The biggest tailgate of the Phoenix
The fervor is felt by the supporters and sponsors of the Sherbrooke Phœnix. At the dawn of a promising season, the organization wants to meet expectations by first offering them the biggest tailgate in the young Phoenix story.
Dlready 2300 tickets were sold Thursday morning and many more spectators are expected at the box office Friday night. But before, a happening awaits them.
“It will be even bigger than last year, which had worked really well, however,” said Charline Durand, director of operations. The parking will be filled with kiosks. There will be virtual reality games, ax throwing, a mini-putt course and a game of buzz lights. It’s so big that if I had an exhibitor or sponsor who would like to add, I would not even know where to put it! ”
From 4:30 pm, singer Cayou will animate the stage.
“There will be more than a thousand bites offered by Desjardins and 200 by Smokey Tom BBQ. Then give 150 ice cream cones. We will also offer beautiful combos with food and beer, of course, “recalls the director.
L2D barbers will offer free haircuts with their mobile lounge and La Tribune offers a quiz for connoisseurs.
“We are also welcoming the women’s team from Bishop’s University. She expects to have a great season and wants to promote women’s hockey with a nice partnership with Bishop’s. The girls will make the ceremonial puck drop with Sherbrooke Mayor Steve Lussier. We will have a spectacular presentation of the players as usual and we will also unveil our team video on the giant screen. ”
Large bells will be offered to the first 2500 fans on their arrival at the Palais des Sports. They will replace the rattles of last year.
“The players have determined new goal music, a new pre-match song and a new way to get on the ice before the games,” said Charline Durand.
Saturday will be a more family-friendly day with the presence of Pat Patrouille and Simon Morin, a participant on the show La Voix and Star Académie. Clowns, magicians, a makeup artist and a chocolatier will be present. There will also be a mini-zoo for the little ones.
“We feel that the fans are feverish at the start of the next season. They have followed our team for the last two years and the enthusiasm is at its peak this season among fans, but also among sponsors. They want more than buying tickets and lodges. They want to participate even more. All galleries and lodges were sold. All advertising spaces are filled. Even the gallery reserved for the players had to be sold. The sale of flex tickets is also interesting, “summarizes the director of operations.
The Sherbrooke Phoenix will present a different face Friday and among the newcomers, Xavier Parent will try to make a good impression: “It’s a new beginning for me. It’s like I’m 16! ”
After a more difficult start than his predecessor in the junior major, whoever turned all the heads in Quebec during his career in minor hockey is feverish about the idea of playing a first game in his new home.
“It looks like I’m experiencing the same stress as my first game in the QMJHL. First and foremost, I want to have fun on Friday and I wish the evening to be amazing, thanks to a victory for our team, “says Xavier Parent, a good friend to Samuel Poulin.
Parent will certainly have a say in the success of his new organization. And the veteran is ready to face the music.
“I understood that I had to work even harder. I want to start all over again in Sherbrooke and prove what I can do. I trained a lot this summer. The whole team has been striving every day for a month to be ready for this match. If everyone has multiplied the hours of training during the off season, it is to start the season in force and that day has arrived. We want to use the energy of an inaugural game to defeat the Saguenéens, “adds Parent.
Exchanged by the Voltigeurs of Drummondville this summer, the defender Gregory Kreutzer will also live his baptism of fire.
“It’s always exciting to play an opening game, but knowing that the eyes of many are riveted to us, it makes the thing even more interesting. We want to win this part. The Saguenéens are good. But the good news is that it does not frighten us, since we are also an excellent team. ”
After having had some success last year in Drummondville, Kreutzer wants to bring this winning mentality to Sherbrooke.
“I see a lot of similarities between my old team and my new one. Last year, the Voltigeurs relied on many players with great abilities. This will be the case this year at the Phoenix. We are already paying attention to detail and I hope our results will be even better than last year in Drummondville. ”
The defender has also confided to have been pleasantly surprised by the keeping of his guards during the camp.
“Our club will rely on two excellent goalies. Samuel Hlavaj is hard to beat, as is Thomas Sigouin. We will present a very fast alignment with a nice offensive force. The amateurs will be pleasantly surprised. And personally, I think I knew a good camp. It was very physically demanding and I feel ready for this first game, “said the American.