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10/13/2009 2:01 PM

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Rockford, Ill.– Renowned singer Jim Cornelison will perform the “Star Spangled Banner” as a part of the 2009-10 Opening Night Festivities on Friday, the Rockford IceHogs announced.
The IceHogs take on I-90 rivals, the Chicago Wolves, at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 at the Rockford MetroCentre to kick off the home portion of the American Hockey League team’s 2009-10 schedule.
Cornelison, known for his electrifying renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner,” has opened Chicago Blackhawks home games for more than ten years, including last season’s Winter Classic at Wrigley Field.
Additionally, the first 5,000 fans through the doors of the MetroCentre on Friday will get a 2009-2010 IceHogs wall calendar, courtesy of Maverick Media and 23 WIFR, and a set of Bam Bam Sticks, thanks to Dental Dimensions and U.S. Cellular.
Opening Weekend continues on Saturday, Oct. 17 when the IceHogs take on the Peoria Rivermen at 7:05 p.m. at the MetroCentre. The first 5,000 fans through the doors will collect an IceHogs 2009-2010 magnet schedule, courtesy of Dental Dimensions, U.S. Cellular, WTVO Channel 17, WNTA 1330AM and Guerilla Graffix.
IceHogs individual game tickets are now on sale!  Call (815) 968-5222 to reserve your seats for any IceHogs regular season game during the 2009-10 season.  Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rockford MetroCentre Box Office in downtown Rockford, or at Hog Headquarters inside Cherryvale Mall or on the Web at  Tickets start at just $10.