Puckabods planned for Saturday’s ‘Runners game

Nicole Stejskal

A night of free entertainment and all-you-can-eat burritos is what lies in store for Washburn students at the Puckabods hockey event.

The Topeka RoadRunners hockey team and the Campus Activities Board have teamed up for Puckabods, Washburn’s night with the RoadRunners, to be held on Feb. 28. The first 150 students sporting Washburn gear will get into the hockey game for free, and all other students will receive a discounted rate with their Washburn ID.

The Ichabod will be at the game to drop the puck and throw T-shirts to the crowd, and the Dancing Blues will perform during the game’s intermission.

Qdoba, a RoadRunner sponsor, will also have a booth set up in the concourse to give away promotional items and host a burrito-eating contest. After the game, fans can take to the ice to skate with the RoadRunner team.

Everyone is encouraged to attend the game because this year’s RoadRunner team is much different than fans have seen in the past. As part of the North American Hockey League, players range from 17 to 20 years old and participate in the league to receive college scholarships. Many scouts also attend the games looking for players to recruit.

“It’s not like your normal semi-pro hockey game,” said Morgan Campbell, sales and promotions director for the RoadRunners. “The boys know that every night they are going on the ice there could be someone looking for them, so the games are more serious and competitive.”

Campbell hopes that the Puckabods event will help introduce the new Roadrunner team to Washburn students and the Topeka community.

Billie Jean Bergmann, executive director for CAB, also encourages all students to attend the game as a way to get involved in the community.

“It’s also a great way for students to relax and enjoy themselves on the weekend,” Bergmann said.