Finale Of Corral Series Features Salute To Calgary Wranglers

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The Corral Series, presented by Adrenalin Source for Sports, comes to an end tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 8 with the third and final game.

The Calgary Hitmen, rebranded the Calgary Wranglers for a night as a salute to the former Western Hockey League franchise, will host the Prince Albert Raiders in a 7:00 p.m. start at the Stampede Corral.

The Wranglers played 10 seasons in the WHL from 1977-87 after moving to Calgary from Winnipeg.  During their decade in our city, they made the playoffs seven times with their deepest post-season run to the 1981 league final.  That playoff year the Wranglers beat the Billings Bighorns, Lethbridge Broncos and Regina Pats en route to the championship series before falling in the seventh and deciding game to the Victoria Cougars.

Doors open Friday at 6:00 p.m. and the evening begins with a special pre-game ceremony featuring three Wranglers alumni in Doug Sauter, Ray Cote and Jack MacDonald.  MacDonald will host the on-ice ceremony and introduce the starting line-ups for both teams while Sauter and Cote will drop the puck in a ceremonial face-off.  Sauter was the Wranglers head coach from 1978-83 recording 202 wins, Cote tallied 158 points in parts of three seasons and MacDonald was a broadcaster with the team.

Both the Hitmen and Prince Albert are getting into the spirit with their look to fit the timeline.

Calgary will wear limited edition Wranglers jerseys and socks that will be sold in an online auction at which opens Friday at 7:00 p.m. and closes on Feb. 20 at 8:00 p.m.  Net proceeds to benefit the Hitmen Education Fund.

The Raiders will be wearing throwback sweaters dating back to the 1988-89 season.

Great seats are still available including a family four pack for $80 plus GST which includes tickets for two adults and two kids 12 and under.

Tickets can be purchased at any Ticketmaster location or the Scotiabank Saddledome Box Office.  Tickets are also available at the Stampede Corral Box Office on game day.

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