Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Schwag Report

First of all, we are talking about the type of schwag that is promotion items...not low grade pot. I only know about the low grade pot because I looked up how to spell "schwag" and found out it had an alternate meaning. This is a drug free blog :)

On the Thrashers web board it has been discussed that there are NO promotional give aways scheduled for the season. I'm hoping they just haven't put them up yet. A discussion started about what other teams in the league were doing for promotional give aways. Since I have no job and nothing but time, I decided to do a break down of give aways through out the league.

These are only the promotional give away items listed on the teams' web pages. It doesn't include special promotion nights ($1 hotdogs, 2-for-1, etc). It's only when you go through the door throughout the season and get some free shit.

The Anaheim Ducks:

  • Magnetic Schedule
  • Ducks Baseball Cap
  • Ducks T shirt

The Boston Bruins:
No promotional items listed

The Buffalo Sabres:
No promotional items listed

The Calgary Flames:
No promotional times listed

The Carolina Hurricanes:
  • RBC T shirt commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the RBC Center
  • Ray Whitney Poster
  • Joni Pitkanen poster
  • Erik Cole Bobblehead
  • Chad LaRose Bobblehead
  • Joe Corvo Poster
  • Tuomo Ruutu Bobblehead
  • Eric Staal Bobblehead
  • Cam Ward Poster
  • Various photo ops (on center ice, in the penalty box, on the bench, etc)

Chicago Blackhawks (it's like Christmas there!):
  • Blackhawks Halloween Mask
  • Bobby Hull Heritage Hat
  • Blackhawks Hat
  • Jeremy Roenick Heritage Poster
  • Blackhawks Knit Hat
  • Patrick Kane Bobblehead
  • Blackhawks Santa Hat
  • Blackhawks Kooze
  • Marian Hossa Bobblehead
  • unknown give away from Kenny Construction
  • Duncun Keith Bobblehead
  • Upper Deck Player Cards
  • Tony Esposito Heritage Hat
  • Blackhawks Sharpie Pen
  • Jonathan Toews Bobblehead
  • Brent Seabrook Drawstring Backpack
  • Blackhawks Backpack Lunch Bag
  • Denis Savard Heritage Hat
  • Blackhawks St. Patrick's Day Hat
  • Blackhawks Recyclable Shopping Cart Tote
  • Blackhawks License Plate Holder

Colorado Avalanche:
No promotional items listed

Columbus Blue Jackets:
  • White Out T Shirt
  • Ralley Towell

Dallas Stars:
No promotional items listed.

Detroit Red Wings (they load you up on the loot!):
  • Magnetic Schedule
  • Drawstring Backpack (children only)
  • Budd Lynch Bobblehead
  • Steve Yzerman Placque
  • Team Wall Calendar
  • Red Wings Pennant
  • Zamboni Toy (children only)
  • Upper Deck Trading Cards
  • Olympian Lithograph
  • Red Wings Night Light
  • Red Wings Holiday Ornament
  • Lunch box (children only)
  • Car Flag
  • Travel Mug
  • Fleece Blanket

Edmonton Oilers:
No promotional items listed.

Florida Panthers
No promotional items listed

LA Kings
  • Kings Clappers
  • Mystery Home Depot Gift Cards
  • Luc Robitaille Hall of Fame Bobbleheads
  • Upper Deck LA Kings Hockey Card Packs
  • Olympic Poster

Minnesota Wile
  • Magnetic Schedule (these are given out at 3 different games
  • Wall Calendar
  • Commemorative Patch 1 of 6
  • Commemorative Patch 2 of 6
  • Commemorative Patch 3 of 6
  • Commemorative Patch 4 of 6
  • Commemorative Patch 5 of 6
  • Commemorative Patch 6 of 6

Montreal Canadiens
Haugh haugh haugh (translation you should be glad you can even get a promotional items listed)

Nashville Predators
Not sure. They say they have some and put a calendar there, but I didn't see any. They are good about giving stuff out, so I'm not sure.

New Jersey Devils
  • Halloween Candy
  • Youth Hockey Jersey
  • Devils pucks
  • Knit Hat
  • Hockey Cards
  • Devils Baseball Cap

New York Islanders
No promotional items listed, they can't afford them after paying DiPietro.

