All attendees will have the opportunity to be entered to win two tickets to the AHL team’s home opener and a $100 gift card presented by Rockin Baja Lobster, a local restaurant and team partner. Complimentary hot dogs and soda will be available, along with t-shirts for the first 1,000 fans. Additional food and drinks will be available for purchase at concession stands throughout the building.
HockeyFest will also feature guest appearances and an autograph session presented by GigTown, a local music mobile application and team partner based in San Diego. Hockey legend Willie O’Ree will be joined by former San Diego hockey players Martin St. Amour, BJ MacPherson and Brad Belland. Following the autograph session, a hockey panel moderated by Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton will take place in the Stella Artois Lounge at 2 p.m. The panel and Q&A session will include David McNab (Ducks Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations), Ari Segal (San Diego AHL President of Business Operations) and O’Ree and cover the past, present and future of hockey in San Diego.
AHL team merchandise including branded apparel, hockey pucks, and rally merchandise (foam hands, pins, etc.) will be available for purchase.
Members of the THE RINKS Development Program will be on hand to provide information to local San Diego families regarding the Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play program powered by Ryan Getzlaf & Corey Perry. Learn to Play offers first-time hockey players between the ages of 4 and 12 the chance to learn to play for free. Participants will receive instruction on the basics of hockey and learn how to skate properly during the four-week session. Fans will be able to sign up for upcoming Learn to Play programs on Mar. 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. at KROC Center and Mar. 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Icetown Carlsbad. For information on THE RINKS program, visit www.The-Rinks.com.
Ticket pricing information will be available at HockeyFest, while the previously announced select-a-seat will be postponed until a future date. Sales representatives will be on site with additional information.
For more information, please call 1-844-DUCK-AHL or visit www.sandiegoahl.com. To continue receiving information regarding HockeyFest and the recently announced San Diego AHL franchise, text “SDAHL” to 55333 (message and data rates may apply).