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Feel The Draft
Over 500 attend 2008 PIHA Gateway Draft Party
With the second PIHA Gateway season kicking off on December 1st, over 500 inline hockey enthusiasts converged at Midwest Sport Hockey in Queeny Park on November 3rd, 2007. Guests were treated to food catered in by D. Marie’s, Pepsi products, and an evening’s worth of entertainment including the Tour Hockey Draft Raffle featuring the extremely cool and unique Cobalt Q skates, a live performance by Jellydogg, and a video presentation. Over 130 players were drafted onto the PIHA Gateway St. Louis teams in front of friends, family, and fans. The four St. Louis teams also unveiled their new logos courtesy of Tour Hockey at the Draft Party. With an updated sleek and modern look, the four St. Louis teams will certainly stand out in the world of sports. With Bob Carroll as the MC and sponsors including Pepsi Americas, On the Run-Mobil, CFM Shell, UPS (www.upsjobs.com), Tour Hockey, US Bank, Jeff Michelman and appearances by the Arch Rival Roller Girls, Tour President Walt Frazier, and members of the St. Louis Variety Club there was a little something for everyone at the event. Finally, in a surprise HUGE announcement, PIHA Gateway revealed a new sponsorship with Anheuser-Busch’s energy drink 180.
Photos from the draft party available starting November 17th at www.collages.net (Username PIHA, Password: 7405)
Organization of the Year: Midwest Tornados
Champions Pro Division: Southside Snipers
Champions Minor Division: Southside Snipers
MVP Pro Division: Tommy Bruce (Southside Snipers)
MVG Pro Division: James Cash (Midwest Tornados)
Commitment To Community: Josh and Jeremy Bruce (St. Louis Cobras)
MVP Minor Division: PJ Tallo (Southside Snipers)
MVG Minor Division: Craig Bremerkamp (Southside Snipers)
2008 First Round Draft Picks:
St. Louis Cobras (two picks acquired from River City Whalers): Jeff Hill, John McGuinness, and Matt Johnson
River City Whalers: First round draft picks traded to St. Louis Cobras for Mark Ell and Jeff Mobley
Midwest Tornados: Bill Scalise and Kyle Gouge (acquired from Cobras)
Southside Snipers: JJ McAtee and Todd Hoeferlin
Season tickets are officially on sale! Tickets are available for $50 (includes team of your choice’s home AND away games). In addition, League Passes are available for $75 (includes all access to all PIHA Gateway games in St. Louis). Both season tickets and league passes include great coupons from our sponsors such as free car washes!
The only way to get into the action and get a season ticket is to email [email protected] or visit www.pihagatewayhockey.com. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted (Visa, Mastercard, Discover).
Want to become a bigger part of PIHA Gateway? You can purchase an ad in our adbook (ads must be received by November 21st). Email [email protected] for details or visit our website at www.pihagatewayhockey.com.
The 2007-2008 PIHA Gateway schedule will be released in its entirety this week! Mark your calendars for what will prove to be the BIGGEST opening night in PIHA history: December 1st, 2007 when the River City Whalers will visit the St. Louis Cobras at the Matteson Triplex (special 4 PM start).