Opening Night Preview

THE TEAMS: Odessa Jackalopes @ Amarillo Bulls


LOCATION: Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center


WHEN: Tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 12) 7 pm.


PROMOTIONS: Tickets are just $5 for Red and Silver Sections; $7.50 for Glass and Pit. There are also $1 hotdogs.


TICKETS: Get yours today at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets or online at


BROADCAST OPTIONS: Fans can tune into the action live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at and on PPV courtesy of Fast Hockey. Broadcast coverage begins with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 6:40 pm. Denis J. Puska has the action at 7 pm.


HISTORICAL NOTE: This is the 20th consecutive year of Hockey In The Texas Panhandle beginning with the Amarillo Rattlers (Western Professional Hockey League, Central Hockey League), Amarillo Gorillas (Central Hockey League) and now the Amarillo Bulls (North American Hockey League). It also marks earliest in Amarillo Hockey History that a home opener has taken place.


THE SERIES: One of the oldest Texas hockey rivalries renews itself with the first meeting of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Odessa Jackalopes. Amarillo and Odessa have been going at one another inside the hockey rink for 19 years. The Jackalopes haven’t changed their name while Amarillo has gone from the Rattlers to the Gorillas, and now the Bulls. The most recent history between the Bulls and Odessa has been typically one sided with Amarillo controlling much of the meetings. The Jacks have managed but two regular season wins in the last two years.


PRE-SEASON NOTE: The Amarillo Bulls and the Odessa Jackalopes met one another in a
Pre-Season game last Saturday that went the distance and then some. The two teams tested out the new NAHL overtime and shootout formats that Odessa got the better of it 2-1. It was Odessa’s first win in Amarillo since their lone playoff year.


NEW SOUTH: There are some minor changes to the South Division this season. The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees have moved the franchise from South Texas to Aston, PA to become the Aston Rebels. The Bulls and Rebels will meet one another in the final game of the North American Hockey League Showcase. The Wenatchee Wild have moved from the NAHL to the more closer BCHL to play teams in British Columbia including nine within a four hour radius.


HOME OPENERS BY THE NUMBERS: The Amarillo Bulls have been lights out during the past five years of franchise history. The Bulls have collected four wins in five years with the lone loss coming at the hands of the former New Mexico Mustangs.