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Checkers, Sound Tigers play in empty arena, great tweets ensue

Team closed game to fans because of inclement weather in Charlotte @NHL

The Charlotte Checkers weren't going to let a little snow rain on their parade.

After a winter storm dumped six inches of snow on Charlotte, North Carolina, the Checkers, of the American Hockey League, decided to close the game to fans rather than reschedule their game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Wednesday, and they made the best of the situation by tweeting through it.

Only a few essential team employees came to work, so they were doing any and all jobs that needed to be done.

Tweet from @CheckersHockey: The ticket sales staff are now CheckMates

Tweet from @CheckersHockey: Our finance guy is our PA announcer

Tweet from @CheckersHockey: Our corporate sales guy is running the video board

Tweet from @CheckersHockey: Our merchandise manager is running a camera

Tweet from @CheckersHockey: And finally, our COO is the DJ.Things are weird. #BehindClosedDoors2

Tweet from @CheckersHockey: When you���re a ticket guy and they make you clean the ice

The mascot, Chubby was not one of the essential employees, so they came up with a pretty good substitute.

Tweet from @CheckersHockey: Chubby couldn���t make it, but I think we found a temporary replacement #BehindClosedDoors2

Until, that is, they dusted off Chubby's costume and put it on the team's corporate servicing specialist.

Tweet from @CheckersHockey: Chubby is here! JK it���s our corporate servicing specialist. She���s trying.

When it was time for player rituals, this one lacked a little enthusiasm. But kudos to goalie Jeremy Smith for staying in the spirit of things.

Tweet from @CheckersHockey: High fives for everybody! #BehindClosedDoors2

Come puck drop, the crowd went wild. (The crowd did not go wild.)

Tweet from @CheckersHockey: The crowd goes wild for the start of tonight���s big game! #BehindClosedDoors2

Intermission games didn't really go as well as when they have their normal 6,000 fans in attendance.

Tweet from @CheckersHockey: Would anybody like to play an intermission game #AwkwardSilence #BehindClosedDoors2

Hey, what's a hockey game without "Cotton Eyed Joe?" So there was that, at least.

Tweet from @CheckersHockey: Best way to hype up a non-existent crowd? Cotton-Eyed Joe, hands down.

They even tried the Kiss Cam, but, sadly, it lacked the smooches we expect to warm our hearts.

Tweet from @CheckersHockey: Awwwwwww!#BehindClosedDoors2

In the end, the Checkers won the game 4-3, and everyone stayed safe in the process. This was the second time the Checkers played in an empty arena because of bad weather. They did the same on Jan. 22, 2016. But if they ever have to do it again, we know there will be no shortage of fun.

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