Cleveland's Lake Erie Monsters will officially begin the 2013-14 season when they open their seventh annual training camp on Wednesday, September 25th. In addition to daily practice, this year's camp will also feature two preseason games against the Grand Rapids Griffins at regional neutral sites, plus an intrasquad skills competition in Strongsville, Ohio.
All practices are free and open to the public and will take place at the team's official training facility, OBM Arena at IceLand USA, in Strongsville. The Monsters will practice Wednesday through Saturday before heading north to play back-to-back preseason games with Grand Rapids.
The Monsters and Griffins will meet on Saturday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m. in Plymouth, Michigan. The game will be hosted by the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League at their home rink, Compuware Arena. The two teams will play again the following night, Sunday, September 29th, at 7:05 p.m. in Windsor, Ontario. The contest will take place at the home of the OHL's Windsor Spitfires, the WFCU Centre.
The Monsters will then return home on Monday, September 30th, to hold an intrasquad skills competition at 7:15 p.m. at OBM Arena. Tickets for the event will be available at the door for a $2 per person donation to the Monsters Community Fund, which supports Northeast Ohio programs that positively impact the areas of education, youth hockey, health & wellness and basic needs.
Below is the complete 2013-14 training camp schedule:
Wednesday, September 25th Thursday, September 26th Friday, September 27th
Practice (morning) Practice (morning) Practice (morning)
Saturday, September 28th Sunday, September 29th Monday, September 30th
Preseason game Preseason game Intrasquad skills competition (7:15 p.m.)
vs. Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Grand Rapids Griffins
Compuware Arena WFCU Centre
The Monsters will open their seventh season of hockey in Cleveland on Friday, October 4th at Quicken Loans Arena. Single game tickets are available for Opening Night, as well as the three other guaranteed home game dates announced thus far: October 5th, November 8th and February 25th. Fans can also act now on a limited-time "Back to School" Opening Weekend Offer - purchase tickets for Opening Night and receive an equal amount of FREE tickets to the Saturday, October 5th game. Also for each kids ticket purchased, receive a Monsters Pencil Set which includes a pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, and a pencil zip-up bag.
Full season Monsters Hockey Club Memberships for 2013-14 are also on sale now and can be purchased by visiting LakeErieMonsters.com or by calling (216) 420-0000. The entire 2013-14 game, promotional and broadcast schedules will be announced soon.
The Lake Erie Monsters are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League playing at Quicken Loans Arena and the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League playing in nearby Canton, Ohio at the Canton Civic Center.