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 $23, you get two lower level endzone tickets to see an Ontario Reign hockey game at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario (a $46 value, including a facility fee of $3 per ticket). Today’s deal is valid for any home game until January 31. Seats are located in sections 106–114. Tickets must be reserved over the phone one day before the game. Tickets are picked up at will call, or may be mailed for an additional fee. Gates open one-hour before game time.
The Ontario Reign lord over rival squads with deft stickhandling and freshly sharpened skate blades as they enter their fourth year in the ECHL. Today’s Groupon ushers guests to rink-side seats, where they can catch Zamboni drivers waxing their vehicles and the Reign's bone-crushing body-checks against opponents such as the Stockton Thunder and Utah Grizzlies. This season, the team aims to reclaim the Pacific Division crown and triple-lutz their way to the league championships. Recently signed forward Geoff Irwin plans to cut his Reign teeth by pummeling the goal with dozens of pucks. Hoping to top last year’s .906 save percentage, goalie Beau Erickson will block shots by building a giant snowman in front of the net.
Citizens Business Bank Arena teems with team spirit as the Reign's Ice Girls engage in jousting matches against mascots Blaze the Dragon and the four-wheeler-driving Dark Knight. In addition to watching gameday festivities such as Zamboni rides and simulation sumo wrestling, guests can score cheer-fueling promotional items, including Reign blankets and American Red Cross pucks at select games. Fans may also support the team by screaming “Go Reign” or spelling out “I love you” with arms, hot dogs (food not included in today's deal), or homemade hockey sticks.
From 2001–2015, the Reign were known, aptly enough, as the Monarchs. Their kingdom was Manchester, New Hampshire, and in 14 seasons there they reached the AHL playoffs 13 times, finally claiming the Calder Cup in 2014–15. Fresh off that franchise high note, the team moved to California in 2015, taking over the former ECHL team's name while retaining its proud affiliation with the Los Angeles Kings. As part of a brand new AHL division, the Reign's challenge will be to continue their historic dominance on the ice while trying to finally convince the referees to serve as their court jesters.