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Any ideas on what to do for the 3 boys who weren't picked on my sons hockey team to skate during the intermission of the Blackhawks game?

I'm the team manager and our team was chosen by the Blackhawks to do a relay during intermission but would only allow 12 and 15 are on the team, so we did a random drawing and 3 were left out. Anyone have any connections to do something special for these boys? I'm heartbroken for them.

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Can you speak to whomever YOUR contact is--i.e., the person who's coordinating with you for the event--to ask whether something could be done to make those boys feel special? Something that wouldn't be a hardship for the Blackhawks, but would mean the world to the kids. Maybe your ENTIRE team might be allowed to take a souvenir picture with the Blackhawks, or get a locker room tour, before or after the game? Getting members of the Blackhawks to autograph the sticks or helmets of the boys who won't be participating would also be a nice gesture. At the very least, it might be possible for the person announcing your team to give a personal shout-out to the boys who are not on the ice, and thank them for giving up their spots so that the team could appear.

Those boys are literally 'taking one for the team,' and they deserve recognition for it. As team manager, you can do that for them, too. Present them with a special award, accompanied by a gift--like a hockey stick signed by all the members of YOUR team, their grateful friends--to thank them for their willingness to step aside so that the team could have this honor.

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Another thought--rather than trying to come up with a special treat just for the three boys not participating (which might make everyone ELSE jealous), why not come up with a way to make the entire day surrounding that event special and memorable for the ENTIRE team? It's only a few minutes that they'll be on the ice--the rest of the day is all about celebration and camaraderie. Make the entire day a party, full of special treats for EVERYONE, and give those three boys who won't be on the ice extra recognition at every turn. Make them the guests of honor--because without them, you wouldn't be where you are. Literally.

Have a slumber party with the whole team the night before. Or hire a game truck, (www.gametruckparty.com), or book a laser tag place, or go paintballing. Make the WHOLE day something to look forward to, instead of making those few minutes on the ice the whole shebang.
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Thank you for your suggestions. I am looking into this game truck thing. I did talk to my contact about special things, but I will ask him to give a shout out over the loud intercom for those boys, that'd be cool.
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It's too late. You should have told Blackhawks that you all go as team, or no one goes.

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It's an NHL rule that they only allow 12 on the ice. I tried to work the sympathy thing, but there was nothing they could do. I was trying to get them a locker room tour or 5 min meeting with a player to sign autographs or something.
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Have them give out candy/treats....they'll be the most popular. Find out if there are some team souvenirs to give away.

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Great idea!
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I have my moments....far and few between as they are :)
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depends on where you are, my family has a big military connection and we've taken people by the base to shoot and drive around before. I'd love to help those boys because I've been in that situation before.

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That is so kind of you! We are with the West Dundee Leafs. The boys are 9 so I'm not sure about shooting, lol.
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well we could try to take the boys out to a base, give them temporary officer ranks. have all the guys salute them and show them a few simulators. maybe take them on a tour via helicopter. of course I would have to convince the nearest military base to agree to it. but I'll try my best and get you the heads number if possible
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Do they at least get to go to the game with the rest of the team?
If not, there ya go. Make sure they get to the game.

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Man, that's cold of the Blackhawks. They oughta know what that means to a kid. Boooo.

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Agree. Mona has a good idea-
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Hey that's life. Everyone doesn't get a trophy. You held a drawing the didn't win.

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Give those kids extra playing time in the next game.

http://www.ineedseats.com/NHL/Chicago-Blackhawks-Tickets

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Buy three tickets to a future Blackhawks game this winter for the three boys who had to be left out. It can teach them that there is often a silver lining in every cloud.

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