11/28/2018 4:06 PM
Article By: Kevin Hargrave
Rockford, Ill. - The Rockford IceHogs kick off a busy stretch of December home games this weekend with Central Division matchups against the Milwaukee Admirals and San Antonio Rampage. This weekend's promo slate features the annual Teddy Bear Toss on Saturday, Dec. 1, and a Winter Hat Giveaway (courtesy of BMO Harris Bank) on Sunday, Dec. 2.
SATURDAY, DEC. 1 vs. MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS
Time: Puck drop is at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Teddy Bear Toss: Fans are encouraged to bring in plush toys/animals to throw onto the ice after the IceHogs score their first goal of the game Saturday. The stuffed animals will then be collected and donated to local hospitals and kids charities. The Hogs collected and donated more than 3,700 stuffed animals during last year's event.
In addition to bears brought in by fans, Chicago Blackhawks Senior Director of Minor League Affiliations, Mark Bernard, will donate 25 bears (one bear for each goal the IceHogs scored in the month of November) as part of his annual “Bernie’s Bears” challenge. Fans interested in participating in the challenge are invited to match Bernard's donation and bring 25 bears to Saturday night’s game.
NOTE: The Teddy Bear Toss is an exclusion from the IceHogs’ game-day clear-bag policy. Fans may bring other bags to carry the stuffed animals, with all baggage subject to inspection upon entrance to the arena.
Red Kettle Night: The IceHogs will be teaming up with the Salvation Army on Saturday for Red Kettle Night. The Salvation Army will have bell ringers on the concourse to collect donations throughout the evening, and fans who make a donation of at least $20 will receive a free ticket voucher for any remaining IceHogs home game in the 2018-19 season.
The Salvation Army Band will also be on-hand to treat fans to live music in the Blue Flame Lounge prior to puck drop on Saturday.
Hops and Hogs: Saturday’s contest marks the second “Hops and Hogs” night of the season. For just $22, fans can purchase this package to receive an upper-end zone ticket and two beer tickets. The beer tickets can be redeemed Saturday at River City, Blue Flame Grill or Goose Island Deck on the BMO Harris Bank Center concourse for a choice of Budweiser or Bud Light beer. Alcohol sales will be available during Saturday's game through the end of the second intermission.
Tickets for “Hogs & Hops” can be purchased in-person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office or by calling the IceHogs front office at (815) 986-6465.
SUNDAY, DEC. 2 vs. SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE
Time: Puck drop is at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3 p.m.
Winter Hat Giveaway: The first 1,500 through the doors to receive a FREE IceHogs winter hat, courtesy of BMO Harris Bank.
Postgame Pictures with the IceHogs: Those in attendance for Sunday’s matchup are invited to come onto the ice following the game to take photos with their favorite IceHogs players. Please note, skates are not allowed, and fans will need to provide their own camera. Those interested are asked to line up at the top of section 101 or VIP entrance in the lower lobby following the game.
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office or any Ticketmaster location, by phone (815 968-5222) or online at IceHogs.com.
Broadcast: Fans can tune in to all the action on WIFR’s 23.2 Antenna TV or Dish Network Channel 252, beginning with IceHogs Warmup 30 minutes prior to puck drop. IceHogs fans can also listen to the game at sportsfanradio1330.com or Facebook.com/RockfordIceHogs, or watch live at Watchtheahl.com (subscription required). Fans can also follow in-game updates via the IceHogs’ Twitter, @goicehogs.
Clear-Bag Policy: The BMO Harris Bank Center will be enforcing its game-day, clear-bag policy. For details on the policy, CLICK HERE.