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RiverKings Mascot Does Downtown Time Thursday

April 6, 2011 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Mississippi RiverKings News Release

SOUTHAVEN, MS --- The Mid-South's favorite turtle, Mississippi RiverKings mascot Sheldon, will be doing some "downtown" time in Memphis this Thursday, April 7th and you're invited to join him!

Sheldon will first be visiting the world-famous Peabody Hotel, where he will serve as honorary Duckmaster in the daily "Peabody Duck March" from the lobby fountain to the Royal Duck Palace on the hotel roof. Sheldon will join Duckmaster Jason Sensat for the afternoon ceremony at 5:00 PM Thursday in the lobby of the hotel at 149 Union Avenue and the public is invited to come out and watch.

After Sheldon leads the ducks to their nightly home, he'll head to nearby AutoZone Park and get the Memphis Redbirds' season started as he throws out the first pitch of the year for the Pacific Coast League baseball team when they begin their 2011 season against the Oklahoma City Redhawks in a 7:05 PM start.

The tradition of the Peabody Duck March has been going on since the early 1930s, when the hotel general manager put live duck decoys in the fountain after a return from a hunting trip to Arkansas. Bellman Edward Pembroke taught the ducks to march in 1940 and a Mid-South tradition was born.

The mallards come down from the Duck Palace each morning at 11:00 AM and return each day at 5:00 PM.

The Memphis Redbirds are continuing the region's tradition of quality professional baseball as they have been the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals since the team's appearance more than ten years ago at AutoZone Park. The team has won two Pacific Coast League championships, 2000 and most recently in 2009.

Of course, the RiverKings look to continue their run in the Central Hockey League playoffs when they play the Tulsa Oilers in game five of their best-of-five Opening Round Series at Tulsa this Saturday night. The RiverKings are seeking the team's third league championship, after back-to-back titles in 2002 and again in 2003.

Broadcast coverage of Saturday's game from Tulsa will be available at 87.7 FM "The Point" and, starting with pre-game coverage at 7:20 PM. Fans can watch the action on their computer through the CHL-TV webcasting service, accessed from the "Watch Live" button on the team web site home page.

RiverKings' hockey is the longest actively running professional sports franchise in the Mid-South, providing its exciting brand of sports entertainment since the current Central Hockey League started in 1992. For ticket information on the RiverKings upcoming 20th Anniversary Season in 2011-12, call the RiverKings at 662-342-1755 or go online to today!

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