West Coast Hockey Tour in February and March

I have a little time away from work coming up, an available car, and a desire to see some hockey.  That means it’s time for a hockey road trip.

Checking out my schedule, and looking around at what I would want to do, I decided quickly that I wanted to see a bunch of hockey along the west coast of America, a place that only recieves slightly more respect in the hockey world than the Southeast division of the NHL, which only gets slightly more respect than the Mexico national team.

I’m still working out a bunch of the details, but I have my game schedule solidified.  Home team is listed first.

Feb 12:  LA Kings vs Calgary Flames      NHL
Feb 14:  Ontario Reign vs Utah Grizzlies         ECHL
Feb 15:  Anaheim Ducks vs Atlanta Thrashers        NHL
Feb 17:  San Jose Sharks vs Edmonton Oilers          NHL
Feb 21:  Bakersfield Condors vs Victoria Salmon Kings        ECHL
Feb 22:  Bakersfield Condors vs Alaska Aces          ECHL
Feb 23:  Fresno Falcons vs Alaska Aces                  ECHL
(team folded)
Feb 24:  Fresno Falcons vs Alaska Aces (optional)               ECHL (team folded)
Feb 25:  Stockton Thunder vs Las Vegas Wranglers             ECHL
Feb 28:  Everett Silvertips vs Vancouver Giants              WHL
Mar 1:  Tri-City Americans vs Portland Winterhawks      WHL
Mar 3:  Portland Winterhawks vs Everett Silvertips         WHL
Mar 6:  Seattle Thunderbirds vs Tri-City Americans       WHL
Mar 7:  Seattle Thunderbirds vs Tri-City Americans       WHL
Mar 11:  Spokane Chiefs vs Everett Silvertips                 WHL
Mar 13: Rapid City Rush vs Tulsa Oilers  (bonus game)       CHL

For those keeping track, that’s 16 14 games, 13 12 home teams, 22 21teams total, in 29 days.  Not a completely packed schedule, but it keeps me busy. Rapid City, SD is thrown in because it is in line with my return to work, plus they are a brand new team with a brand new arena, so it’s worth checking out.

You can find a rough map of the trip here.

For this trip, I plan on taking a lot of pictures, recording some audio, and maybe even posting some hockey history of each team along the way (when I can).

I’ve put up a twitter-like micro blog so I can do short updates, including pictures from my camera phone.  You can find it at:

http://www.jerseysandhockeylove.com/wcht/

And anything worth doing is worth starting a facebook group about, right?  Which you can find:

Here.

If there are any bloggers who want to meet up for beers before or after the games, or at the game itself, drop me a line here.  If anyone has suggestions of hockey related things to do while I’m in some of these towns, let me know, either in the comments, or via the contact form.

I did something like this several years ago, taking a tour through the old UHL (14 teams at the time) plus six teams in the Central Hockey League.  It was a lot of fun, and I got a bunch of pictures, but I didn’t have a blog at the time, or any other place to share the experience.  Hopefully, I will be able to share with you what the hockey world looks like out west.

Even though it’s still two months away, it helps to get a jump on the planning.  If you want to drop by a game I will be at, I’d love to meet you.

Update: The Fresno Falcons have folded, opening up the schedule, but disappointing me.  Not as much as their fans, I’m sure.  Sorry Falcons fans.

Comments

  1. Won’t be able to meet you, obviously, but I will be looking forward to following along. Also, I will be pestering you to get me a Thunderbirds t-shirt.

  2. I’ll get you that shirt.

  3. I’ll meet ya in Tri! Very exciting, you’re seeing a TON of games and seeing my boys a couple times!

  4. I’ll meet you in SJ for the Sharks-Oil game. Is the Stockton Thunder game in Stockton or Vegas. If it’s in Stockton I might meet you for that too (depending on the day of the week)

  5. Jib – The Thunder vs Wranglers game is in Stockton on a Wednesday night. 7:00 game. I have yet to buy my tickets. Should I get two for these?

  6. Probably not. Stockton is about 2&1/2 hours away from SJ, and more at rush hour, so getting there and back on a weekday, with work the next day, would be extremely difficult.

    But I will definitely go with you to the Sharks-Edmonton game on Tuesday the 17th.

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