- I wouldn't have believed it had I not seen it with my own two eyes. A near sell out crowd last night at CN Centre in Prince George. In short, it was amazing to be in the middle of it. Oh sure, I had heard the hype about the 'New Ice Age' and that new ownership would attract disgruntled hockey fans back to the arena as long as long time owner Rick Brodsky wasn't a part of the picture. On Friday night, the support of 5 thousand 659 spoke volumes that the change 'up top' is enough to persuade disinterested fans to open their wallets and spend hard earned dollars on junior hockey. Despite the score, which saw the Rockets earn a 7-2 victory, the city of Prince George indeed was a winner last night. In fact, I think it is fair to say the Western Hockey League was a winner last night. It doesn't look good when a franchise struggles. It looks bad when no one shows up to watch. Let's hope that what we witnessed last night is a sign that junior hockey isn't dead in the city of 72 thousand. Is it a one night love affair with the team or is it a relationship where its fans are committed ‘long term’ whether the Cougars win or lose? If opening night was any indication, as Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross sung it best, let's hope its 'Endless Love'.
|These t-shirts were handed out at Friday's game.|