By Jenelyn Russo
Special to AnaheimDucks.com
With the return of Ducks hockey comes the return of the the Wild Wingers Kids Club presented by WSS, which gives young Ducks fans and their families the opportunity to support and cheer on their favorite hockey team.
This season’s featured Kids Club Captain is Patrick Maroon, and the Ducks winger is enthusiastic about the chance to interact with some of the team’s youngest fans.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Maroon says. “I’m excited that I get to work with the Kids Club going forward. Hopefully I’ll be able to entertain the kids as much as possible and good things will happen.”
|Membership in “the coolest club on ice” includes an exclusive Maroon bobblehead and jersey t-shirt, a Wild Wingers Kids Club beanie and water bottle, a 12-month wall calendar and a ticket voucher to a select 2015-16 Anaheim Ducks home game. It all costs just $25 per year. |
Membership in “the coolest club on ice” includes an exclusive Maroon bobblehead and jersey t-shirt, a Wild Wingers Kids Club beanie and water bottle, a 12-month wall calendar and a ticket voucher to a select 2015-16 Anaheim Ducks home game. It all costs just $25 per year.
After having the chance to view the items included in this year’s kit, Maroon was admittedly impressed with the resemblance to his bobblehead.
“They did a really good job,” he said. “I thought that was me.”
Benefits of membership also include discounts to local businesses such as WSS Shoes, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, The Rinks and the Anaheim Ducks Team Store powered by Rebook (located at Honda Center).
Additionally, Kids Club members and their families will enjoy exclusive access to events and parties throughout the season, including the Kids Club Welcome Party, a Holiday Skate Party at Honda Center, a party at Medieval Times and the annual End of the Year Party at Knott’s Berry Farm, where Maroon is scheduled to be joined by other Ducks players for a Q&A session and autograph signing.
All registered Kids Club members will be entered to win prizes each week through social media channels as well as at home games. And kids can visit the Kids Club are outside section 214 at Honda Center each month during Ducks home games to pick up authentic Anaheim Ducks player buttons.
As father to his seven-year old son, Anthony, Maroon agrees that being a parent shapes how he views his role with the Kids Club. And living most of the year away from his son (who resides at Maroon’s home in St. Louis), makes participation as Kids Club Captain even more important.
|“They did a really good job,” Maroon said of the bobblehead. “I thought that was me.” |
“I think being it’s a big part of me because, not being with my son all the time during the year, it brings me to these other kids that I can spend some time with and interact with,” he says.
Maroon recounted a time in 1995 after the New Jersey Devils won the Stanley Cup when he had the chance to meet and have a puck signed by both Scott Niedermayer and goalie Martin Brodeur. Although a professional athlete himself now, Maroon hasn’t forgotten the impression an interaction like that can have on a young fan.
“The kids are entertained by it,” Maroon says. “They look up to players like this, they look up to professional athletes. It’s just special and dear to my heart, and I love dealing with this kind of stuff.”
As the Ducks prepare for a season that hopefully sees them playing long into the spring, Maroon says the team is focused and ready for the puck to drop.
“I’m just excited for the season,” said Maroon. “I think we have a really good core group of guys in here. Our goal is to go all the way this year—to win—but you’ve got to take one game at a time. I think everyone is just excited and anxious to get out there again.”
Visit wildwingerskidsclub.com or stop by the Kids Club booth outside Section 214 at Honda Center during any Anaheim Ducks home game to purchase this year’s Wild Wingers Kids Club membership for just $25.