Free hotdogs and hockey: Sounded like the perfect combination to our family. For the final regular season game, the Ottawa 67’s offered free hotdogs to the first 3,000 fans. I think we were probably about the third family through the gates.
The day of the game, there was much more going on at Lansdowne Park than the 67’s game so we decided to arrive early. The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour had pulled into Ottawa and was set up in and around the Aberdeen Pavilion. David enjoyed playing the interactive games and seeing all the hockey memorabilia. I’m pretty sure he also enjoyed the free pizza slices. Some of the cool attractions included the largest bouncy castle I have ever seen, virtual autographs of your favorite players and an impromptu pick-up hockey game. There was also live music to keep the party rolling.
In the spirit of the event, we brought our skates along. We were going to try the outdoor rink at Lansdowne but the ice was too soft thanks to the warm weather. Warm spring-like weather is nothing to complain about, though, so we enjoyed the seasonal treat, put away our skates, and eventually headed to the 67’s game.
We were easily amongst the first people to enter the arena. I have always been impressed that the 67’s have a lot of entertainment for kids before, during and after games. They have an extensive kids zone that David has previously tried out. At this game, a couple of members of the Ottawa REDBLACKS were signing autographs so we opted for that instead. David has become quite a football fan since the REDBLACKS won the Grey Cup. He got to meet REDBLACKS players Brad Sinopoli and Antoine Pruneau. Both were very gracious with their time and David got some signed souvenirs.
Next it was time to sample our free hot dogs. David, with his sometimes super-human appetite, easily consumed two. He even asked if we could get dessert.
Soon it was time for the game to start so we quickly made our way to our seats. The 67’s jumped to a one goal lead against the Hamilton Bulldogs. There was plenty of entertainment between stops in play whether it was the cheerleaders or contests. David loved sporting his 67’s sunglasses which were also a giveaway. During intermission, we scored a photo with the 67’s mascot, Riley the Raccoon. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs came storming back and defeated the 67’s 3-1. The score frankly did not matter as we had a great family day at Lansdowne Park and the hockey arena.
The 67’s are in the playoffs. For details about game times and tickets, visit, www.ottawa67s.com.