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Team USA Hosting Welcome Back to Hockey Party in Advance of Opening Weekend Games

By USA Hockey's NTDP, 09/27/23, 2:15PM EDT

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U17s and U18s both debut next weekend, September 29-30

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Team USA is getting the season started with a Welcome Back Weekend party! Join us outside USA Hockey Arena from 12-7 p.m. ET on both Friday (Sept. 29) and Saturday (Sept. 30) for some outdoor fun, live music, yard games and food and drink specials all afternoon long!

The party leads into Team USA's opening weekend slate of games, featuring both the Under-17 and Under-18 Teams taking on the Green Bay Gamblers. Tickets are available by clicking here or calling the USA Hockey Arena box office at 734-453-8400!


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The event starts at 12:00 Noon ET on both days and we'll be taking the party to the bridge and parking area outside CJ's Brewing Company. Grab some food and drinks, play some jumbo Connect 4 or corn hole and have a great time with friends and family leading up to some Team USA hockey in the evening.

The party will feature live music on both days, beginning with The Lounge Flies at 3:00  p.m. on Friday afternoon! Band frontman Mike Buggar will play a postgame acoustic session at CJ's Brewing Company. On Saturday afternoon, it's Detroit 440 taking over the tunes all afternoon long!

The Under-17 Team makes its debut at USA Hockey Arena on Friday night as they host the Green Bay Gamblers. The first 1,000 fans into the rink will receive the 2023-24 Team USA magnet schedule, presented by X-Golf Canton

On Saturday night, it's the U18s taking their turn against Green Bay to complete the weekend set. All fans will receive the 2023-24 Under-18 Team Poster, presented by TRUE, and will have the opportunity to fill it with player autographs after the game!

At the conclusion of each game, continue the party inside CJ's Brewing Company, with a live acoustic set from Mike Buggar on Friday night and post-game food and drink specials on both nights. 

Please keep in mind that there will be no parking on the bridge throughout the weekend. 


Looking ahead to next weekend (Oct. 6-7), Team USA will be celebrating its international tournament victories from last season with a Championship Banner Raising ceremony on Friday, Oct. 6. Before the U18s take on Des Moines, the banners for winning the 2022 World Under-17 Challenge and 2023 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship will be raised to the rafters at USA Hockey Arena. The first 1,000 fans through the doors will go home with a replica U18 Championship mini-banner! 

On Saturday night, it's an all-new promotion at the rink with Team USA's first-ever Racing Night, thanks to our friends at Nankin Hobby. The first 1,000 fans will receive a USA Hockey trucker hat and be treated to an intermission RC racing show as the Under-18 Team kicks off its Kroger College Series with a contest against the Western Michigan Broncos! See below for pictures and details!

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