“We would like to thank all of the teams that submitted their team name & logo for this contest. We had a tremendous response from dozens of teams from across North America and we are excited to name Rut Hockey our first annual winner,” said Gems President Joe Greene.
The Gems will now wear replica jerseys of Rut Hockey’s fan-favorite design during Dayton’s regular season matchup against division rival Fort Wayne Komets on January 7. The very unique jerseys and socks feature a hunting theme complete with a woodsman camouflage pattern accented with bright orange stripes.
In addition to wearing the team’s uniform, the Gems will invite Rut Hockey’s players to the game so they can participate in a special shootout against the MegaCity Hockey Club, a recreational team in Dayton, during the first intermission.
“This is an opportunity to not only honor the beer leagues of the country, but to also raise money for a charitable organization,” added Greene. “Our players will actually be wearing replicas of the camouflaged uniforms for the game, and I know they’ll have a lot of fun with it.
Rut Hockey will be given 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.
All of the game worn Rut Hockey jerseys worn by the Dayton Gems players will then be sold in an online auction the following week on DaytonGems.com, with a portion of the proceeds going to the charity of Rut Hockey’s choice.
Short for Realizing Unlimited Potential, Rut Hockey describes themselves as a tight knit group of amateur hockey players originally from all over the country that play together to help grow the sport of hockey in their community. Based out of San Antonio, TX they play in adult tournaments throughout North America.
For the fans, January 7 will feature many special promotions to honor the adult “beer league” hockey culture, including a Gems pint glass giveaway for the first 500 fans 18 and older through the gates, as well as Hara Arena beer specials.