February has long been a special hockey month for the Kern County Hockey Club (KCHC). Most of our Junior Condors will be traveling out of state this upcoming President’s Day weekend. Holiday tournaments are great because they provide our youth players another fantastic opportunity to apply/test their skills against teams from all around the country. These tournaments are competitive, but the ultimate “goal” is to have a safe and enjoyable weekend. It is really good stuff just knowing our youth players from Bakersfield, California are competing in places like Detroit, Arizona, and Nevada, our club has come a long ways since the 90s. A word to the players, be sure to make lots of memories, take this time to get to know your fellow team mates better, and continue to look out for each other both on and off the ice. Lastly, proudly represent the Junior Condor’s brand.
Since it is a patriotic month, I couldn’t resist dropping a little hockey trivia. As some of you already know, on February 22, 1980, the “Miracle on Ice” occurred. If you never heard of the Miracle on Ice or you forgot, it isn’t a Walt Disney ice production. It is however to many the greatest hockey story in American hockey history. Thirty-seven years ago this month, the United States of America hockey team, filled with amateur players, did what was than thought to be the impossible. They defeated the Soviet Union’s hockey team, which was inconceivable at the time. For those unfamiliar with the history please rent “Miracle” starring Kurt Russell released in 2004. A timeless movie for the entire family.
Another nugget of patriotic trivia relative to hockey and President’s Day occurring in 1982. Former President Ronald Reagan, who successfully ended the Cold War with the former Soviet Union, invited the National Hockey League’s (NHL’s) All Star Team to the White House. During their visit President Reagan gave a speech. He remarked; “Last season, I understand that the attendance at National Hockey League games was nearly 12 million. But your sport stands for far more than numbers coming through the turnstile. The victory of the U.S. hockey team, the Olympic team over the Soviets at Lake Placid back in 1980, is a vivid memory cherished by the American people.” Ronald Reagan with the First Lady Nancy Reagan were also Los Angeles Kings fans and took in a live game on occasion.
If you happen to be playing in Las Vegas, the tournament will begin February 16th and end on February 20th. With this being said, Las Vegas isn’t just for adults anymore. There are a lot of fun things for families to do. KCHC has provided a small list of things to do:
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1.) Circus Circus Hotel & Casino – Adventuredome Indoor Theme Park
2.) Fremont Street experience – Zip line rides
3.) New York New York Hotel & Casino – Big Apple roller coaster
4.) Stratosphere Hotel & Casino – Thrill rides
5.) Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino – Shark Reef
6.) Luxor Hotel & Casino – Bodies the Exhibition and Titanic Artifact Exhibition
7.) Excalibur Hotel & Casino – Fun Dungeon
8.) Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
9.) CSI: The Experience
10.) The MOB Museum
11.) Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
12.) Paintball Zombie Apocalypse
Okay, one thing we all know is Las Vegas isn’t cheap and either is hockey. If you’re going to Las Vegas on a budget there are still plenty of things to do that won’t break the bank.
1. Mirage Volcano-Known as an iconic strip feature, the redesigned volcano features more fireworks and state-of-the-art sound system. Erupting nightly. Every hour from dusk-11pm at the Mirage Hotel & Casino.
2. See the world’s largest golden nugget at the Golden Nugget near Fremont Street.
3. KC Twins Dueling Pianos-A fun-filled, wacky laugh fest karaoke party at the Piano Bar. See identical twins Kim and Tamara perform. Piano Bar at Harrah’s Las Vegas, 9pm nightly.
4. Fountains of Bellagio-Featuring amazing musical and water displays, this spot is a must-stop for anyone walking the Strip.
5. Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens-Let your imagination wonder as you take a leisurely stroll amongst rare natural finds from all over the world. Open 24/7 at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino.
6. Rock on with a variety of guitars at Ed Roman Guitars.
7. Tour Wayne Newton’s mansion on Pecos & Sunset.
9. CBS Television City-The research center gives visitors the chance to be a part of the network’s decision-making by viewing and rating pilot shows. Open 10am-9pm at MGM Grand.
10. M&M’s World-Visit the entertainment attraction on the Las Vegas Strip. Critics give the experience two thumbs up! Open 9am-12am.
11. Street Performers at The Venetian-Located in St. Mark’s Square, it’s home to a wide array of performing artists including stilt walkers, magicians, living statues, and more. Daily performance at 12, 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6pm at The Venetian.
12. Flamingo Wildlife Habitat-The famed resort is home to a flock of live Chilean Flamingos. You’ll also find swans, ducks, koi, and turtles admidst islands and streams surrounded by waterfalls. Open 24/7 at Flamingo Las Vegas.
13. Stop by the Speedway to see the Shelby Mustangs.
14. Sirens of Treasure Island-Sexy sirens battle a band of renegade pirates in Siren’s Cove at Treasure Island. Nightly at 7, 8:30, 10, and 11:30pm.
15. Fall of Atlantis Show-Visit the lost world of Atlantis, via a captivating display of fire and special effects. Hourly from 10am-11pm at Caesar’s Palace.
16. Circus Circus Midway-Experience the world’s largest permanent circus, highlighting the center stage at the Carnival Midway. 11am daily at Circus Circus.
18. Play around in a life-size tree house at the Town Square.
19. Marvel at the beautiful colored glass art on the Bellagio Hotel lobby ceiling.
20. See the brewery at Monte Carlo Brew Pub.
21. Pay a tribute to the 9-11 Memorial at New York-New York.
22. See a variety of collectibles and Harley’s at the Harley Davidson Cafe.
23. Visit nearby Hoover Dam
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