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Minor League Malarkey: Sleeping on ice, treasuring it unfrozen

Sean Leahy
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Who wants a jar of really, really tough water?

In the next-to-last game to be played at The Spectrum -- sorry, Wachovia Spectrum -- the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms are giving the first 5,000 fans a chance to take home actual ice from the rink before their game against the Norfolk Admirals.

To be exact, fans will be getting the ice scrapings from the Zamboni, but Wachovia Spectrum ice nonetheless. Even if it won't, you know, exactly be considered "ice" anymore.

It's not the same exact ice that the Broadstreet Bullies patrolled in the '70's or that the Philadelphia Flyers' Legion of Doom dominated in the '90 ... but nothing a little white lie couldn't fix, right?

And in case you're unaware as to how ice becomes water, the Phantoms have a detailed pictorial of the process on their Web site.

'You be general manager' night in Bakersfield

The Bakersfield Condors of the ever-shrinking ECHL put their fans in charge of things on Friday night before their game with the Ontario Reign. Fans were encouraged to visit the Condors Web site to vote on over 18 different categories ranging from the jerseys they would wear to the discount on concessions; in-game promotions; and even the starting lineup.

Somewhere in New York, Wade Redden is glad they don't let New York Rangers fans vote on who plays and who sits ...

You can check out the full survey that fans could fill out beforehand here, which includes the best and final question:

Should (head coach) Marty Raymond not agree with a call, what should he do?

-Top his record of 10 consecutive door slams

-Kick a water cooler onto the ice

-Empty all of the sticks from the rack onto the ice

-All of the Above

Sadly, there were no intense disagreements and after you vote, you're not shown the totals, so we may never know if the stick rack was in any potential danger.

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'Boy Scouts Night' indirectly brings back memories of the Nords

Tonight's game between the San Antonio Rampage and the (beloved) Iowa Chops of the AHL is also 'Boy Scout Night' at the AT&T Center. The Rampage will host 1,200 Boy Scouts for the game and then a sleepover on the ice in order for them to earn a Polar Bear merit badge.

Sure as hell sounds cooler than the stinkin' Pinewood Derby, no?

The Scouts will catch a movie on the arena's lighthouse after the game and then have breakfast brought to them by the Tony the Tiger of Frosted Flakes fame.

To help raise fund for the Boy Scouts of America, the Rampage will wear special themed jerseys for the game against the Chops, and taking a one look at them will bring back memories of a certain team that used to play in Quebec.

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