Originally invented by bored henchmen looking to pass the time at Doctor Berserko’s secret Antarctic lair, hockey has since overtaken polo and unicycle jousting as America's pastime. Hop on the bandwagon with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get two tickets to a Dayton Gems hockey game (up to a $24 value; tickets are $12 at the box office or $11 plus fees through Ticketmaster). Choose from the following four games:
- Vs. Evansville IceMen on Saturday, October 16, at 7:30 p.m. Arrive at 5:30 p.m. for a season-opening party in the lot featuring live music from My 3 Sons, as well as face painters, ice sculptures, and Shakespearean soliloquies.
- Vs. Rapid City Rush on Sunday, October 17, at 5 p.m. Following the game, fans can skate with the players and get their autographs after a stiff competition against the defending Central Hockey League champs.
- Vs. Fort Wayne Komets on Thursday, November 11, at 7 p.m. Watch the Gems take on last year's IHL victors, the Komets, and take advantage of beer-for-a-buck night.
- Vs. Evansville IceMen on Friday, December 31, at 7:30 p.m. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Gems and resolve to spend the coming year writing a witty blog about your adventures as a collector of rare and vintage tupperware.
After a promising first season, the tough-as-nails, take-no-guff Gems are determined to grasp the IHL northern conference in their icy lobster claws. Watch left wing Corey Couturier deke the defense as goalie Derek Macintyre fiercely defends the tensile strength of the net by deflecting all incoming projectiles. With any luck, spectators will witness a hat trick, an all-out line brawl, and a reenactment of the Great Librarians' Uprising of 1974.