T-Town hockey and all that goes with it takes over the Huntington Center again on October 26.
The Toledo Walleye open its 72-game regular season schedule on the road against Fort Wayne on October 19 with a stop in Cincinnati on October 24 before coming home for its opener on October 26 against the Wheeling Nailers at 7:15 p.m.
The Walleye play 30 of its 36 total home games on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Six home games have the Toledo Walleye taking on the Cincinnati Cyclones, who they faced during the first round of playoffs last season. The Walleye are at home the day after Thanksgiving (November 29) and have two games during the Christmas holiday season (December 28 & 30).
“We can’t wait to kick off the 2013-14 season and welcome our fans back to the Huntington Center,” says Erik Ibsen, Toledo Walleye Assistant General Manager. “Last season our fans set records in attendance, group ticket sales, youth hockey and school day tickets. We appreciate all their support and look forward to providing them with another season of fun events, both on and off the ice, and of course, great hockey.“
The Walleye fan experience will again include the ever-popular Scout Sleepovers, School Celebration Day, Jersey Auctions, and Hockey Heritage Weekend.
The Toledo staff congratulated five former Walleye players who helped the Grand Rapids Griffins win its first Calder Cup championship, defeating the Syracuse Crunch in game six. Gleason Fournier, Luke Glendening, Andrej Nestrasil and Petr Mrazek all played for Toledo this season and Brian Lashoff played during the 2010-2011 season.
Fifteen players make up the 2012-13 season-ending roster for the Walleye. It includes seven defensemen and eight forwards.
Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players but cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2012-13. Teams may reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from their list by extending a qualifying offer no later than June 30. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (players who have appeared in 260 regular season professional hockey games as of the start of the 2013-14 season).
The roster is as follows: Defensemen (7) — Cody Lampl, Nathan Martine, Wes O’Neill, Phil Oreskovic, Phil Rauch, Joey Ryan, and Erik Spady.
Forwards (8) — Aaron Bogosian, Adam Hobson, Joey Martin, Nino Musitelli, Travis Novak, Kyle Rogers, Randy Rowe, and Stephon Thorne
Toledo Walleye game plans are on sale right now. Call 419-725-WALL or online at www.toledowalleye.com.