The NHL preseason game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Columbus Blue Jackets is quickly approaching. The ice is down (and looks better than ever), ticket sign ups have concluded (with the lottery winners being announced some time Saturday, September 15th) and more details are beginning to be released regarding the weekend leading up to the game itself.
You can feel the buzz around the Central New York area over the past couple of days as the temperature dipped into the 50’s and fall was in the air. Adding to that buzz was a recent announcement by the Clinton Arena – Kraft Hockeyville USA 2018 Facebook page that The Stanley Cup would be at The Arena for viewing and pictures on Sunday, September 23rd.
There will be many more events leading up to the Kraft Hockeyville game. The full schedule can be seen below.
Saturday, September 22nd (12:00pm – 4:00pm) There will be a family friendly celebration at the Village Green in Clinton that will include BBQ, Clinton Comets alumni speakers, appearances by NHL alumni, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, the Planters NUTmobile and more!
12:10pm – The Honey Badgers Performs
12:30pm – Clinton Youth Hockey Chicken BBQ
1:00pm – Autograph Session with NHL Alumni Jody Shelley and Brad May
1:00pm – Vada March Performs
1:30pm – NHL Alumni Q&A with Jody Shelley and Brad May
2:00pm – Clinton Comet Alumni Speakers Featuring Jack Kane, Dave Armstrong, Borden Smith, Archie Burton, Joe Nolan Jr and George Jennings
2:15pm – “Remembering The 4 State Titles” Talk with Clinton High School Alumni. Featuring Fran Alteri, Dave Litz, Jack Kane and Tom Adams.
2:40pm – Steve & Doug Performs
3:00pm – Clinton Historical Society Talk – Andy Burns
3:30pm – Clinton Fire Department Hot Dog BBQ/Competition
6:00pm – Clinton Fire Department Family Movie Night at the CSS Theater. 100 Years of Hockey in Clinton followed by Miracle On Ice.
Sunday, September 23rd (11:00am – 2:00pm)
The Clinton Arena will be holding a Community Skate with various members of the Clinton Hockey community which includes Hamilton College players. Former New Jersey Devil and Clinton High School alumni Nick Palmieri will be on the ice as well.
11:00am – 1:50pm – Community Open Skate
1:oopm – 4:30pm – Viewing of the Stanley Cup at the Clinton Arena
2:00pm – 4:00pm – Clinton High School Alumni Games
Monday, September 24th (6:00pm – 8:30pm)
Jeremy Roenick will be the Master of Ceremonies of a fundraising banquet for the Clinton Arena Improvement Fund at Hamilton College. This event is being held at Tolles Pavilion at Hamilton College and includes a dinner, cash bar and a silent auction of NHL items. Some of the items up for auction include signed memorabilia from Sabres players Rasmus Ristolainen and Jack Eichel and Blue Jackets players Sergei Bobrovsky and Zach Werenski. Please view the Facebook event page for all of the details.
Tuesday, September 25th (4:30 – 10:00pm)
The Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets will face-off in the 2018 Kraft Hockeyville USA Game!
4:30pm – Pep Rally at CSS with Best Dressed and Cheering Competition
5:30pm – Parade to the Clinton Arena led by the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile
7:00pm – NHL Preseason game. Buffalo Sabres vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
7:00pm – FREE Viewing Party at the CSS Performing Arts Theatre
*This post will be updated as events are added*