Worcester Sharks Begin Quest For "Unum Cup" On Dollar Dog Wednesdays

Todd CivinSenior Writer INovember 18, 2009

Worcester Sharks President and CEO Michael T. Lehr announced today that the Sharks will begin their quest for the Unum Cup on “Dollar Dog Wednesdays” on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:05p.m. vs. the Portland Pirates. 

With every Wednesday game, Sharks fans that have lost their jobs will receive up to four tickets for their family with proof of unemployment and valid state ID.  Hot dogs will cost just $1.00 dollar all game for the remaining five Wednesday night games at the DCU Center.

The 4th Annual Unum Cup Challenge between the Portland Pirates and the Worcester Sharks will take place over the eight game AHL 2009-10 regular season series. At each game in each city, one lucky fan will be chosen from those who have entered as the Unum Challenge Fan of the Game. Each fan will win a replica jersey and receive five (5) tickets to a future game.

From November 18th through January 10th (during the first five games of the series), fans will have the opportunity to guess how many total shots would be taken throughout the eight games of the Worcester-Portland series.

At the end of the series, all the fans who guess the correct shot total will receive a co-branded Unum/Pirates/Sharks hat. Last season, the correct number of shots was 535.

Eight Game Series Schedule:

  • Wed., Nov. 18 at Worcester - 7:05 p.m.
  • Fri.,    Nov. 20 at Portland - 7:00 p.m.
  • Sun.,  Dec.  6 at Worcester - 3:05 p.m.                           
  • Thu.,  Dec. 31 at Portland – 5:30 p.m.
  • Sun.,  Jan. 10 at Worcester - 3:05 p.m.
  • Fri.,    Jan. 15 at Portland - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wed., Feb. 24 at Worcester - 7:05 p.m.
  • Fri.,   Apr. 11 at Portland - 4:00 p.m.

Last season, the Sharks and the Pirates split the Unum Challenge with a 5-5-0-0 record. As part of the challenge, Unum donated $2,500 dollars to Sharks Charities and the Portland Pirates Foundation.

The Sharks look forward to capture the Unum Cup title again this season!

On Wednesday, The Sharks host the Portland Pirates in Game One of the annual Unum Cup Challenge! With every Wednesday game, Sharks fans that have lost their jobs will receive up to four tickets for their family with proof of unemployment and valid state ID.  It’s also Dollar Dog Wednesdays…. Hot dogs are only $1.00 dollar!!!  Puck drop is 7:05p.m.

On Friday, the Sharks travel to Portland for a 7p.m. tilt vs. the Pirates and then travel to the Dunkin Donuts Center to battle the Bruins in Providence on Saturday night.

On Sunday, the Sharks host the Norfolk Admirals at 3:05p.m. Join us after the game for the 4th annual for the Hat & Mittens Holiday Skate presented by BayState Savings Bank! 

Fans are encouraged to bring new winter hats, mittens, and scarves and then skate with the Sharks during a postgame skate!  (skate rentals are not available)  Its $5 Kids Sundays presented by Papa Gino’s!  Kids 12-and-under are just $5 dollars with a purchase of an adult gold level ticket!

With each complete purchase (along with the purchase of an adult gold level ticket) fans will receive a FREE X-Large cheese pizza coupon to be used at participating Papa Gino’s locations. The $5 Dollar Kids Sunday ticket offer will only be available at the DCU Center Box Office on the day of the game.

Now in their fourth season in Worcester, the Sharks look forward to another exciting season highlighted by the improvements of the ice surface at the DCU Center and the reduction of season ticket prices!

Sharks fans may secure their 2009-10 season tickets today by calling 508-929-0500. Some of the exclusive benefits for full season ticket holders will include:

Guaranteed same seat for all 40 home dates and playoff home games at the DCU Center

  • Significant savings off box office ticket prices
  • Priority access to purchase tickets to DCU Center events (subject to availability)

Season ticket packages, group tickets, and individual tickets for the 2009-10 season are on sale now by contacting the Worcester Sharks Office at 508.929.0500 or by crashing the net at www.SharksAHL.com.

All games can be heard live on 580AM and 94.9FM WTAG, as well as online through AHL Live, by following the link on the Sharks website at www.SharksAHL.com .

The previous story was excerpted from a press release by  The Worcester Sharks of the AHL. Todd Civin is a freelance writer who writes for Bleacher Report , Sports, Then and Now , and Seamheads .

He is also a supporter of, A Glove of Their Own , the award-winning children’s story that teaches paying it forward through baseball. The Joe Niekro Foundation is the most recent non-profit organization to join the A Glove of Their Own team and will earn $3.00 dollars from each sale of the book purchased using the donor code JNF636 Joe Niekro Foundation .