“Could you please pass the Zamboni?”
Those words could be uttered at your next Thanksgiving feast after the Washington Capitals announced their promotional schedule for the coming season on Tuesday. The list of giveaways includes a schedule magnet for the home opener, a T.J. Oshie bobblehead on March 20 and a team poster on April 7, but the most unusual — and, in this blogger’s opinion, best — item is the “ice resurfacer gravy boat” that will be included with the purchase of a theme night package for Washington’s game against Ottawa on Nov. 22. The gravy boats won’t come cheap; theme night ticket packages start at $69.
The Oshie bobblehead, which will be given to all fans at the game on March 20, will be the Capitals forward’s third team-issued bobblehead. An Oshie bobblehead was included in holiday ticket packages during the 2015-16 season, and a different Oshie bobblehead was given to fans who participated in a blood drive later that season. This year’s Oshie bobblehead will commemorate Washington’s “Stadium Series” game against the Maple Leafs at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on March 3.
Other giveaways that require the purchase of a theme night package this season include a Capitals ice scraper on Dec. 16 and a puck-shaped Capitals bottle opener on March 16. The Capitals will celebrate Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Nov. 2, Military Appreciation Night on Feb. 20 and Hockey Is For Everyone Night on Feb. 24. The team will host canned food and toy drives on Nov. 18 and Dec. 8, respectively.
But seriously, this Zamboni, er, ice resurfacer gravy boat is legit.
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