This month, for the first time, professional hockey is coming to Cache Valley’s Eccles Ice Center. Utah Grizzlies and the Idaho Steelheads will meet in an exhibition at the Ice Center in North Logan Friday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. The event is a benefit fundraiser for the Ice Center. Grizzly management approached the Ice Center with the idea. “The Grizzlies look for venues to play their pre-season games,” said Ice Center Marketing Director Tommy Kite. “They contacted us asking if we would be willing to host a game. We got it put together and it’s become a good fundraiser for us because they’re allowing us to keep the proceeds from the event.” This is a first for the seven-year old Eccles Ice Center. “The Grizzlies have never played here before,” said Kite. “Next to the Olympics this is probably the biggest thing we’ve had at the Ice Center. We’re excited about it.” Tickets are $7 and it will be general admission seating in the 2,000-seat arena. “For a lot of the Utah State University games we come close to 2,000 attendance so we’re hoping with the Grizzlies in town we might sell it out.” The Grizzlies are an affiliate of the New York Islanders and play in the ECHL. Kite said Firehouse Pizza in Logan has been generous enough in agreeing to feed the Grizzlies team after the game. “We are turning it into a meet and greet so fans who want to be there after the game can come down and meet the team. “They’re happy to sign autographs and take pictures,” said Kite.
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