In an event labeled "Titletown Night," both the Helena Bighorns and the Carroll College Saints football teams were honored for their recent national championships. The pregame events included a photo session with the Silver Cup, the trophy symbolic of the USA Hockey Jr. A National Championship and a meet and greet with various Bighorns staff members.
To honor the champions of Junior A hockey, the Brewers invited Helena Bighorns Head Coach, Scott Cunningham, to throw out the games first pitch. In fitting fashion, Cunningham zipped the ball into the glove of Brewers catcher Tyler Roberts. "My son asked me why I didn't throw the heat," joked Cunningham when asked about the pitch. "It was an extremely classy move for the Brewers to recoginize us and the Saints. It was a great year for Helena sports fans."
Several Bighorns supporters were on hand to chat with the Bighorns front office as they prepare for their 2011-12 season in the reformed America West Hockey League. Ben Wahl and Sonja Streeter from the Bighorns were also there providing all in attendance with the latest happenings for the team and had a raffle for the Bighorns skybox.
Bighorns President, Mike Butters, was also on hand with his family to take in the game. "It was a solid gesture from the Brewers to have a night like this. In a town this size, it is important for the 3 major sports draws to support each other. Tonight means alot to us."
The Bighorns won't have much time left to revel in their success as training camp starts on August 24th. Some of the players have already started to trickle into town as the Bighorns prepare for a season that should be memorable. "There is a lot going on right now," said Butters. "From the 2nd half of our 10 year anniversary to the reformation of the AWHL to the retooling of our roster. There will be a few sleepness nights over at the arena."
Season tickets are now on sale for the 2011-12 season. Anyone who orders their season tickets before September 2nd will receive a free Helena Bighorns seat cushion. Please call the Bighorns ticket office at 457-2817 or log on to www.helenabighorns.com for more details.