Winter’s cold has two upsides: blanketing hills in fluffy snow and thinning the population of curious children by sticking their tongues to steel poles. Enjoy the cold’s next-best consequence with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get one ticket to a Abbotsford Heat hockey game at Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre (a $31 value). Seating will be in a blue area on the seating chart Choose from the following games:
- Against Oklahoma City on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m.
- Against Oklahoma City on Saturday, November 5 at 7 p.m.
- Against San Antonio on Friday, November 25, at 7 p.m.
- Against San Antonio on Sunday, November 27 at 1 p.m.<p>
Entering their third American Hockey League season, the Abbotsford Heat sharpen their skates and tape their sticks in anticipation of home-rink victories as swarms of puck devotees root them on. During two early November bouts, the Heat challenge the Oklahoma City Barons with a combination of dedicated teamwork, adroit goaltending, and several heart-pounding numbers from mascot Hawkey’s ice-show adaptation of Oklahoma! between face-offs. The San Antonio Rampage skate into town at the tail end of the month to contest the Heat’s bevy of back checks, precise puck passes, and countless caroms. The Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre comfortably houses fans and confused ice fishermen in its 7,044 seats, and on Friday games fans can enjoy Loonie Toonie Dog ‘n’ Brew Night with $1 hot dogs and $2 beers available.
The top minor-league affiliate of the Calgary Flames, the Abbotsford Heat joined the American Hockey League in 2009, when the team made a valiant entrance by reaching the Calder Cup playoffs in its maiden season. Having fostered a number of players who went on to don the NHL's iconic tuxedos, the Heat reigns over the ice at the Entertainment & Sports Centre, where up to 7,000 fans cheer on every thundering slapshot and board-rattling check.