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January 15, 2013

Electricity In the Air and On the Ice

Wichita Thunder versus fort worth brahmas

Heather Bohrer

by Brant Whitelock
Vice Chair of the Pulse Team

The buzzer cuts through the cold air. AC/DC blasts over the speakers. The Wichita Thunder hits the ice as Thunder fans of all ages leap to their feet and start screaming.

Friday night at INTRUST Bank Arena is an exciting place to be as the Thunder go head to head against the Fort Worth Brahmas. It was my first hockey game of the year and I didn’t want to be anywhere else in this moment. Every year I am impressed with the energy and excitement that fills the air in the Arena when the Thunder competes. Thunder fans are dedicated hockey fans (all the way from face painting to cheering and trash talking) and there were over 5,000 on this particular night. Banners hang in the air boasting the Thunders previous years accomplishments: 2012 Governors’ Cup Champions and 2012 Berry Conference Champions, and the Thunder fans let the opposing team know they were proud.
The Thunder jump to an early lead scoring four goals quickly. The Arena is BOOMING. The atmosphere is electric, the energy of the fans contagious and I couldn’t help but get caught up in the moment. Although, I don’t consider myself a “true hockey fan,” I felt myself cheering louder with every scored goal.

The Thunder won that night. But I didn’t go to see a win. I went because of the electricity –  in the air and on the ice. On January 18th, the Thunder will take on one of their biggest rivals, the Tulsa Oilers. I know the Arena will be packed with the same crazy, dedicated Thunder fans as my first game this season, cheering their team on to victory. I’m looking forward to being in the Arena that night for the YPW Wichita Thunder UltraMingle and cheering on the Thunder with other YP’s. Wichita is very lucky to have a talented hockey team and as Young Professionals, we need to support the Wichita Thunder. Whether you consider yourself a “true hockey fan” or not please join us on Friday, January 18th for electricity in the air and on the ice!

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