Hockey is the fastest paced of all major sports, because its players rush to complete the game before the ice field melts into vinegar. Enjoy the acidic thrill of competition with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $25, you get a hockey outing to see the Regina Pats battle the Kelowna Rockets at the Brandt Centre on Wednesday, December 14, at 7 p.m. (up to a $50 total value). Doors open at 6 p.m. The package includes the following items:
- Two open-seating general-admission tickets (up to a $40 value, including fees)
- Two hot dogs (a $10 value)<p>
The Regina Pats thrill fans and rattle WHL rivals with speedy skates, dramatic hat tricks, and hard-hitting body checks. This season, centre Jordan Weal leads the offence with 12 goals and 26 assists over 25 games played. Cheer on wings Chandler Stephenson and Lane Scheidl as they attempt to maintain their team’s cold tyranny with swift passes, speed-of-sound shots, and gentle camaraderie composed of deep, meaningful silence and smouldering eye contact. Fans watch all the icy action while munching on a hot dog in a seat of their choosing, as opposed to being assigned a lawn chair teetering on one of the arena’s rafters.
The Brandt Centre welcomes hockey enthusiasts with 6,000 seats and unobstructed views of the rink. In addition to hosting puck battles, the ice houses curling championships, figure-skating exhibitions, and flocks of lost goslings looking for their mothers.
When the Regina Pats slid out onto the ice in 1917, their sweaters read “The Patricias,” in honor of Princess Patricia of Connaught, and they had little tolerance for opponents who dared giggle at the name. Of the original teams in that early era, the Pats have had the last laugh, as they are the only ones still standing, making them North America’s oldest Junior Hockey franchise.
Since the days of horse-drawn zambonis, the Pats have taken several championships. They won the Memorial Cup in 1925, 1930, and 1974, and they also took the Western Hockey League Championship in 1974 and 1980. In addition to preparing more than 100 players for careers in the NHL, the Pats have also sent the most athletes to play for Canada in the World Junior Hockey Championships.