CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Rhinestone Cowboy will echo off the walls at the Stampede Corral as the Calgary Cowboys hit the ice for the first time since 1977.
The Calgary Hitmen rebranded as the Calgary Cowboys will pay tribute to the former World Hockey Association against the Regina Pats Wednesday night in game two of the Corral Series.
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Assistant Manager of Business Operations, Rob Kerr said they wanted to honour the corral before it was torn down as part of the BMO Centre expansion.
“For us, it’s an opportunity to get back in that building and do hockey the way hockey was done a long time ago, without video and you know kind of old school.”
The evening will begin with a special pre-game ceremony featuring three Cowboy Alumni.
“For the people that are involved they love it, for them, it’s a way of bringing their families in and connecting with the time, for them to come in and connect with storytelling that goes along. For those who have not been in the corral, well shame on you first of all, but second of all it’s a great living, breathing, history of not just hockey but what the facility meant to the city of Calgary,” said Kerr.
The jerseys and socks worn Wednesday night will be auctioned off with the net proceeds going towards the Hitmen Education Fund.
All set for Game ✌️
— Calgary Hitmen (@WHLHitmen) February 6, 2019
Doors open at 6 p.m., puck drop is at 7 p.m.
The Cowboys played in the WHA for two seasons from 1975 to 1977.