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Otters Release 2011-12 Schedule

June 3, 2011 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Erie Otters News Release

The Erie Otters in cooperation with the Ontario Hockey League have announced their schedule of games and promotional nights for the 2011-2012 regular season.

The Otters open their 16th campaign of OHL play with a three-game road swing starting Friday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. against the Sarnia Sting. They will return to Erie for their home opener Saturday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. against the Oshawa Generals. The first 1,000 fans will receive a magnetic schedule and there will be a post-game meet and greet with Otters players.

Hockey for the Hungry will take place twice this season on October 12 and October 26. Fans that donate a non-perishable food item can get into each game for $2.00. A lithograph poster giveaway is scheduled for October 15 against the Windsor Spitfires, who make their first visit to Erie since their first round playoff battle in April. Cancer Awareness Night wraps up the promotions for the month of October on the 22nd, against the Ottawa 67's.

The Fourth Annual Teddy Bear Toss returns Thanksgiving Night against the Belleville Bulls. Last year's total netted 4,618 stuffed animals, a team record.

The Toys for Tots Drive will take place December 16 and 17. Fans who bring a new, unwrapped toy to either game will receive a voucher good for a free ticket to the games on January 6 or 7.

Team posters will be given away to the first 1,000 fans on January 21 against the Peterborough Petes. A meet and greet will follow after the game.

This year's Alumni Night will be February 4 against the Saginaw Spirit, almost a year after last year's wildly successful celebration. The first 1,000 fans will receive a cowbell on February 25, when the Otters host the Kingston Frontenacs. Literacy Day returns March 11 against the Guelph Storm for a special 4:30 p.m. start.

The home schedule will wrap up on St. Patrick's Day, which is Saturday, March 17 against the London Knights. The green ice will return for the game after a year hiatus (due to the Women's Frozen Four), which is also Fan Appreciation and Mario Lemieux Foundation Night. The first 1,000 fans will receive an autograph book and there will be a post-game meet and greet.

2011-2012 Otters Schedule Highlights:

- Home Opener: Saturday, October 1 @ 7:00 p.m. against the Oshawa Generals.

- Annual Thanksgiving Game will take place on Thursday, November 24 against the Belleville Bulls.

- Home Game Breakdown: 16 Saturdays; 10 Fridays; six Wednesdays; one Thursday; and one Sunday.

- Longest Home Stand: four games (twice, October 1-12 and October 15-26).

- Longest Road Trip: four games (twice, November 12-18 and December 9-15).

- Eight sets of three-games-in-three days.

Day  Date  Opponent  Time Day  Date  Opponent  Time

Friday  9/23/2011 at Sarnia  7:00 PM Wednesday 12/28/2011 at Oshawa  7:05 PM

Saturday  9/24/2011 at Plymouth  7:05 PM Thursday  12/29/2011 at Peterborough  7:05 PM

Friday  9/30/2011 at Guelph  7:30 PM Saturday  12/31/2011 at Barrie  7:30 PM

Saturday  10/1/2011 vs. Oshawa  7:00 PM Friday  1/6/2012 vs. Sarnia  7:00 PM

Friday  10/7/2011 vs. Owen Sound  7:00 PM Saturday  1/7/2012 vs. Kitchener  7:00 PM

Saturday  10/8/2011 vs. Owen Sound  7:00 PM Friday  1/13/2012 at Owen Sound  7:30 PM

Wednesday  10/12/2011 vs. Mississauga  7:00 PM Saturday  1/14/2012 at Owen Sound  7:30 PM

Friday  10/14/2011 at London  7:30 PM Sunday  1/15/2012 at Brampton  2:00 PM

Saturday  10/15/2011 vs. Windsor  7:00 PM Friday  1/20/2012 vs. Niagara  7:00 PM

Friday  10/21/2011 vs. Plymouth  7:00 PM Saturday  1/21/2012 vs. Peterborough  7:00 PM

Saturday  10/22/2011 vs. Ottawa  7:00 PM Sunday  1/22/2012 at London  2:00 PM

Wednesday  10/26/2011 vs. Niagara  7:00 PM Friday  1/27/2012 at Sault Ste. Marie  7:05 PM

Friday  10/28/2011 at Kitchener  7:30 PM Saturday  1/28/2012 at Sudbury  7:00 PM

Saturday  10/29/2011 vs. Kitchener  7:00 PM Friday  2/3/2012 vs. Brampton  7:00 PM

Friday  11/4/2011 at Guelph  7:30 PM Saturday  2/4/2012 vs. Saginaw  7:00 PM

Saturday  11/5/2011 vs. London  7:00 PM Wednesday 2/8/2012 vs. Owen Sound  7:00 PM

Friday  11/11/2011 vs. Windsor  7:00 PM Friday  2/10/2012 at Saginaw  7:11 PM

Saturday  11/12/2011 at London  7:00 PM Saturday  2/11/2012 at Windsor  7:05 PM

Sunday  11/13/2011 at Plymouth  2:00 PM Wednesday 2/15/2012 vs. Niagara  7:00 PM

Wednesday  11/16/2011 at Owen Sound  7:00 PM Friday  2/17/2012 at Kingston  7:30 PM

Friday  11/18/2011 at Kitchener  7:30 PM Sunday  2/19/2012 at Ottawa  2:00 PM

Saturday  11/19/2011 vs. Guelph  7:00 PM Monday  2/20/2012 at Belleville  2:00 PM

Thursday  11/24/2011 vs. Belleville  7:00 PM Friday  2/24/2012 vs. Sault Ste. Marie  7:00 PM

Friday  11/25/2011 at Kitchener  7:30 PM Saturday  2/25/2012 vs. Kingston  7:00 PM

Saturday  11/26/2011 vs. London  7:00 PM Sunday  2/26/2012 at Mississauga  2:00 PM

Thursday  12/1/2011 at Niagara  7:00 PM Wednesday 2/29/2012 vs. Guelph  7:00 PM

Friday  12/2/2011 vs. Barrie  7:00 PM Friday  3/2/2012 vs. Saginaw  7:00 PM

Saturday  12/3/2011 vs. Kitchener  7:00 PM Sunday  3/4/2012 at Niagara  2:00 PM

Friday  12/9/2011 at Sarnia  7:00 PM Wednesday 3/7/2012 vs. Plymouth  7:00 PM

Saturday  12/10/2011 at Windsor  7:05 PM Saturday  3/10/2012 vs. Kitchener  7:00 PM

Sunday  12/11/2011 at Saginaw  4:00 PM Sunday  3/11/2012 vs. Guelph  4:30 PM

Thursday  12/15/2011 at Niagara  7:00 PM Wednesday 3/14/2012 at Guelph  7:00 PM

Friday  12/16/2011 vs. Sudbury  7:00 PM Friday  3/16/2012 at Kitchener  7:30 PM

Saturday  12/17/2011 vs. Sarnia  7:00 PM Saturday  3/17/2012 vs. London  7:00 PM

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