Gladiators v. Komets, January 2015 (By: Michele Babcock-Nice)

Gwinnett Gladiators v. Fort Wayne Komets, January 11, 2015, Duluth, Georgia

Gwinnett Gladiators v. Fort Wayne Komets, January 11, 2015, Duluth, Georgia

On January 11, 2015, my son and I took in a Gwinnett Gladiators hockey game at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.  The Gladiators played the Fort Wayne, Indiana Komets.  We watched a suspenseful game, including a goal being scored by the Gladiators seconds before the end of first period, the Gladiators getting down by the Komets by two or three goals in the second period, and the Komets ultimately walking away with the win by one goal in the end, 4-3.

We try to attend at least one hockey game per year, played by the Gwinnett Gladiators.  In two past years, my son has earned free tickets to attend two games accompanied by an adult, due to his excellent grades in school.  The dentists that care for the hockey players’ teeth have sponsored those tickets, and the games have always been enjoyable to attend.

Gwinnett Gladiators v. Fort Wayne Komets, January 11, 2015, Duluth, Georgia

Gwinnett Gladiators v. Fort Wayne Komets, January 11, 2015, Duluth, Georgia

Attending a Gwinnett Gladiators game is affordable, even without getting free tickets.  Though ticket prices have risen by a couple of dollars per ticket since last year, I do my best to make time to take my son to at least one game per year.  Having spent most of my life in Buffalo, the Buffalo Sabres are one of my all-time favorite sports teams.  Having lived in Georgia for the past 15 years, it is nice to be able to take my son to sports games of any type (especially hockey) in my local area that are fun to watch and affordable!

“Enjoyed Last Night’s Gwinnett Gladiators’ Hockey” (By: Michele Babcock-Nice)

My Son with Maximus

My Son with Maximus

Last night, my son and I enjoyed an evening of Gwinnett Gladiators’ hockey.  We have gone to watch several Gladiators’ games at the Gwinnett Arena through the years, and this one was another good experience.  Of all of the times that we have gone to watch Gladiators’ hockey, last evening was the most full of spectators that I have ever experienced the Arena!  There were lots of people out to support the hometown team last night.  Of all of the times we’ve gone to Gladiators’ hockey, we’ve never had a photo opportunity with the team’s mascot, Maximus, but we did last night.  Thank you, Maximus – both my son and I really enjoyed that!

Gwinnett Gladiators vs. Reading Royals, February 22, 2014, Duluth, Georgia

Gwinnett Gladiators vs. Reading Royals, February 22, 2014, Duluth, Georgia

The Gladiators’ played the Reading Royals from Pennsylvania.  There was alot of good hockey that was played, and also much fighting on the ice – which got some of the crowd pretty riled up.  Some folks like a good show, but I come for the hockey.  The goalie who played for the majority of the game really got a workout – he prevented the Royals from scoring on 35 of 37 attempts!  Way to go, Nick Niedert!  Our concern goes out to the first goalie of the evening who took two really hard hits and appeared to get knocked out after a hard hit by a member of the Royals’ team.  We hope you are okay.

Gwinnett Gladiators vs. Reading Royals, February 22, 2014, Duluth, Georgia

Gwinnett Gladiators vs. Reading Royals, February 22, 2014, Duluth, Georgia

This weekend was also a special “Puck Dynasty” time for the Gladiators.  Vouchers for special grey and white camouflage, mesh jerseys were being sold at the Arena last night, inspired from the show, Duck Dynasty.  While I have never watched that show – nor really have an interest to – it was good to come out to support the team and for my son and I to enjoy a good game of hockey!

An AC-DC tribute band played songs of the hard rock band, AC-DC, during intermission periods, as well.  There were many people who enjoyed the music, though it was just noise to us.  While I mean no offense, I think that a band that played country music would have been a bigger hit at the game.

Gwinnett Gladiators vs. Reading Royals, February 22, 2014, Duluth, Georgia

Gwinnett Gladiators vs. Reading Royals, February 22, 2014, Duluth, Georgia

We are happy for the opportunity to have sat by some really nice folks at the game, last night, too.  It certainly makes for a better experience for everyone when people are kind and polite to each other.  And, thank you for locating and turning in my camera that I inadvertently left – I returned to find it, and am very appreciative of getting it back! 🙂  I really appreciate the kindness of whoever turned it in to customer service, and those who helped me retrieve it when I came back for it!

Though the Gladiators’ came out with a score of 2-1 in a loss to the Royals, you are a winning team in our book.  We appreciate enjoying an evening of good hockey!

References:

Gwinnett Gladiators (2014).  Duluth, GA: Gwinnett Gladiators.  Retrieved on February 23, 2014, http://www.gwinnettgladiators.com/site/default.asp

OurSports Central (2014).  OurSports Central.  Retrieved on February 23, 2014, http://www.oursportscentral.com/sports/?t_id=804

“Exciting Hockey of the Gwinnett Gladiators” (By: Michele Babcock-Nice)

Gwinnett Gladiators Hockey, October 2012

Gwinnett Gladiators Hockey, October 2012

Each year for the past several years, my family has enjoyed viewing at least one Gwinnett Gladiators hockey game during each regular season.  The Gwinnett Gladiators are a hockey team based in Duluth, Georgia, and that play at the Gwinnett Arena. This fall, in October, we were privileged to attend an October hockey game – much as we also did last season – when my son earned a free “Hat Trick for Reading” ticket for reading three on-grade level books.  The dentists that serve the hockey team sponsor the “Hat Trick for Reading” nights, and they are a real treat for us to come and enjoy exciting Gwinnett Gladiators Hockey! 

My Son Enjoying Gwinnett Gladiators Hockey, October 2012

My Son Enjoying Gwinnett Gladiators Hockey, October 2012

In the past, we have also attended a Gwinnett Gladiators hockey game with a pack of Cub Scouts to which my son belonged, while also enjoying a tour of the facility.  It was wonderful to get a “behind-the-scenes” look at the hockey rink, to view the players as they held a team practice session, personally receive a practice game hockey puck from one of the goalies, and sit in a Zamboni ice resurfacer. 

Me with my Son Sitting in a Zamboni on a Cub Scout Tour of Gwinnett Gladiators Hockey, January 2011

Me with my Son Sitting in a Zamboni on a Cub Scout Tour of Gwinnett Gladiators Hockey, January 2011

Growing up in the “Snow Belt” near Buffalo, New York, I was an ardent fan of the Buffalo Sabres.  As a child, I would sometimes stay up late at night when I was supposed to be asleep, quietly listening to radio broadcasts of the games.  It was the broadcasters of the games who truly brought these matches to life, and infused in me a love of hockey that I now share with my own son. 

Maximus the Lion, Mascot of the Gwinnett Gladiators Hockey Team, October 2012

Maximus the Lion, Mascot of the Gwinnett Gladiators Hockey Team, October 2012

Attending hockey games of the Gwinnett Gladiators is always exciting and enjoyable.  It is also a special treat if the television cameras capture my son waving his pennant in enthusiastic support of the team, and when we have the chance to meet the team’s mascot, Maximus.  Going to see a Gwinnett Gladiators hockey game is always affordable and enjoyable for the whole family.