Our Expanded Rush on Thursday, October 20th against the Montreal Canadiens brought almost 500 students to Consol Energy Center. The day was barely over 40 degrees and students began lining up at 10 AM. The first 400 students in line received a free AE NHL Vintage Pro T.
Right before 5, students got a special surprise: Jordan Staal, James Neal, Deryk Engelland, Pascal Dupuis and Coach Dan Bylsma delivered pizzas to the waiting fans.
Fans also participated in trivia contests and giveaways.
William R. (second from right) won a signed puck. He and his friends Elliot M., Seth G., and Sean G. all play hockey for Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh and have been coming to student rush events for years.
Britti M., a student at Carlow Unversity in Pittsburgh, attended her first Student Rush and won a Deryk Engelland (her favorite player!) signed puck.
Every Expanded Student Rush features a 'Cotton Eyed Joe' dance-off to pay homage to the song that plays during breaks of play at the games. The first winner was Jessica H. who received an American Eagle gift card.
Phil M. won a Matt Cooke autographed puck during the second dance-off and met his favorite player, Jordan Staal.
Want to get in on the fun? The remaining dates for Expanded Rush for 2011-2012 are:
- Tues, 11/15 vs. Colorado Avalanche – 7:30 pm
- Wed, 2/15 vs. Anaheim Ducks – 7:00 pm
- Fri, 3/9 vs. Florida Panthers – 7:00 pm
- Tues, 3/27 vs. New York Islanders – 7:00 pm
*Tickets subject to availability. For alternate entry for all Student Rush text message contests click here and enter 32623 for SHORT CODE and ALT for the Contest Keyword. For official contest rules for all Student Rush text message contests click here.