By Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News
Ancaster is getting the Blues.
The Dundas Blues Junior C hockey team, that is. Well, for one night anyway.
Ancaster Minor Hockey is sponsoring a Dundas Blues regular season home game in their very own Morgan Firestone Arena, later this month.
Blues general manager Steve Aglor said the neighbouring community’s minor hockey association will run special events throughout the night of Sunday, Dec. 30 when the Blues host the Chippawa Riverhawks at Firestone.
“We have three players that went through the Ancaster Minor Hockey system on the Blues, and this will be great for them, and the fans,” Aglor said. “Ancaster Minor Hockey plans on filling the arena for this special event. They will have a special prize for the team that sells the most tickets.”
Kevin Jaczenko, the Blues third leading scorer in his second season, and first year impact players Max Stafford and Nick McMullen all played their minor hockey in Ancaster.
Jaczenko had 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points in the team’s first 24 games.
Stafford had three goals and four assists for seven points in just 13 games, as of Dec. 17, and McMullen - a mid-season pick up to bolster the Blues defense - had contributed one goal and two assists for three points in just five games by last week.
Mark Davies serves as treasurer on the Blues executive and is director of the rep program at the Ancaster Minor Hockey Association.
After the success of an OHL exhibition game between the Erie Otters and Niagara Ice Dogs in Ancaster last summer, Davies thought it would be a good idea to further expose the town to junior hockey.
He said there are two goals – to give the Blues more exposure in Ancaster, and to show Ancaster Minor Hockey players there are opportunities close-by to continue playing hockey at a higher level when their minor hockey career ends.
“I hope we get a big crowd,” Davies said.
Ancaster Minor Hockey players are encouraged to wear their team jerseys to the game. The team with the most players attending the game will win a special on-ice practice with the Dundas Blues and a pizza party.
Other events include a Tim Bits hockey game between the first and second periods; a chuck a puck with the winner receiving a game-worn Blues jersey autographed by the entire team, plus door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.
“It should be a great night for them and us,” Aglor said. “Hopefully the fans will enjoy the product on the ice and travel down to Dundas for future games. Who knows, it could be the start of something great for Dundas and Ancaster.”
Tickets for the game – which starts at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 30 – will be sold at a flat rate of $5 for all seats.