The west coast hockey tour turns into reality in two weeks, and aside from San Jose Sharks and Seattle Thunderbirds tickets, everything is set. There have been a few changes to the schedule, but it has remained very similar to the original plan, minus the Fresno Falcons.
Itinerary (home team listed first):
Feb 12: LA Kings vs Calgary Flames
Feb 13: Public Skate at Paramount Iceland with the first Zamboni
Feb 14: Ontario Reign vs Utah Grizzlies
Feb 15: Anaheim Ducks vs Atlanta Thrashers
Feb 16: LA Kings vs Atlanta Thrashes (Armenian Heritage Night)
Feb 17: San Jose Sharks vs Edmonton Oilers
Feb 20-22: Bakersfield Hockey-Thon
Feb 21: Bakersfield Condors vs Victoria Salmon Kings
Feb 22: Condors Alumni vs. West Coast All-Stars
Feb 22: Bakersfield Condors vs Alaska Aces
Feb 25: Stockton Thunder vs Las Vegas Wranglers
Feb 28: Everett Silvertips vs Vancouver Giants
Mar 1: Tri-City Americans vs Portland Winterhawks
Mar 3: Portland Winterhawks vs Everett Silvertips
Mar 6: Seattle Thunderbirds vs Tri-City Americans
Mar 7: Seattle Thunderbirds vs Tri-City Americans
Mar 11: Spokane Chiefs vs Everett Silvertips
Mar 13: Rapid City Rush vs Tulsa Oilers
Along with all that, the Bakersfield Condors will be having a 41 hour hockey-thon to benefit a breast cancer resource center, which I am planning on skating in. Who cares if I am out of shape and a defensive liability. That hasn’t stopped the Avs this season (ZING!!!). I doubt it will be as “hot” as this breast cancer awareness night, but the refs may be better dressed.
Paramount Iceland doesn’t have a schedule up of skate times in February, but as soon as I know, I will put the time here. Come down and say hi.
The days off have been booked with a little time to decompress, like a few days in San Luis Obispo, and two in Yosemite. The drive from Stockton to Everett, WA will be along the pacific coast highway.
If there is something I should see that I am missing, please let me know in the comments. It’s hard when there aren’t enough hockey travel resources (even on the web) to get a good overview of what this land of ours holds.
I will be microblogging the trip with short updates here, as well as turning JAHL into a travel blog of sorts, with pictures from the games, updates from the road, and trying to take you all with me. And I have a facebook group here. Because anything worth doing is worth having a facebook group about, right?
If you are going to be at any of these games, stop by and say hello.