Thunderbirds to Host Charity Sled Hockey Game

Winston-Salem, NC – Thunderbirds to Host Charity Sled Hockey Game 

What’s New

The Thunderbirds are proud to announce that on Saturday, January 6th, 2018, the team will play a charity game of sled hockey against an all-star team made up of players from North Carolina, including military veterans. The game will be played at 4:35 pm, with the doors opening at 4:15 pm est. This game is free and open to the public, however the Thunderbirds are asking for a suggested donation at the door. The money raised will go towards purchasing sled hockey equipment for use right here in the triad.

Sled hockey was originally invented in the 1960’s by a group of Swedes who wished to play ice hockey despite their physical disabilities. Sled hockey follows most of the typical ice hockey rules with the exception some of the equipment. Players sit in specially designed sleds that sit on top of two hockey skate blades. There are two sticks for each player instead of one and the sticks have metal pics on the butt end for players to propel themselves. Goalies wear basically the same equipment but do make modifications to the glove. Metal picks are sewn into the backside to allow the goalie to maneuver.

The Thunderbirds are very excited to host this game, GM and President of the Thunderbirds Scott Brand commented on the event. “We are truly honored to be able to do something to help grow hockey in the Triad, not just for the traditional hockey players, but for those who love the sport as much as we do but have to overcome challenges to play. We feel anyone should have the chance to play our great sport and anything we can do to help that we will.”

What’s Coming Up

The Carolina Thunderbirds Coaches Show continues Tuesday the 26th from 6-7 pm and will feature forward CJ Blaszka. You can hear the coaches show on WTOB, “The Big 980” on 980 am and 96.3 fm in Winston-Salem, the flagship station of the Thunderbirds Radio network.

Because of a scheduling conflict the Thunderbirds have added two more home dates on December the 22nd and 23rd against the North Shore Knights. Friday the 22nd the puck will drop at 7:35 pm EST, with doors opening at 6:35 pm. On Saturday, the 23rd, it will be a 6:05 pm EST puck drop.

Current Thunderbirds FULL season ticket holders will receive their seats at no additional cost, the tickets will need to be picked up at the VIP entrance on the day of the game. Those with 14 or 7 game ticket packages may purchase tickets at a discounted price. As these games are not typical Thunderbirds home games for this limited event all tickets will be $10 with reserved seating. Tickets will go on sale on December 5th, contact the box office at 336-774-8880 to reserve yours today.

If you have a group you would like to bring out for a holiday party or other event please contact the Thunderbirds at 336-77-GOAL(4625) for special group rates for that weekend’s games.