New York Rangers
  • Team Poster
  • Magnetic Schedule
  • 5 pin trading events
  • Rangers T Shirt

Ottawa Senators
  • Upper Deck Hockey Card Team Pack
  • Halloween Candy

Philadelphia Flyers
  • Flyers Tshirt
  • Magnetic Schedule
  • Cheer Cards
  • Drawstring bags
  • 2 Posters
  • Fathead Tradeable

Phoenix Coyotes
No promotional items listed (unless you count the actual tickets they seem to be practically giving away)

Want loot? Win the cup. The Pittsburgh Penguins:
  • Replica Stanley Cup Mini Banner
  • Pens schedule mousepad
  • Pens Team calendar
  • Pens Baseball cap
  • Pennsylvania Lotto Ticket
  • Fleece gloves
  • Cooler bag
  • Messenger bag
  • Reusable tote
  • Upper Deck Trading Cards

San Jose Sharks:
No promotional items listed.

St. Louis Blues
  • Team Calendars
  • Magnetic Schedule
  • Boeing Millitary Poster
  • Blues Yearbook
  • Blues Hat
  • Rally Towells
  • Free Food Game
  • Maxwell House Coffee Mug
  • Team Posters

Tampa Bay Lightning:
No promotional items listed.

Toronto Maple Leafs:
No promotional items listed.

Vancouver Canucks:
No promotional items listed.

Washington Capitals:
  • Mike Green Bobbleheads
  • Magnetic Schedule
  • Travel Mug
  • Upper Deck Trading Cards
  • Umbrellas

So what did we learn? Canadians don't give shit away, or at least they don't advertise it. Chicago loves a hat. Carolina loves a bobblehead. I had a theory that maybe it was the teams trying to get people in the door that had good give aways, but no. Atlanta, Phoenix, Tampa Bay and Florida need people and they give away nothing. Maybe it's the super successful teams that give away stuff as in Pittsburgh and Detroit. Chicago has only recently enjoyed success and they give you a boat load of stuff. San Jose is successful and they don't give shit.

Any thoughts or ideas?


ukyo October 28, 2009 at 2:32 PM  

When we were at the Rookie Season ticket holder event at Philips prior to the Sharks game the question on giveaways was posed to Don Waddell. He said that the bulk of the giveaways were sponsored by other corporations, and in this economic environment, they are not getting the support from those companies like they have in the past.

He said expect some giveaways, but no where near as many in the past. That is, unless we start winning which will bring more fans which will bring more sponsors which will bring more giveaways. Well, in a perfect world, that is.

Sunshine36616 October 28, 2009 at 3:15 PM  

I heard that, too. Of course I didn't hear it myself because even though I bought season tickets the Thursday before this event, my rep never mentioned it. Maybe it was oo late?

That makes sense if corporations are sponsoring most give aways. I wish they would at least kick us a magnetic calendar.

SMO Cat October 28, 2009 at 3:35 PM  

Yeah. My magnetic schedule from last year is still workin' it.

Thrashers Recaps October 28, 2009 at 4:30 PM  

I want the $1 hot dogs, popcorn and drinks before the game starts like they did some times last season.

Michelle October 28, 2009 at 6:47 PM  

Geez, what's up with Chicago, Detroit and Pens! they are loading it up! Thrashers gave away some cool stuff last season. Tampa Bay even has a boring arena, lol, so their stuff would probably boring too. Well, I guess we shall see if we get anything this season, maybe just not posted yet? Let's Go Thrashers, Clap Clap Clappy Clap

Sunshine36616 October 28, 2009 at 7:45 PM  

$1 hotdogs or pretzels would kick ass. I was at the Prudential Center for a Devils game when they did $1 Nathan's hotdogs.

Wayne stuck in AL October 28, 2009 at 9:22 PM  

In bad economic times, marketing is the first thing to take a hit.

Sunshine36616 October 28, 2009 at 9:38 PM  

Very true, administrative staff is hit hard as well (sad lols)
If we are going by what Waddell said about the sponsors doing most of the promotions, it seems like we would get SOMETHING. Corporate support is one of the few things Atlanta does have a wealth of. I'm telling you, if they could just give me a bobble head, a magnetic schedule and a $1 hotdog night, I'd be in heaven.

