BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors, ECHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild, announced the 7th annual Condors Fighting Cancer Hockey-Thon will be held on Mar. 18 and 19 at Rabobank Arena and the Bakersfield Ice Sports Center. The event concludes with a Condors game on Mar. 19, sponsored by 29 Eyewitness News and KUZZ 107.9. Hockey-Thon will once again benefit Links for Life, a local breast cancer resource center.
Hockey-Thon is a 24+ hour hockey marathon that includes two Condors games, a silent auction, and an around-the-clock hockey-playing marathon for players of all ages and skill levels. There will also be a Legends Game featuring former Condors players and local hockey dignitaries at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 19 prior to the Condors game against the Ontario Reign.
Hockey-Thon originally began after former Fog and Condors defenseman Kevin Barrett lost his mother to breast cancer. In the previous six years over $234,000 has been raised through the event.
Players can sign up by following the link on the Condors home page, or by clicking here. Participants must raise at least $250 in pledges in order to play. All participants are guaranteed to play in several games during the event, and the first 200 people to sign up will also receive a free Hockey-Thon jersey. All players will also receive two tickets to the Condors game on March 19. Visit http://bakersfieldcondors.com/web/hockey-thon/ for more information.
Hockey-Thon kicks off on Friday, Mar. 18 when the Condors host the Ontario Reign at 7 p.m. After that game, the action moves to the BISC. Players can begin check-in, submit their pledge form and donations, and receive their jerseys starting at 10 p.m. and the first adult game will kick off at 11 p.m. The games continue all night, with youth teams hitting the ice Saturday morning.
The Legends Game at Rabobank Arena starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the Condors vs. Reign at 7 p.m. Throughout Saturday’s Condors game there will be an auction of select jerseys and other Hockey-Thon items, and the event will end with a barbeque for additional donations starting immediately following the game at the BISC.
For more information, call the Condors at 661-324-PUCK (7825).
“This is an event that everyone looks forward to every season,” said Condors President Matthew Riley. “From the beginners just learning how to play, to the former Condors that get to take the ice together again, to the fans that just can’t get enough hockey. It’s a fun event and always makes for a big donation to a great cause.”
The Condors continue their series in Boise against the Idaho Steelheads on Friday and Saturday. They return home on Tuesday, Feb. 15th to host the Victoria Salmon Kings at Rabobank Arena for High School/College ID Night. Puck drops at 7 p.m. and the doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Individual Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster and the Rabobank Arena Box Office. Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with extended hours on game and event days. You can also call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit them online at www.ticketmaster.com. Group outings are also available for 20 or more people. Lower level group tickets also include a free Condors hat! Call the Condors at 324-PUCK(7825) for more info.