The Saskatoon Blades weren't going to pass up this opportunity.
When the city of Saskatoon hosted an NHL exhibition game last week between the Calgary Flames and the Florida Panthers, the Blades had their hand prints all over it.
"It was a great opportunity for our organization to learn from the best," said Brad Boutilier, manager of game day operations and public relations for the Blades.
"It was a great way to compare the way the Calgary Flames run a game and the way the Saskatoon Blades run a game. There were a lot of similarities, but there were a lot of things we can take away from this entire experience,"
The game raised $225,000 and was split three ways between Saskatoon KidSport, Saskatoon Minor Hockey and the Saskatoon Blades Education Fund.
For the first time in the club's history, including the dismal years in Edmonton, the Kootenay Ice are 0-3 to start the regular season.
After dropping two straight decisions to the expansion Edmonton Oil Kings, the Ice lost 5-1 to Calgary Monday night.
"We came into the games a little too lackadaisical and took it for granted," said Kootenay defenceman Chad Greenan.