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 $17, you get one ticket to a Lake Erie Monsters AHL hockey game at the Quicken Loans Arena (an up to $29 value). Seating is at the 100 level. Join mascot Sullivan C. Goal in cheering on the Monsters on either February 12 (vs. the Hamilton Bulldogs, 7:30 p.m.) or February 26 (vs. the Syracuse Crunch, 7:30 p.m.). Simply present your Groupon at Quicken Loans Arena's box-office will call area to redeem your tickets on your preferred night.
In their third year as an AHL team, the Monsters are hoping to land a coveted playoff spot. Even if you don't know the first thing about hockey (which is known as "football" in Europe), you'll soon learn to love the brutal ballet of power plays and slap shots, the spray of skate-shredded ice, and the satisfying Plexiglas ka-thunk of a well-executed body check—especially the way the Monsters like to play the game. With $1 hot dogs and $1 sodas available on both nights (not included in your Groupon), a Monsters game also gives you a date option that’s cheaper and less dangerous than a hot-air balloon dogfight.
Escape the ice-laden outdoors for a fun night of indoor hockey amidst an ice-laden rink with today's Groupon.
The Plain Dealer covered the Monsters' enthralling January 22 match against the Texas Stars:
- [Coach David] Quinn's crew, playing at home for the first time since Jan. 5, showed no signs of stage fright and was terrific through two periods. The Monsters dominated the second, scoring three times for a 3-0 lead. Each goal came wrapped in the type of noise Cavaliers fans reserve for a LeBron James breakaway slam. – Dennis Manoloff, Plain Dealer
Lake Erie Monsters
An AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Lake Erie Monsters began as the Utah Grizzlies in 2001 before migrating to Cleveland in 2007. After the team clinched its first playoff berth in 2011, the subsequent season drew record crowds to Quicken Loans Arena, where fans' screams bounce off the rafters to form classic jock-jam echoes.