Hockey Night in Huntsville – September 23rd at the Iceplex

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Hockey Night in Huntsville will start at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23rd down at the IcePlex. Here are the events involved:

  • Skate With the Chargers: 7:00-8:15. Skates can be rented at the IcePlex for $5.
  • All skaters will be able to take part in skills competitions: hardest shot, fastest skater, and conquering an obstacle course.
  • At 8:30, the Chargers will host an intra-squad skills competition. I saw a skills competition during the practice after the overtime win at UNO last season, and it was a lot of fun.

This should be a great event for everyone. The students will be there getting ready for the student section, so it promises to be a boisterous affair.

Free General Admission for Home Opener Against Lake State

The University announced Tuesday that general admission tickets for for the home opener at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, October 1st will be free.

The free tickets for the 7 p.m. contest will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis that night at the Von Braun Center box office.

Reserved downstairs tickets for the showdown with the Lakers will be available for $10 and can be purchased in advance or the night of at the box office, by calling (256) 551-2345, or by visiting ticketmaster.com.

Come on out to the VBC and bring your friends—let’s pack the VBC out!

[Note: We previously reported on Facebook that GA would be free for both games. We were incorrect, and we regret the error.]

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Incoming Interview: Jeff Vanderlugt

Jeff Vanderlugt played his final season of junior hockey with the Surrey Eagles of the British Columbia Hockey League after spending three seasons with the Aurora Tigers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. The 6’3″, 220-lb. forward finished third on his team in scoring with 30-24–54 in 66 total games this past season, with 11 of those goals coming on the power play. He played 115 career games with Aurora, where he scored 56-54–100.

As with our other interviews, my questions will be in bold-face type.

When did you first start playing hockey? Who in your family played and was involved in you taking up the game? Have you always played your position, or have you played elsewhere on the ice? What was your favorite team and player growing up?

I first started playing organized hockey at seven years old in the local town league. I had a lot of fun that year and even played goalie a few times. The following season, I followed in my older brother and sister’s foot steps and began to play rep hockey. As you can imagine, it was a great challenge for our parents to get us all where we needed to be. There was always one of them at my games, and sometimes both, and on rare occasions my brother and sister would attend. Aside from playing goalie when I was 7, I have occasionally played defense; but the majority of my career I have been a center man. I did not really have a favorite team growing up, but as I lived near Toronto, we always cheered for the Leafs.

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Incoming Interview: Michael Webley

Michael Webley spent the last three seasons playing with the Gloucester Rangers of the Central Canada Hockey League. The 6’0″, 180-lb. forward exploded offensively during the 2010-11 season, appearing in 59 games and scoring 37-64–101 to finish fourth in the league scoring race. For his efforts, he was honored with the Sportsmanship and Ability Award by the Central Canada Hockey League. Webley played in 248 career games in juniors, scoring 100-152–252.

As with our other interviews, my questions will be in bold-face type.

When did you first start playing hockey? Who in your family played and was involved in you taking up the game? Have you always played your position, or have you played elsewhere on the ice? What was your favorite team and player growing up?

I started playing hockey at the age of five. My dad played professional hockey but encouraged me to try me to any sport I wanted. But for me, being from Canada it was a no-brainer to choose hockey. I have always played a forward position, left-wing or center, since a young age. My favorite player was Joe Sakic, and of course being from Ottawa, my favorite team is the Ottawa Senators.

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Incoming Interview: Andrew Creppin

Photo credit: Gloucester Rangers

Andrew Creppin comes to Huntsville after three years for the Gloucester Rangers in the CCHL and two with the Orleans Blues of the CJHL. In 285 junior contests, the 6’1″, 190lb. center scored 145-217–362, including back-to-back 100-point seasons for Gloucester the last two years. Creppin captained the Rangers in his final year, a season which saw him named a first-team all-star.

As with our other interviews, my questions will be in bold-face type.

When did you first start playing hockey? Who in your family played and was involved in you taking up the game? Have you always played your position, or have you played elsewhere on the ice? What was your favorite team and player growing up?

I started playing hockey as a ‘Timbit’ when I was four years old. I have two older brothers who played hockey before I did, so it was kind of a family thing that got me involved with the game. My father also played a huge role in getting me involved in the sport. He was my first coach and taught me the basics of the game. When I was growing up I always played center. However, in Junior I played left wing for one year and center for the remaining years. My favourite team growing up was the Anaheim Ducks, who also had my favourite player, Teemu Selanne, playing for them.

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