Canada’s favourite sport. The anticipated drop of the puck. Thousands of cheering fans. Arena food (yes … it’s awesome). It’s all hockey, it’s all Blazers, bring it on! Our family headed out for a Kamloops Blazers hockey game the other night and it was great. I highly recommend a Blazers home game with kids because there’s so much visually going on to entertain them. We got our seats on the first level of seating, which I wasn’t thrilled about at first since my family usually likes sitting higher up, but that’s now my new spot of choice. You feel like you’re right in the game because when a puck pings of the glass or a player is checked and they come flying right at you, it’s exciting. I wasn’t sure who jumped more, me or the kids.

Blazer hockey games typically start at 7pm with the singing of the National Anthem and are comprised of 3, 20 minute periods with 2, 20 minute intermissions. I recommend for kids, to walk around the concourse during the intermissions to stretch out the legs. Plus, bring cash with you (there’s an ATM there but has a fee for usage) as there are many vendors selling kettle corn, cotton candy, ice cream, mini donuts, lemonade, etc… Though not the greatest in terms of nutrition, absolutely PERFECT for a hockey game!

The Blazers have a mascot named Digger, a big ol’ orange dog sporting a Blazers jersey and can be found wandering the stands, giving kids high five’s, starting the ‘WAVE’ and getting fans into the game. The hockey club also does a great job of in-house promotions with spot prizes, on ice promotions in between periods and my favourite, ‘Dance For Your Dinner’ where TV cameras capture fans dancing on the big screen and the best (or funniest) dancer, wins a dinner certificate while entertaining the rest of us.

The night we went was A&W Teen Burger Night. If the Blazer scored 4 or more goals and won, everyone (5,683 fans) won a Teen Burger. Sure enough, the Blazers pulled out a 5 to 1 win over the Portland Winterhawks, so our tickets were worth burgers! That’s like magic to a 5 and 8 year old! A great night of family entertainment for sure, but make sure you get your tickets in advance as the Wednesday night game we went to was standing room only, which I wouldn’t recommend for kids.

~ Awesome Aleece