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Five dollar tickets, discount food & drink highlight Bandits’ first Wild Wednesday

Written by  Tyler King
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Brooks Bandits games are already affordable family entertainment, and a wild night – but the team is about to take both of those elements to the next level.


The Bandits are pleased to reveal that next Wednesday, January 13th, will be the team’s first-ever Wild Wednesday discount promotion.

All tickets to the game – adults, seniors, youth, and children - will cost only five dollars, a 67% savings off the regular adult price.

Beer will also be discounted to three dollars, and Bandits apparel will be discounted at the Merchandise Room.

In addition, the CRA’s concession stands will be offering discount prices, with hot dogs and small popcorns costing only two dollars, cheeseburgers only $3.50, and all meals including a free small fountain drink.

The Bandits urge the Brooks and County of Newell communities and fans to help spread the word and ensure a jam-packed arena for 7:00 PM on the 13th, as the Bandits will host their divisional rivals, the Olds Grizzlys.

Already one of the most affordable options for family entertainment in the region, the Bandits are hopeful that this new promotion will allow even more people to discover the great value and great fun involved in a Bandits home game.

Tickets for the first Wild Wednesday are on sale online at tickets.brooksbandits.ca, at the Centennial Regional Arena, or by phone at (403) 501-0122.

he Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) are proud to announce that 1995-born forward Jesse Pereira (Fort Erie, ON) has committed to attend and play for Canisius College, beginning in the 2016-17 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) hockey season.

Located in Buffalo, New York, the Canisius Golden Griffins play in the NCAA’s Division I Atlantic Hockey conference, under 11th-year head coach Dave Smith. The Griffins have reached the conference’s championship weekend in three consecutive seasons, appearing in the conference title game two straight years, and winning the conference title in 2013, earning an NCAA tournament berth.

“Jesse has played tremendous hockey for us this season,” said Bandits head coach and general manager Ryan Papaioannou. “His game has improved from last season to a point where he’s a threat to score every night.

“He has an undeniable skill set and is a fantastic person in our dressing room,” the coach added. “We are really excited to see him accomplish his goal of playing Division I hockey and in a perfect situation, close to home at Canisius."

Pereira, 20, is in his second season with the Bandits, having recorded 33 points (18 goals, 15 assists) in 35 games. He is currently tied for 14th in the entire AJHL in goal scoring, and tied for eighth in power play goals with 7. He is currently the Bandits’ third-highest goal scorer.

The 5’11”, 185lb forward came to the Bandits last season after two full seasons with his hometown Fort Erie Meteors of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL), where he recorded 80 points (42 goals, 38 assists) in 93 total regular season games.

With the Bandits last season, Pereira dressed in 40 games as a rookie, scoring 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists) and dressing in a further 8 playoff games.

“I am honoured to join Canisius for the next four years of my life, to pursue my hockey career as well as my eduation,” said Pereira. “Canisius is as close as you can get to my home town, and being close to home was a key for me.

“Canisius is a hockey-focused program, just like Brooks, which made it easy for me to choose to pursue my dream there,” he added. “I would also like to thank the City of Brooks as well as the Brooks Bandits organization, and more importantly my family; especially my dad.”

Pereira’s commitment brings the number of current Bandit players committed to an NCAA Division I institution to 15, the most of any team in the entire Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), joining:

·         Shane Bear (University of Massachusetts)

·         Kyler Nachtigall (University of Massachusetts)

·         Parker Foo (Union College)

·         Tristan Thompson (University of Alaska-Fairbanks)

·         Austin Wright (Rochester Institute of Technology)

·         Cale Makar (University of Massachusetts)

·         Jeff Malott (Cornell University)

·         Joe O’Connor (Quinnipiac University)

·         Jared Cockrell (Colgate University)

·         Jarrod Gourley (Arizona State University)

·         Charlie Marchand (Bentley University)

·         Josh McKechney (Colgate University)

·         Logan Mick (Quinnipiac University)

·         Derek Lodermeier (University of Vermont)

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