We’re over the hump. We’re more than half way through winter. But the forecast calls for more cold and snow. What’s one to do during brutal winters in West Michigan? You could battle the elements and go play in the snow, or watch others, play…on ice.
Kalamazoo boasts high caliber professional hockey that gives fans plenty of action before and after the ref’s blow their whistles. The K-Wings, in a new league this season, have delivered the promise of fast paced, physical hockey. The ECHL is the leading professional development league for the NHL and AHL. Many of its players make the leap to the big leagues.
The three games this past weekend had all the elements of great hockey. A total of 24 goals were netted. And if you snooze, you’ll lose out on all the fights. Roughing, tripping, hooking, slashing, boarding, fighting, holding, cross checking, unsportsmanlike conduct were just some of the penalties called.
All that rough-housing, rather skilled hockey play, paid off for the K-Wings. Albeit, banged and bruised, they are now sitting pretty atop the ECHL’s North Division. The Cincinnati Cyclones blow into town this Saturday on golden ice. It’s one of several times this season the Wings Stadium staff are busy putting a color to the icy playing surface. The Halloween contest featured orange ice, Valentines will have pink ice, and on St. Patty’s Day, the beer will be flowing in the stands, while the players race back and forth on green ice.
See for yourself; swift, precise athleticism on ice skates. Better yet, live vicariously when the gloves are off, and the fists fly. Really, what would hockey be without all the brawls?
Putting things into perspective: Do spectators attend a NASCAR event for the thrill of watching cars at top speeds go round and round a few hundred times only to cross the finish line unscathed? Let’s face it, the controlled road rage sporting event is most exciting when the metal boxes on wheels crash and burn.
The same rules apply when spectators flock to ice arenas across the country for hockey.
Check out the action for yourself. I'll drop the puck for the Golden Ice Game against The Cyclones this Saturday....face-Off @ 7:30p.m.