Hoffman Estates, Ill. – The Chicago Express, proud member of the ECHL and proud affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, are hosting their inaugural Opening Night this Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m., against the Kalamzoo Wings. The night will be highlighted by plenty of special events, including an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most train whistles used at one time. The weekend will continue with a second contest against the South Carolina Stingrays on Sunday.
On Saturday, the night kicks off when Hoffman Estates Mayor McLeod makes a special presentation to Chicago Express Owner Craig Drecktrah. It was announced at a press conference on Monday that Oct. 22 has been declared Chicago Express Day in Hoffman Estates.
Following the presentation, Craig and his wife Sue will each perform a Ceremonial Puck Drop. The man who came up with the name for the team, Mark Johnson, will also drop a Ceremonial Puck. The final Ceremonial Puck Drop will be done by ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna.
The first 1,500 people through the doors on Saturday will receive their very own train whistles, which can be used to help us break the Guinness World Record for most train whistles used at one time. The Express need to have over 250 participants in order to hit the mark, so come out and be part of history! 5,000 Chicago Express Magnet schedules, presented by Athletico and the Daily Herald, will also be handed out to fans as they enter the building.