ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Rockford IceHogs welcome back Stanley Cup champion Bryan Bickell for their annual Jersey Auction Night when the team takes on the San Jose Barracuda this Saturday at the BMO Harris Bank Center at 6 p.m. Saturday’s slate of promotions also features tropical-themed jerseys, live Hawaiian music, a luau with hula dancers and orange hibiscus flowers imprinted on the ice.
SATURDAY, MARCH 31 vs. SAN JOSE BARRACUDA
Time: Puck drop is at 6 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Hawaiian Night: The Hawaiian Night festivities will feature tropical IceHogs jerseys, a luau with live beach music and hula dancers, a pig roast and a stencil pattern of Hawaiian hibiscus flowers throughout the ice. The contest will mark the first time an AHL team has incorporated a stencil design into the ice surface.
Fans can also enjoy live music throughout the evening from local artist “Flip Flop Dave,” who will perform covers of classic beach-style hits and a variety of his own music in the Blue Flame Lounge. In addition, fans can buy Hawaiian leis for just $1 during the event, courtesy of BMO Harris Bank, with all proceeds benefiting the MS Society – Greater Illinois Chapter. BMO Harris Bank will also match the proceeds up to $1,000.
Bryan Bickell Appearance: The IceHogs will be hosting Stanley Cup champion and former Chicago Blackhawks and IceHogs forward, Bryan Bickell. The NHL veteran skated in 395 career games with the Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes before announcing his retirement in 2017 due to a diagnosis of MS. Bickell will be signing autographs for a select number of fans and participating in both the pregame ceremonial puck drop and postgame jersey action.
Fans can purchase a pass for $20 to guarantee the opportunity to meet, take a picture with and receive an autograph from Stanley Cup champion Bryan Bickell. A limited number of passes remain and can be purchased by calling 815-986-6465.
Jersey Auction: The IceHogs’ Hawaiian-themed jersey is gray with a black floral pattern adorning the torso, back and arms. The crest is a unique “Tiki Hammy” logo, which contains Hammy’s likeness wearing a hula skirt in front of a banana leaf background. The jerseys will be available for live auction on the ice surface of the BMO Harris Bank Center immediately following the IceHogs game. Fans in attendance can bid on the specialty, game-worn sweaters, with all proceeds from the auction benefitting the IceHogs Charitable Foundation. Following the auction, the IceHogs Charitable Foundation will, in-turn, donate a portion of the money raised from the jersey auction to the Bryan & Amanda Bickell Foundation, National MS Society – Greater Illinois Chapter and several other local charities.
A select number of jerseys will also be available for online auction the following week, and two jerseys will be raffled off at the game on March 31.
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 www.IceHogs.com.
Broadcast: Fans can tune in to all the action on Cozi TV 23.3 or Dish Network Channel 252, beginning with IceHogs Warmup 30 minutes prior to puck drop. IceHogs fans can also listen to the game at WXRX.com or sportsfanradio1330.com, or watch live at AHLlive.com (subscription required). Fans can also follow in-game updates via the IceHogs’ Twitter, @goicehogs.