Pro Hockey May Be out of Commission, but the Sport Still Abounds for True Fans This Season; Travelocity’s Travel Expert Reveals Alternate Options for Hockey Fanatics

SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 16, 2004–Are you hurtin’ for hockey? Tired of the ongoing bickering between players and owners putting you on ice? Then it’s time to move on to great games where hockey players compete more for the love of the sport. Devoted fans can skate around North America to find hockey-crazed rinks for a fix, according to Amy Ziff, editor-at-large for Travelocity(R).

“It’s not time to turn to figure skating just yet,” says Ziff. “There’s great hard-hitting action and we can send you to some of the best rinks.”

Following are Ziff’s suggestions on some great hockey options this season:

    --  The Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League: Based
        in picturesque Manchester, New Hampshire, this is one of the
        winningest teams this season in professional hockey. The
        Monarchs are a farm team that holds the key prospects for the
        Los Angeles Kings, including an incredible goalie in Mathieu

    --  The Boston College Eagles, Division I. U.S. College Hockey:
        The Eagles are a perennial powerhouse and have a history of
        producing professional talent including New Jersey Devil Brian
        Gionta. Based on the edge of Beantown, there's a lot of busy
        skating going on.

    --  The Michigan Wolverines, Division I. U.S. College Hockey:
        About one hour outside of Detroit, they have a nasty way of
        winning hockey games. The Wolverines are another dynasty team
        in Division I. College with professional hockey vets including
        John Madden to their credit.

    --  The Seattle Thunderbirds, Western Hockey League: Seattle has
        one of the top teams in Junior A hockey. In fact, they're tops
        in the Western Division, the league where professional hockey
        drafts most of its talent.

    --  The State of Minnesota, Period: Known as 'The State of
        Hockey,' the sport ranks tops in popularity here. Both college
        and high school hockey are huge in Minnesota. And, the XCEL
        Energy Centre in St. Paul is the converging point for some of
        the biggest face-offs this year with the Red Baron WCHA Final
        Five (Division I. tournament), the Schwan Cup high school
        holiday tournament and the State Hockey Tournament.

    --  The Hamilton Bulldogs, American Hockey League: You can always
        count on the Canadians, or Les Canadiens, for hockey.
        Montreal's farm team is located in Canada's Steeltown, 45
        minutes from Toronto and one hour from Buffalo, N.Y. The
        Bulldogs are known for tearing up the ice and have young pro
        player Jason Ward in the lineup.

    --  The Saskatoon Blades, Western Hockey League: Meet the
        hockey-fanatic fans of the Junior A Blades, where hockey is
        the sport in town for rabid fans of the game. Welcome to the
        land of hard-hitting hockey and a team with a great history of
        grads gone pro to back it up.

    --  The Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League: This is the
        Junior A club of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky where he wore
        that renowned No. 99 that has since been retired from
        professional hockey. The Hounds is one of the storied
        franchises in junior hockey, and this Northern Ontario city is
        known for its raucous crowd.

    --  The Quebec Ramparts, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League: The
        home team to hockey legends Guy Lafleur and Patrick Roy plays
        in one of the classic old rinks in North America, Le Colisee
        (now called the Pepsi Coliseum). This Junior A team is based
        in Quebec City, one of the old cities in North America and one
        with a distinct European feel. The hockey here resembles the
        fluid, skill-oriented European game.

According to Ziff, there’s no need to deny yourself of some gripping hockey this season just because your favorite professional team is out of commission — there’s lots of great hockey to enjoy.

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