San Antonio Rampage
The San Antonio Rampage is one of 30 hockey clubs in the American Hockey League (AHL). All 30 clubs play 80 regular season games starting in October through April (playoffs run through June). In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 85 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and this season marks the ninth consecutive year in which more than 6 million fans have attended AHL games across North America. The Rampage played their first game on Oct. 12, 2002 and has been the top affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes for the past five years.
The San Antonio Rampage is a subsidiary of Spurs Sports & Entertainment (SS&E). SS&E is the parent company of the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), San Antonio Rampage (AHL), San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA) and Austin Toros (NBDL). The Rampage plays all of their home games at the AT&T Center along with the Spurs and Silver Stars.
What you can expect at a Rampage game
Rampage games are fun and affordable for the entire family. From Zamboni rides to human hockey puck challenges, Rampage games offer a variety of activities for fans of all ages. The most popular promotion that the Rampage offer is $1 drink nights in which fans can get $1 draft beer and fountain soda at every Friday Rampage home game. And on Sundays the Rampage offer a Sunday Funday package which includes all-you-can-eat hotdogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts and soda. Fans can also enjoy a complimentary pre-game skate prior to every Sunday home game.
In the Community
The Rampage strives to be very active in the San Antonio community and have committed to various programs throughout their eight-year history. One particular program that the Rampage adopted at the beginning of the 2009-10 season is the Face-Off Against Kids Cancer (FOAKC) program. FOAKC is a program that pairs Rampage hockey players with children from the Centers for Oncology and Blood Disorders at Christus Santa Rosa, in either early stages of treatment for pediatric cancer or in remission. Through a series of social events which includes pizza and board game parties at the hospital, an ice cream social after Rampage games, a visit to SeaWorld and the San Antonio Rodeo, the program helps Rampage players forge lasting relationships with their respective buddies over the course of the season.
During the 2009-10 season, Rampage goaltender Josh Tordjman was awarded with the AHL’s Man of the Year Award for his charitable efforts and dedication to the San Antonio community.
The Rampage also started a sled hockey program in 2006 (also named the San Antonio Rampage) and is one of the only sled hockey teams in the United States that consists of all wounded military service members. The team is run by Operation Comfort, a non profit organization that works with wounded service members coming from Iraq and Afghanistan who are recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
The Rampage Sled Hockey Team held its first practice on January 19, 2007. Operation Comfort presented the team with sleds donated from their organization and the San Antonio Rampage (AHL) outfitted the sled hockey team with equipment and jerseys. The Rampage (AHL) continues to host various fundraising events, including their annual Military Appreciation Night, to raise money to support the Rampage Sled Hockey Team. The sled hockey team started with seven players and has quickly gained popularity in which the team now consists of more than 25 players. The team began playing in tournaments in 2008 and has since traveled to Illinois, Utah, New York, Massachusetts, Missouri and Texas.