The Rockford IceHogs will celebrate their 20th anniversary this Saturday night with Alumni Night.

I grew up a big Chicago Blackhawks fan, so I was very excited when they announced we were getting a hockey team in Rockford.

There are so many great memories including the first game, winning a championship, moving to the AHL, and becoming part of the Hawk's organization.

I don't know how many games I've been to but I know it's a lot. I've worked for the team for several years too. Through the years, I've met and interviewed a bunch of players

This year, the team is celebrating its 20th anniversary. I can't believe it.

This Saturday night down at the BMO Harris Bank Center will be special. It's Alumni Night. The Hogs are bringing back some of the fan favorites to honor.

According to,

"The IceHogs are expected to welcome back several team alumni for the event, including Scott Burfoot, Matt Gens, Oak Hewer, Corey Hessler, Raitis Ivanans, Nathan Lutz, Preston Mizzi, JF Rivard, and Joe Statkus. Gens, Hessler, Lutz, and Mizzi were each a part of the 2006-07 IceHogs squad that won the 2007 Colonial Cup in the United Hockey League."

"The evening’s festivities will include a ceremonial puck drop from Lutz, alumni events and recognition during each intermission, a special theme to the Pig Pen gameday program and a tribute on the video board."

"Fans are also invited to meet and receive autographs from the IceHogs alumni on the concourse prior to the start of the IceHogs and Admirals game. The Hogs alumni will be signing autographs along the jersey wall on the concourse from 5 – 5:45 p.m., and during the second intermission."

I hope to see you there.

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