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Binghamton Black Bears prepare for home opener Nov. 6

Black Bears prepare for home opener
Black Bears prepare for home opener(WBNG 12 News)
Published: Nov. 2, 2021 at 4:33 PM EDT
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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Hockey hasn’t been played in Binghamton since Mar. 7, 2020.

All that changes Nov. 6 as the Binghamton Black Bears are set to take the ice for their home opener. Director of Broadcasting & Media Rob Lippolis said at puck drop Nov. 6 it will be 609 days since hockey has been played in Binghamton.

“It almost feels like yesterday, it’s been such a long time but we’re really excited to be back and to see ice in the arena for the first time in that amount of time,” Lippolis said. “It creates more chances for youth hockey in the area as well so we’re really excited and cannot wait to have fans back.”

Team Owner Andreas Johansson said players have had no problem staying motivated during this off time.

“We are a brand new team and I think as far as the players are concerned motivation is not a problem we have a good mix of rookies that are playing their first pro season and guys that are coming back who have been in the league before,” Johansson said. “It’s the same situation for them the vast majority have gone a very long time without playing for fans and that’s the number one motivator, our players and our team is all about the community and we can’t wait to play in front of the great fans of Binghamton, so I think that’s motivation enough for these guys.”

Lippolis said all youth hockey players will receive free season tickets this year.

“The team is around in the community and we’re helping out with youth hockey and all youth hockey players this season will get free season tickets,” Lippolis said.

The Black Bears are set to host Delaware for their home opener Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Visions Veterans Memorial Arena.

There will be a pregame party at Stone Fox from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Arena with live music from Wreckless Marci at the UHS Sound Stage between Sec 19 & 20 from 5:30 p.m. until puck drop.

Tickets for the home opener can be purchased online or by calling 607.722.7367