When it comes to attending Edmonton Oiler home games, I’m a very lucky guy. That’s what I want to share with someone … and that could be you.
But, here’s the best part of it all: you will be contributing to the ATCO Edmonton Sun Christmas Charity Auction. Funds raised will be divided four ways between the Christmas Bureau, United Way, the Sign of Hope and the Stollery Children’s Hospital.
So here’s how it works: I have cerebral palsy and use a wheelchair. When I applied for my press pass for the 1979-1980 season — the Oilers’ first NHL campaign — the team’s public relations department asked if I needed another pass for someone to give me a little help at the game. I thanked them very much and now, 35 years later, I still have two passes.
In the late 1990’s, my friend Scott McKeeen came to an Oiler game with me. Scott must have enjoyed himself: the next morning he asked if we could auction my assistant’s pass away for, ironically, United Way. We did. Over the next 15 years, I’ve shared my assistant’s pass with many charity auctions.
Let me give you a run through of the evening.
We’ll meet two hours before game time at the Game Day Office on the north side of Rexall Place. Then we go downstairs and I will show you around the media facilities.
Back on the elevator we go to the fourth floor and head to the media dinning room for a buffet dinner. We’ll run into guys like John, Jason, Tommy and Randy who will tell you outrageous stories about me.
But don’t believe them.
Well, not all of them.
We’ll eat and enjoy — and I sincerely mean this — butterscotch or chocolate pudding for desert.
We’ll head back downstairs to watch warm-up. On the way, guys like Dan, Al, Steve and Farmer will tell you more stories about me.
Again, please use discretion.
After warm-up we’ll go to our seats in a wheelchair section behind one of the nets, right in row 19. Very good seats.
Following the game, we make a visit to the Oiler dressing room and listen to player interviews. I often get ideas for a column or blog from listening and observing after games.
Our final stop of the evening is around a corner, and down a long hallway into the press conference room where Dallas Eakins addresses the media.
It’s something I never get tired of, and I love sharing it with hockey fans.
If you’re a die-hard hockey fan or enjoy seeing how things unfold behind the scenes, this could be for you.
You can bid on it right up until Thursday until 7 p.m
I would like to clarify a few things.
• this is for ONE person only
• minimum age is 16 years old
• since we are members of the working media we must remain as objective as we can so, respectfully, I ask you do not wear an Oiler jersey or cap.
If you have any further questions, fire me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am so blessed to be able to have a great working relationship with the Oilers.
And in the spirit of Christmas, I’d like to share it with you.