|May 9, 2011
DAYTON, OH – The Dayton Gems are reaching out to beer league hockey teams across the nation in an effort to recognize the uniqueness and creativity that many teams have designated as their team logo.
For the first time in the organization’s history, the Gems will be hosting a Beer League Night and will honor the team with the most interesting jersey and team name in the nation.
The Gems will wear replica jerseys of the team with the winning design and name during a regular season CHL game this upcoming season. In addition to wearing the team’s jersey, the Gems will invite the winning Beer League Team to the game so they can play against the MegaCity Hockey Club – a recreational team in Dayton – during the first intermission.
The idea for the event was sparked after the Gems front office read a blog post on the website Puck Daddy, a blog site by Yahoo! Sports. In the blog, editor Greg Wyshynski honored, what he felt to be, the top beer league jersey designs in the nation.
After seeing some of the ingenious ideas that teams had come up with, the Gems decided to create a contest to see what team logo and name hockey fans felt was the best.
From now until July 1, the Gems will be collecting photographs of some of the most outrageous and innovative jerseys beer league hockey teams have to offer. Teams can submit photos of their jerseys by emailing the Dayton Gems at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the submission period ends, the Gems will select a list of finalists and let fans decide which jersey and name are the best in beer league hockey. Fans will have the month of July to vote on a winner. A survey will be posted on daytongems.com for fans to vote on their favorite team.
At the end of voting, the Gems will then invite the team with the winning jersey design to Dayton to watch the Gems play in the replica jerseys. The winning team will also be playing against the Megacity Hockey Club during the first intermission.
After the game, all of the game worn beer league jerseys worn by Dayton Gems players will be sold in an online auction. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go towards the charity of the beer league team’s choice.
“This is an opportunity to not only honor the beer leagues of the country, but to also raise money for a charitable organization,” said Dayton Gems President Joe Greene. “Our players will actually be wearing replicas of the winning beer league team’s jersey for a game, and I know they’ll have a lot of fun with it.
“Our plan is to give the winning team a VIP experience with the Gems on the night of the game, complete with an opportunity to sit on the team bench for warm-ups, a tour of the Gems locker room, and a meet and greet with our players and head coach after the game.”
The date of the game in which the winning beer league team will be invited to Dayton will be determined once the Gems announce their 2011-12 CHL schedule. The Gems are also working with Hara Arena to provide a beer special on the night of the game and will be partnering with a local tavern to host an official beer league night postgame party.
The Kettering Medical Center is proud to be the official title sponsor of the Dayton Gems.