Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Alpena to sport camo jerseys this weekend

With the opening of deer hunting season only one week away, the Alpena IceDiggers are getting an early start on their hunting gear this weekend when they play host to the Mahoning Valley Phantoms on Friday and Saturday night at Northern Lights Arena.

The IceDiggers will wear special event camouflage jerseys this weekend.

"Hunting is very popular here in northern Michigan, so what better way to bring in deer season than to wear a cool camouflage jersey," said Alpena head coach Kenny Miller.

The jerseys will be worn by the players on Friday and Saturday and after Saturday's game auctioneer Ivan Sumrix will auction off all 25 game-worn jerseys to fans in attendance immediately after the final horn sounds. The auction will take place in the main grandstands and the bidding on each jersey will start at $100.

"The fans of Alpena have always supported us and this is a great way for them to get a chance to own their favorite players game-worn jersey," added Miller

OT Sports (Burlington, N.C.) designed the jerseys with help from the IceDiggers staff.

The players always enjoy wearing special event jerseys.

"It is fun to wear a special jersey that you know will be auctioned off to one of your fans, so this is always cool," said third-year veteran forward Erik Peterson.

The IceDiggers have had more than 10 days off since their last home game, a 6-5 win over the USA Under-17 team. Mahoning Valley comes to Alpena for the final time this regular season after beating division leader St. Louis on Friday before falling in a shoot-out on Saturday versus the defending champs.

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