There’s no shortage of unique promotions in minor professional hockey. Back when it was an ECHL club, the Bakersfield Condors hosted “Charlie Sheen Night” to celebrate the actor during his peak days on Two and a Half Men. The defunct Las Vegas Wranglers once held a night to dishonor former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of corruption. Heck, the Long Beach Ice Dogs gave 1,000 women in attendance team-themed underwear based on the show Desperate Housewives.
Those can be filed under “weird.” The Fayetteville Marksmen’s game on the Fort Bragg army reserve, on the other hand, lands firmly in the “cool” category.
On October 12, only days before the beginning of the 2019-20 SPHL regular season, the Marksmen will host the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs at Cleland Ice Rink on Fort Bragg, the largest military installation in the world. Three years ago, the installation held a regular-season MLB game between the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves, which makes the hockey game the second professional sporting event has taken place there.
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