Friday, December 11, 2009

North Texas Vintage Game Series announced

However, 10 cent beer night will not return

The Texas Brahmas and Allen Americans announced the introduction of their new “North Texas Vintage Game Series” on Wednesday in remembrance of the Metroplex’s early hockey rivalries.

The two game series will feature the Texas Brahmas as the Fort Worth Wings and the Allen Americans as the Dallas Blackhawks. Both teams will be donning commemorative throwback jerseys representing their historic predecessor and will later auction off the sweaters to the fans.

In efforts to salvage the memories of the ‘good old days’, the city rivalry that has now morphed into a suburbia battle, will continue following a 28 year hiatus beginning with game one in Allen Saturday, December 26 at the Allen Event Center at 7:30 pm. The second game will take place at the NYTEX Sports Centre on Friday, January 8 at 7:05 pm.

A rich history of hockey has been played between Fort Worth and Dallas since 1941 stemming with the epic rivalry of the Fort Worth Rangers and Dallas Texans. In 1967 the Fort Worth Wings, an affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, played their inaugural season at the Will Rogers Coliseum in downtown Fort Worth. The same season, the Blackhawks relocated to Dallas to the State Fair Coliseum from St. Louis, birthing a newfound intense rivalry in the heart of North Texas. With the addition of the Allen Americans to the CHL for the 2009-10 season, the classic cross-town rivalry returns to North Texas.

Throughout the years a deep hatred between the CHL Fort Worth and Dallas clubs was developed, as were many tales, including stories involving bench clearing brawls on the ice and riots in the stands. This year, the Brahmas and Americans organizations promise memorable evenings with throwback concession prices, special game programs and most notably, the return of a few key players from the storied rivalry. The teams will also be selling replica jerseys of the first annual North Texas Vintage Game Series; each organization will be selling their own sweaters.

Immediately following the final game in the series on January 8th, fans will be able to own a piece of history when the Brahmas host a live game worn Fort Worth Wings jersey auction at the NYTEX Sports Centre. The Allen Americans will place their game worn Dallas Blackhawks jerseys in a silent jersey auction after the conclusion of the series.

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