Badlands Sabres bring fans out to the ice

Badlands SabresRAPID CITY, S.D.– It was a packed house at the Roosevelt Ice Arena in Rapid City as the Badlands Sabres played Sunday afternoon, with free admission for all.

The Sabres hosted the Yellowstone Quake in a makeup game-turned-customer appreciation giveback game sponsored by Affiliated Mortgage.

In lieu of admission, donations were accepted to help purchase equipment for local youth hockey. A raffle was also held for a jersey signed by the entire team.

“We’re hoping to do one game a year with free admission just to get people out. Experience the game, experience the atmosphere, and support a local team with several local kids playing,” Owner and Manager Vern Burress said. “We got kids playing all the way across the United States and Canada that are playing, so we just want to give them some exposure and show the public what we’re all about.”

The Rushmore Mites played during the first intermission, giving non-hockey parents a chance to see the beginnings of a possible career. And after the game, there was a free skate with Sabres players, where they signed autographs and handed out photos.

“We’re a first-year team. and so getting the people here to experience a great competition, great level of hockey. that’s what this whole free game was about and we hope to bring it back later on, especially into the playoffs.”

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