Thunder Home Opener A Success

Congratulations needs to go out to all the Thunder directors, Andrea in the Thunder office, tonight's volunteers as well as our very own Drayton Valley Thunder in their 5-1 win for a job well done tonight for a successful Home Opener. It is
one that you can all be proud of.
First, the evening started with an awesome tailgate party. There were many Thunder fans taking turns throwing balls to dunk our Thunder President Scott Carter into the water tank and then even his young son took a turn. Scott and his son were followed by a Constable from our local RCMP detachment who spent a couple of hours falling in and crawling out of the tank. What a trooper!! Besides the constant splashing in the tank, other little guys nearby were thrilled to be able to play some street hockey with several of the Thunder players. On top of the tank and street hockey, the smaller fans were all lined up to get their faces painted with everything from Thunder dogs to butterflies. And, if that wasn't enough, the directors were kept busy dishing out a couple hundred burgers and hotdogs for a pregame meal. After the outside entertainment, the real excitement began inside on the ice. With close to 600 fans in attendance including Thunder Alumni Nick Tarnasky (NHLer and older brother of #28 Neil Tarnasky), they watched on as MLA Diana McQueen dropped the ceremonial puck. From that moment on, the excitement never stopped until the horn blew to signal the end of the third. Several players could have easily been designated Star of the Game tonight including that of our goalie, all the way from Dalson Quebec, #1 Marc Olivier Daigle who was given the title for tonight's game. Every one of you needs to pat your back for a job well done. Enjoy the photos of yesterday's tailgate party and game in the 2012-2013 album posted under the Media Center.  I, for one, now am even more excited for the next home game—on Friday, September 21 against the Fort McMurray Oil Barons. The puck drops at 7:30-See you there.