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Flames fans ramp up sea of red for playoffs
Colleen Schmidt, CTV Calgary
Published Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6:33PM MDT
Last Updated Tuesday, April 14, 2015 7:16PM MDT
Game one of the playoffs gets underway in Vancouver on Wednesday night and Flames fans have waited five long seasons to see their hometown heroes make a run for the cup.
Flames jerseys are flying off the racks at local sports stores and tickets to the games are being snapped up.
“I’ve got ice cream all over the other jersey and it’s been to 33 games this year, it’s been well experienced so I figured I’d get something new for playoffs and start a new tradition with this one,” said fan Ryan Mah.
JumpOn Flyaways, a crowd-funded enterprise using oil patch charter planes, is offering a flight to Vancouver for game two. If 100 people pledge to purchase the round trip ticket for $289, it will take off on Friday.
“It was just kind of a no brainer. We kind of just said why not put up a flight, again we’re a small flexible company and we just wanted to again give the say to the Flames fans and our customers and say hey, if you guys want to do this, it’s possible,” said Sean Jewett from JumpOn Flyaways.
The deadline to sign-up for the flight is Thursday at noon.
Tickets in Vancouver can still be had for as little as $147 but when the series returns to Calgary for game three, the only option appears to be through a ticket reseller like StubHub, where tickets are going for about $259.
The Flames hit the ice at the Saddledome on Tuesday for one last skate before heading to Vancouver.
After the practice, some members of the 1989 Stanley Cup winning team dropped by to encourage the team, including Lanny McDonald, Joel Otto and Theoren Fleury.
“I mean those are our heroes growing up and it’s really nice of them to come down and give us a bit of a speech and just to explain to us how lucky we are to have this opportunity and to take advantage of it because this city gets behind their teams better than almost anyone else and it’s a pretty special place when you can get on a playoff run,” said Joe Colbourne, Flames forward.
“Yea it’s awesome, obviously you want to be able to do that at the end of your career too so it’s a pretty special feeling and when those guys talk to you, it kind of shakes you up a bit and you realize this is the real thing and you want to get the job done here,” said Sean Monahan, Flames forward.
Game one gets underway at 8:00 p.m. MST and is available online and on television.
Click HERE for complete coverage of Round One on the playoffs.
(With files from Lea Williams-Doherty and Glenn Campbell)