Ugly Sweater Night, CANUSA Recognition, Teddy Bear Toss & Red Wing Legend, Joe Kocur Highlight Action Packed Hockey Weekend

The Firebirds return home to Flint for a pair of games this weekend as the club hosts the Hamilton Bulldogs this Friday, Dec. 1 for ‘Ugly Sweater Night’ and the Niagara IceDogs Saturday, Dec 2 for the third annual ‘Teddy Bear Toss’ and Joe Kocur Night. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. both games at the Dort Federal Event Center.

Join us Friday as the Firebirds will don especially ‘Ugly Sweater’ Jerseys that fans will have the chance to bid on during a live on-ice auction immediately following the game. All proceeds will be donated to The Old Newsboys of Flint, a non-profit organization that serves underprivileged children in the community. In the past two seasons, the Firebirds have raised over $20,000 for The Old Newsboys and are excited to be an important partner again this year. All fans wearing an ugly holiday sweater on Friday night are eligible for a special $5 discount on Silver level seats at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office.

“This event gives people a chance to have fun, while contributing to a worthy cause,” said Old Newsboys Executive Director, Christopher Hamilton. Proceeds from this event will provide Christmas boxes to needy children in Genesee County. The Old Newsboys have put presents under the tree for over 806,000 children across Genesee County. Last year alone, 6,468 children received gifts from the Old Newsboys. “With the support of the community, we’re making a difference, one child at a time,” added Hamilton.

Also on Friday night, local CANUSA athletes and coaches will be recognized for their participation and accomplishments. For 60 years the CANUSA Games have provided the youth (and adults) of Genesee County an opportunity to participate in international friendship Games between Hamilton, Ontario, and Flint, thus the recognition as the Hamilton Bulldogs visit Flint for the only time this season.

Saturday, fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used teddy bears or stuffed animals to the game and after the Firebirds score their first goal, fans can launch them onto the ice. The stuffed animals will be collected and donated to the Ennis Center for Children, Hurley Medical Center, Michigan State Police and the Whaley Children’s Center. Last year, the Firebirds donated more than 1,000 stuffed animals to the local charities. Fans are asked to bring and throw their stuffed animals in bags so that they stay dry for the kids.

Also on Saturday, four-time Stanley Cup Champion and former Detroit Red Wing Joe Kocur will be signing autographs on the arena concourse from 6-7:30 p.m. The First 1,000 fans through the door will receive a free Joe Kocur photo card to get autographed.

Single game tickets for all Firebirds games are $12 / Bronze, $16 / Silver, $20 / Gold and $26 for VIP seating. All seats are reserved / assigned seating. Fans can purchase tickets at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office and online at ticketmaster.comFor ticket information, flex tickets or group outings, contact Dominic Gutierrez at (810) 701-8536 or To book a private suite, please contact Karla Turner at (810) 744-0580 ext. 213 or email


For more information:

Dominic Hennig
Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club
(810) 519-9347

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