Monday, March 05, 2007

IceDiggers go NASCAR-style this weekend

The Alpena IceDiggers (31-19-4) will wear special-event NASCAR racing jerseys this Friday and Saturday night when they play host to the Mahoning Valley Phantoms.

The NASCAR jerseys will be auctioned off following the game on Saturday. Bidding for these one-of-a-kind jerseys will start at $100. Auctioneer Ivan Sumerix will be on hand to call the auction.

The IceDiggers teamed up with OT Sports, the official jersey supplier of the North American Hockey League, to design the jerseys.

This is the second season the IceDiggers have sported the NASCAR jerseys.

"The jerseys turned out very nice and we would like to thank OT Sports for working with us," Alpena business manager Bob Krafft said. "Our fans are really going to like the jerseys."

Earlier this season, the IceDiggers wore special camouflage jerseys that were also auctioned off after the game.

"The kids really enjoy it when we wear these type of jerseys," IceDiggers' head coach Kenny Miller said. "It is also a chance for our fans to get a game-worn jersey of their favorite player."

Last season, when the IceDiggers wore the NASCAR jersey, defenseman Ben Kitzmiller's jerseys sold for $575, tops on the team.

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