Queen’s AMS is partnering with the Kingston Frontenacs hockey team to host a night of hockey fun and community building.
The AMS is inviting students to join them at the Frontenac’s home game on Dec. 2. They hope this event can be a fun night out for students while helping bridge the gap between the Kingston and Queen’s community.
Niki Boytchuk-Hale, AMS marketing director, is responsible for organizing this event. She spoke with The Journal about her ideas and plans for the game.
“Its main purpose is to bring the Kingston and Queen’s community together and provide the Queen’s students with a chance to go out for the night,” she said.
The Frontenacs reached out to the AMS about the potential for a collaboration and the marketing team jumped on the opportunity. There will be three game nights in total, with the last two being held in second semester.
Boytchuk-Hale says the main purpose of the event is “just to go out and have some fun.”
The AMS has chosen a section where Queen’s students can join them by purchasing a ticket and using the code AMS to ensure they’re sitting in the right section.
“The AMS will be attending; there will be a lot of us out there,” Boytchuk-Hale said.
The AMS recognizes how the Kingston community often views Queen’s students and hopes this event can change the narrative.
“There will be lots of families there to see the Queen’s spirit and engage with us and see that we are doing something positive,” Boytchuk-Hale said. “[We want] to show the good that Queen’s students are doing.”
The Frontenacs have partnerships with Union Kitchen, Baja Kitchen, and The Merchant, so they are offering a 10 per cent food and drink discount to Queen’s students with a game ticket and their student card after the event.
“We’re looking forward to continuing the Queen’s spirit and the fun of the night afterwards,” Boytchuk-Hale said.
Tickets to the event cost $19 if purchased in person from Boytchuk-Hale personally or from the booth in the ARC on Nov. 25. Otherwise, tickets are $24.08 if purchased online.
There are no bursaries or compensation opportunities in place for students who may not be able to afford the price.
“$19 is, for a lot of people, like a big deal,” Boytchuk-Hale said. “[However,] it’s something that currently is the only option right now. We could look into doing some giveaways or some bursary, but that’s something I haven’t looked into.”
The AMS isn’t making any revenue from the ticket sales, but they are holding a half-time chuck-a-puck event to raise money for the AMS Foodbank. Fans are encouraged to buy hockey pucks they can throw onto the ice at half-time.
“We’re really looking to supporting our foodbank and our patrons, and it’s all going back to supporting the Queen’s community,” Boytchuk-Hale said.
The AMS isn’t planning a sports event related to Queen’s varsity athletes.
“To be honest, I haven’t in my role collaborated with A&R [Athletics and Recreation] like that. I would be more than happy to support something like that. It just hasn’t been brought up yet,” Boytchuk-Hale said.
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