The Hitmen’s Corral Series is a major throwback
As if you needed a reason to support Junior Hockey more, the Calgary Hitmen will be paying homage to three historic Calgary teams this February. Hosting three consecutive home games in the historic Stampede Corral, the aptly named Corral Series is sure to be a hit for men and women alike.
If you’re not super familiar with the Corral, here’s a quick refresher. First opened in 1950, the Corral was home to a variety of Junior and Major League Calgary teams, and was the home of the Calgary Flames for their first three years as part of the NHL, from 1980 to 1983. These days, the Corral is used for rodeos, ice skating events, and of course, the ENMAX Corral Show during the Calgary Stampede.
The first game is on Friday, February 1, when the Hitmen will be facing off against the Brandon Wheat Kings. This night also includes a pre-game celebration, but beer gardens, a luncheon, and other special activities will be going on throughout the week. The other two games are February 6 and 8, when the Hitmen will play against the Regina Pats and the prince Albert Raiders, respectively.
You’re probably curious about the teams that the Hitmen chose to pay homage to. For the game against the Brandon Wheat Kings, the Hitmen chose the Centennials, a junior team that played as part of the WCHL (a precursor to the WHL) from 1966-1977. These days, the franchise is the Tri-City Americans. When they play the Pats, they’ll be donning the Calgary Cowboy jerseys, who were in the World Hockey Association, which competed against the NHL until a merger finally happened in 1979. Side note, the Calgary Cowboys had the best jerseys to exist in competitive hockey, so we are chomping at the bit to buy one. Their final game against the Raiders will be in homage to the original Calgary WHL team, the Wranglers, who spent a decade at the Corral, from 1977 to 1987.
If you wanted to commemorate this fun nod to Calgary’s hockey history as much as we do, then you’re in luck, because merchandise will be available at each game. Just don’t try to stop us from getting a Cowboys jersey.
Tickets are available either for single games or as a three pack. We know that we’re going to be at all three, are you?
Buy your tickets here.