Anonymous October 29, 2009 at 12:04 PM  

When we were in Calgary in February we got a Flames scarf and I know the Canucks give away stuff. Maybe they don't advertise because selling tickets to the games is not an issue in Canada??

That being said, I'd love a B'hawk bobblehead for DS!


Sunshine36616 October 29, 2009 at 8:11 PM  

Missy, could very well be. Maybe they give you a promotions list with your season ticket or something. A Flames scarf would be awesome!

Tara October 30, 2009 at 12:01 AM  

well, last night they gave away a small dark blue geico backpack..
A certain person lost mine *roll eyes*. But that is what they gave away from last night's game..

Sunshine36616 October 30, 2009 at 10:02 AM  

At the Thrashers game? I didn't get one! I saw a ticket rep coming up the stairs with some and I thought maybe I was in one of those lucky sections that were getting freebies, but he gave one to a certain person.

Theron Hesper November 3, 2009 at 10:32 PM  

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tj November 6, 2009 at 9:38 AM  

I have a friend who collects magnet schedules and here is a list of each team magnet given away this season and the sponsor(s). Notice that aside from Atlanta only 5 other teams have not put out magnets this year but two of them (PIT & CAR) have plenty of other giveaways:

Anaheim Ducks - (Honda And Others)

Atlanta Thrashers - none

Boston Bruins - #33 Zdeno Chara (Captain) & #30 Tim Thomas (Goalie)/ Logo (The UPS Store)

*Buffalo Sabres - Logo/ Each Month Different Color "City Of Hockey (Perry's)

*Calgary Flames - Shape Of “30”/ 30th Anniversary (Lyreco)

Carolina Hurricanes - none, but plenty of other stuff

Chicago Blackhawks - Logo (Hinckley Springs)

Colorado Avalanche - none

Columbus Blue Jackets - #16 Berick Brassard/ Logo "Carry The Flag" (Donato's Pizza)

*Dallas Stars - #91 Brad Richards/ Logo "Actions Speak Louder" (Dr Pepper & Others)

*Detroit Red Wings - Logo In B&W Behind Schedule (Belle Tire/ 97.1 FM)

*Edmonton Oilers - none

Florida Panthers - Rink Shaped (Papa John's/ 790 The Ticket/ FS Florida)

Los Angeles Kings - Logo "Pride=Passion=Power" 8" X 5" (AAA, Ticketmaster, FS West, KTLK)

Minnesota Wild - Player Shooting Puck At Goalie @ Bottom (Milti Sponsors)

Montreal Canadiens - Andrei Markov (Reno Depot)

*Nashville Predators - O'Charley's

New Jersey Devils - Logo/ Red w/ Black & White Lettering 5" X 8" (Pepsi Max/ WFAN/ MSG+)

New York Islanders - Big Rectangle/ Kyle Okposo, Blake Comeau, Josh Bailey, Trent Hunter, and Mark Streit/ MSG + Plus

New York Rangers - Logo "Nothing Regular About The..." (MSG-HD/ Jana)

Ottawa Senators - none

Philadelphia Flyers - Photo of 5 Players "Relentless" (Toyota)

Phoenix Coyotes - Logo “We Play For You” (FS Arizona)

Pittsburgh Penguins - none, but plenty of other stuff

San Jose Sharks - Dan Boyle, Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski "This Is Sharks Territory" (Mountain Dew/ Comcast/ 98.5 KFOX)

St. Louis Blues - Logo (Mountain Dew)

Tampa Bay Lightning - #21 David Hall & #4 Vince LeClavalier/ Logo (Bud Light)

Toronto Maple Leafs - Matt Stajan (The Toronto Star)

Vancouver Canucks - Logo/ Goalie "We Are All Canucks" (Telus/ Team 1040/ The Providence)

Washington Capitals - Logo "Red Is Caps Hockey" (Comcast)

tj November 6, 2009 at 10:15 AM  

I just found this on the Coyotes site:

COYOTES MAGNET SCHEDULE courtesy of FOX Sports Arizona
SHANE DOAN BOBBLE HEAD sponsored by Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
COYOTES HAT courtesy of Gila River Casinos

Sunshine36616 November 6, 2009 at 10:57 PM  

Thanks for the updates, tj! I've heard that we are getting magnetic schedules this Sunday as well :)


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