Fans Attending NA3HL Game This Sunday, December 3 at 2pm MT and NAHL Game on Friday, December 15 at 6:30pm MT Can Join in Tossing Teddy Bears and Stuffed Animals Onto the Ice After the First Ice Wolves Goal
(Albuquerque, NM) Wednesday, November 29, 2023 – The New Mexico Ice Wolves® organization today announced two family fun events for a great cause in Teddy Bear Tosses with Bernalillo County Sherrif John Allen with the teddy bears and other stuffed animals collected being given to Bernalillo County Sheriff Office (BCSO) to be used as emotional support for kids in troubled situations. Fans are asked to bring new or gently used teddy bears and other stuffed animals to two upcoming home games at Outpost Ice Arenas in Albuquerque, one for the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) team and one for the North American Hockey League (NAHL) team. Each game will have a pregame ceremonial faceoff with Sheriff Allen.
The Teddy Bear Toss at the NA3HL game is this Sunday, December 3 at 2pm MT and the second Teddy Bear Toss is at the NAHL game on Friday, December 15 at 6:30pm MT. The Sunday game at 2pm MT caps off a three-game homestand for the NA3HL NM Ice Wolves against the Mid Cities Jr. Stars with games on Friday and Saturday, December 1-2 at 6:30pm MT. The Friday, December 15 NAHL game at 6:30pm MT kicks off a two-game homestand against South Division rival Oklahoma Warriors with Saturday’s game also at 6:30pm MT.
“The Teddy Bear Toss is more than a delightful event, it’s a beacon of hope and comfort for children facing difficult times. These teddy bears symbolize the care and compassion of our community, and I am proud to be part of this wonderful initiative,” said Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen. “The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office remains committed to not only ensuring the safety of our residents but also to fostering a nurturing and supportive environment for our young citizens.”
“We are honored that our fans and organization have the opportunity to support this important effort in our community that helps bring encouragement to children when they need it most,” said Stan E. Hubbard, owner of the NM Ice Wolves and Outpost Ice Arenas. “We look forward to welcoming special guest Sheriff Allen to enjoy hockey in the desert and experience the positive environment for young people we are fostering in our community.”
The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office has always prioritized initiatives that aid in providing emotional support to children. Over the years, BCSO has developed several programs focusing on the well-being of young individuals in the community, especially those undergoing traumatic experiences. BCSO deputies are trained to use these teddy bears as tools to build trust and provide a sense of security to children during incidents that are often overwhelming and scary.
Sheriff John Allen has spent the entirety of his professional life dedicated to upholding law, order, and justice in his community. With a career spanning over two decades, Sheriff Allen has been an integral part of the law enforcement community of New Mexico. Sheriff Allen began his distinguished career in 1997 with the New Mexico State Police, stationed in Las Vegas, New Mexico. In 2001, he moved to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), where his commitment to serving the public led him to work in all area commands. His expertise and dedication quickly led him to the role of a detective, where he specialized in handling violent crimes and homicides. In 2013, Sheriff Allen was promoted to Sergeant and he was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division in September 2014. His purview expanded to include Homicide, Violent Crimes, SWAT, Crisis Intervention Unit, Cold Case Investigations and supervisory positions in the Special Weapons and Tactics unit, and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement agencies. After retiring from BCSO in 2019, Sheriff Allen continued his dedication to law enforcement education by serving as an Instructor at the Central New Mexico Community College Law Enforcement Academy in 2020. In January 2023, his career culminated in his election as Sheriff.
Single game, season tickets and Flex Plan ticket packs for the NAHL NM Ice Wolves are available at tickets.nmicewolves.com or at the Outpost Ice Arena. Every NM Ice Wolves NAHL game can also be watched exclusively on the new NAHL TV streaming service (nahltv.com) where fans can experience the quality of NM Ice Wolves TV productions and the fun of watching hockey on television. Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV and Android smart TV apps are available for NAHL TV.
*New for the 2023-2024 season is reserved seating
Remaining 17 NA3HL home games plus priority for playoff tickets:
Reserved Chair Seats (Rows F – J) – $360
Reserved Bleacher Seats (Rows A – E) – $215
12 Game Flex Pack: Pick your games:
Reserved Chair Seats (Rows F – J) – $180
Reserved Bleacher Seats (Rows A – E) – $120
6 Game Flex Pack: Pick your games:
Reserved Chair Seats (Rows F – J) – $90
Reserved Bleacher Seats (Rows A – E) – $60
Remaining 14 NAHL home games plus priority for playoff tickets:
Reserved Chair Seats (Rows F – J) – $770
Reserved Bleacher Seats – $420
Friday or Saturday Flex Plans
14 Games Reserved Chair Seats (Rows F – J) – $385
6 Game Reserved Bleacher Seats (Rows A – E) – $165
14 Games Reserved Bleacher Seats (Rows A – E) – $210
6 Games Reserved Bleacher Seats (Rows A – E) – $90
Land of Enchantment Suite with 32 seats for $479
Sandia Suite with 42 seats for $649
Keep up to date with the NM Ice Wolves NAHL team by visiting their NAHL Team Page or follow the team on social media via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok and the arena at www.outposticearena.com. Keep up to date with the NM Ice Wolves NA3HL team by visiting their NA3HL Team Page or follow the team on social media via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Pocket schedules can be picked up at Outpost Ice Arenas and many other locations around the community.
Entering its 49th season in 2023-24, the North American Hockey League (NAHL), the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior league boasting 32 teams from across North America, prides itself on the social maturity and skill development of student-athletes ages 16-20 with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey. During the 2022-23 season, the NAHL recorded 363 NCAA commitments, including 256 NCAA Division I commitments. In addition, 38% of all NCAA Division I freshmen played in the NAHL and seven players with NAHL ties were selected in the 2023 NHL Draft.
About the NA3HL
Entering its 14th season in 2023-24, the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) is the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Junior league and serves as one of the top training grounds in the country by providing the best coaching, exposure and developmental vehicles available for student-athletes in its classification. The primary mission of the NA3HL, which is managed organizationally by the North American Hockey League (NAHL), is to provide a structured developmental environment for student-athletes who have aspirations of playing in Tier I or II junior hockey and eventually the NCAA or American College Hockey Association. For more information, visit www.na3hl.com
About NAHL TV
Starting with the 2023-24 season, every game and all of the action of NAHL and its development partners in the NA3HL and NAPHL can be watched exclusively on NAHL TV. NAHL TV is the exclusive television home of all three leagues with flexible subscription options that include single game, monthly or annual subscriptions. NAHL TV is available at www.nahltv.com and will soon be available on an NAHL TV app on Roku, AppleTV, FireTV and Chromecast for additional convenience.