The Blades franchise is the original American-based professional women’s hockey team. Founded in 2010 and originally based in Boston, the team competed in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) and boasted a roster that featured many members of the U.S. Women’s National Team. The team played in consecutive Clarkson Cup Finals from 2013-2015, winning it all in ’13 and ’15.
Boston’s unofficial city championship is the longest running and premier college hockey tournament in the nation. Having these four schools, all located within five miles of each other, competing annually would alone make for a compelling tournament. Add in the fact that these teams are regulars in the national rankings, and you have a college hockey fan’s dream tournament. The Beanpot is a bucket list item for any serious hockey fan, whether or not you even follow college hockey.
During recent seasons, the Florida Panthers were known in the news for being the team that had a franchise-low for attendance. In addition, they experienced the smallest season-opener crowd in franchise history. The few fans that showed up could carry on conversations in the upper deck that could clearly be heard in the lower bowl. However, an injection of young talent and a streamlined stadium experience has led to a growing crowd and an even better game day atmosphere. A new logo and a new feel make it a different experience than that of the past.
The Generals are the class of the nation on and off the ice. No team can claim to have won more than they have and no team can match the combination of stunning new arena and magnificent history on display. Attending a Generals game is one of those OHL experiences that feel like the NHL in miniature, but with the history and community passion that is found in cities where hockey has always been played, and without the corporate nonsense. The club is also ingrained in the community and a big part of civic spirit. For an introduction to OHL hockey, or for any fan of the game, visiting Oshawa is a more than worthwhile experience, exceedingly convenient, and absolutely one of the best sporting experiences in the country.
Kingston is one of the truly great places to visit in Ontario. The Kingston Frontenacs can be a part of a stop in Kingston and the Leon’s Centre is a solid facility. The Fronts are pushing the envelope in what fans can expect for a game day experience and the product on the ice can only get better. Hockey fans should definitely take a trip to Eastern Ontario to the historic, vibrant city of Kingston and make plans to catch the Fronts in action. There will be no regrets.
It’s a trip through the wishes and desires of The Team this week on the Stadium Journey Podcast. It is a journey through the Bucket List! What are the spots on the SJ List. Is it possible to ever reach the bottom of the bucket? What Bucket List items have The Team already checked off? Join Dan Colacicco, Paul Baker, Marc Viquez and Dave Cottenie for the Stadium Journey Podcast.