“Incredible would be an understatement.”
That’s how Surrey Eagles’ play-by-play broadcaster and Director of Sales and Marketing, Cole Marton, described the feeling of having fans in the arena again.
“There’s a buzz in the building again. It’s exciting energy, and the players are also so excited that their friends and family can be in the stands,” he says.
Marton recalls last year’s BCHL pod season a bit like the movie Groundhog Day — the team would go into the pod, play the same two teams, win and go home. With no fans, every series felt the same. The Eagles won 17 of their 20 games against the Coquitlam Express and Powell River Kings last year, and with COVID-19 restrictions at the time, there was no opportunity for a post-season. This year will be different.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have fans back in the arena this year, it’s a completely different atmosphere and we missed them a lot last season,” says the Surrey Eagles’ longest tenured player, Buddy Johnson, a White Rock native who scored a hat-trick in the Eagles’ pre-season game against the Langley Rivermen. “Time for us to get to work and put on a good show for them!”
The Surrey Eagles always welcome volunteers for game day operations, and recently welcomed a brand-new, fantastic volunteer coordinator to lead volunteers. You’ll have a great time gaining experience within a Junior A hockey organization, and there’s opportunity for growth for motivated volunteers. Get up close with your Surrey Eagles while gaining experience selling merchandise or helping with events like Chuck-A-Puck and the Spin Wheel.
“Our volunteers help make our game nights the best they can be, for the benefit of the community,” Marton says. “If you’re passionate about hockey, this is a great opportunity to get involved.”
Volunteers receive free admission to the game and pizza after participating, and can earn volunteer hours for graduation requirements.
Let’s fill the Nest!
2021-2022 single game tickets are on sale now! All home games take place at South Surrey Arena at 2199 148 St. You can now purchase your tickets online through Showpass or at the door on game days. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for youth aged six to 12.
In compliance with BC public health guidelines, all attendees will be asked for proof of vaccination and are required to wear a mask or face covering.