Leading up to games three and four of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League(SJHL) Final in Estevan on Tuesday and Wednesday night, you could feel the energy building in a city that has been starving for a shot at the SJHL title.
And following the Bruins splitting games three and four with the Nipawin Hawks, the buzz has certainly been felt no matter where you go, or who you talk to.
"It's been emotionally draining," Bruins' President, Cory Prokop said on Thursday morning. "I don't know how many people I've talked to said they had trouble falling asleep after game three on Tuesday night, they were so amped up and I was one of them. Wednesday night was a bit easier after the win, but it was certainly exciting."
When tickets went on sale for games three and four over the weekend, there was an immediate line up that stretched through the lobby at Affinity Place. Tickets sold out for game three just a few hours later, and game four officially sold out just after the noon hour on Wednesday. It's something that the fans have been waiting for since 1999, as they sat on the edge of their seats, united together under one roof to cheer on their hometown team, loud and proud.
"The atmosphere in the arena has been outstanding, everything from the wave, to the go-bruins-go, to just the buzz before the game even starts," Prokop said. "Walking into the game at 5:30 as a volunteer and seeing a couple hundred people lined up waiting in the lobby for the doors to open was pretty crazy to see, I don't think I've ever witnessed that before."
"It's a lot of fun, it's great to see a lot of families out and I got to interact with the Nipawin fans that were out, my seats were right amongst the Hawks fans some how," Prokop said with a laugh. "Talking to one of the Nipawin executives, it sounded like they had a good time and thanked me for the hospitality, it sounded like our fans were treating them well which was nice to hear."
Tickets will go on sale for season ticket holders or new season ticket holders on Friday morning at 9:00. Whatever remains on Saturday morning will be available to the general public starting at 9:00 as well.
"There's no where you can go in town where someone isn't talking Bruins. It's a great thing for the franchise and the community, I love seeing it," Prokop concluded.