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COYOTES FANS RECALL CUP TRIP

Saturday, 08.16.2008 / 12:01 PM / Features
By Russell Brooks
Imagine getting the opportunity to go to the Stanley Cup Finals just for sending one simple e-mail.

That’s what happened to two Coyotes’ season-ticket holders who won Fox Sports Net Arizona’s “E-mail the Booth” contest last season.

For being selected randomly from 3,000 e-mailed entries, Kathy Lindsay received two tickets to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals between Pittsburgh and host Detroit.

“I felt excited,” said Kathy, who has been a loyal season-ticket holder for four years. “At first I didn’t think it was legitimate. I was thinking ‘Did I really win?’ It caught me off guard.”

All last season, FSN Arizona received questions from Coyotes fans. Select questions were then displayed and answered during broadcasts by color commentator Darren Pang. Kathy’s submission asked “Why was the goal judge moved from behind the nets and where are they sitting now?”

Kathy, 47, and her 72-year-old mother, Pat, flew to Detroit on May 25 and stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The next day, the ladies took off early for Joe Louis Arena, but when they arrived they were told no tickets had been left at the Will Call Window in their names.

Luckily, they had a reliable on-site contact provided by FSN Arizona. They called Coyotes television play-by-play broadcaster Dave Strader, who was in Detroit calling the finals for NHL International.

After Strader assured them the tickets would be ready for them at 5 p.m., the ladies decided to go to the River Walk, where they found many people sporting Red Wings and Penguins jerseys. While along the walk, Pat and Kathy ran into NHL analyst Bill Clement and enjoyed a nice 10-minute conversation with him.

“We met him 10 years ago when he was in town for a Coyotes game at America West Arena,” Kathy said. “We had an opportunity to meet him at Majerle's (Sports Grill) back then. He was very nice and accommodating.”

Kathy then approached the Will Call Window a second time about an hour before the game started and received her two tickets, just as Strader had promised.

The ladies immediately felt playoff energy as they entered the arena. Many fans were decked out in Red Wings and Penguins colors and chants echoed throughout the spacious building.

“I was surprised with how many Penguins fans were there,” Kathy said.

Once seated in section 203B, the ladies received a surprise phone call from Strader, who wanted to make sure they had received the tickets.

“I thought it was cool,” Kathy said. “He told me to look over my left shoulder and he was waving to us from the press box.”

Once the game started, the intensity increased, Kathy said. Not knowing what to expect from the locals, the ladies found Red Wings fans very pleasant to the visitors from the desert.

“I wish the Red Wings fans acted that way at Jobing.com Arena,” said Pat, who has been a season-ticket holder for eight years.

The Red Wings beat the Penguins 3-0 en route to winning the Stanley Cup in six games.

“I was rooting for a good game,” said Kathy, who had no emotional ties to either team. “I didn’t care who won. It was a great game to watch. It’s great knowing you were a part of that Stanley Cup history.”


 
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