David Towers was recently selected by the San Jose Sharks to attend the NHL’s Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago on New Year’s Day. The entire prize package included a Southwest Airline gift card worth $500, two free nights at a Chicago hotel and two tickets to the Winter Classic hockey game.
For Towers, it was a terrific way to spend the New Year’s weekend, even if he had to move on short notice.
“I found out four days before the game,” said Towers of the invitation. “I was planning to have a barbeque and watch it on TV.”
Then the phone call came from the Sharks and plans changed drastically.
“I was on a December 31 flight out with Southwest,” said Towers who first went to purchase some winter wear before departing California.
Towers had two tickets and quickly made a call to a friend north of the border.
“My buddy from Toronto came with me and we stayed at the hotel the League was staying at,” said Towers.
Once in the Windy City, Towers took some time to visit parts of Chicago after watching the World Junior game between Canada and the United States with some NHL Executives.
“We went out New Year’s Eve and the next day woke up to go get our tickets,” said Towers.
Tower proudly displayed his loyalty to the men in teal while braving the cold winds of Chicago.
“I was wearing my Sharks gear, a teal jersey and a Sharks toque,” said Towers. “It was cold, but it was fun.”
Seat angles were awkward in the baseball stadium, but the atmosphere was something that took over more than just Wrigley Field. The feeling in the air was the best part of the game.
“It was the atmosphere,” said Towers. “The electricity was in the air with the game in an old baseball stadium. The entire city was focused on it and everybody was talking about it. You felt surrounded by hockey and that's a great feeling to have.”
One of the highlights was the singing of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” by some hockey greats during an intermission.
“They had Stan Makita and Bobby Hull sing Take Me Out To The Ball Game with some former Cubs players,” said Towers.
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The Sharks will host Calgary on Thursday night at HP Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. and the contest will be on CSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and www.sjsharks.com.