MASON CITY, Iowa – With three national championships in their history, the North Iowa Bulls have much to be grateful for. Those titles couldn’t have come without supportive ownership, talented players, coaches and staff, and a fan base that ranks among junior hockey’s best.
The Bulls are also grateful for the chance to give back, and will give back to the Humane Society of North Iowa Friday and Saturday, February 15 and 16 during their “Grateful Weekend” at the North Iowa Ice Arena. The team will wear special jerseys inspired by the Grateful Dead, which will be auctioned off following Saturday night’s game, with proceeds to benefit the Humane Society.
Next weekend’s jersey auction is the second of three jersey auctions scheduled for the Bulls this year. The Bulls’ “Pink the Rink” jersey auction on December 1 raised more than $12,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The final jersey auction later this season will benefit My Happy Place, which offers bedroom makeovers for North Iowa children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.
The team has volunteered with partnering businesses throughout this season, and at several organizations, including the North Iowa Youth Center, Salvation Army, Mason City Public Schools and the Mason City YMCA in addition to the Humane Society of North Iowa. So far, the team has logged almost 200 volunteer hours on the season, with more than a month to go. Bulls players and coaches have volunteered their time and talents at the Humane Society in previous seasons as well.
The Bulls will host the St. Louis Jr. Blues, the defending NA3HL Fraser Cup runners-up, with Friday and Saturday’s games scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fans who purchase tickets online for either game by February 14 will be entered into a drawing to receive a free jersey from North Iowa’s “Grateful Weekend.” To pre-purchase tickets for next weekend’s games, or any future Bulls home game, click here.