Nationwide Recognition for Painted Ice

Sunday, 01.05.14 / 3:58 PM
By admin

For the first time in the history of the sport, two hockey teams squared off on an ice surface painted entirely by fans. A total of 845 participants, mostly children, painted the ice surface on December 29, 2013 and then watched the Thunder play on that very surface on January 1, 2014. The results were remarkable.

While the Thunder would end up falling in We Paint the Ice Night presented by We Paint, Dr. Lester Low Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, and Naf’s Ice Paints to the San Francisco Bulls, it was an amazing show of hockey on a one-of-a-kind sheet of ice.

Through social media, word began to spread of the event throughout the United States and Canada as the game would eventually become known as The Painted Classic due to it being played just two days after the NHL played their Winter Classic.

Eventually what resulted was something special. The Thunder fans brought positive attention to the entire Stockton community and while many were concerned about the ice surface having an impact on the hockey, a 4-2 final and the word from Head Coach Rich Kromm, defenseman Mike Dalhuisen, and the rest of the Thunder players (and even the Bulls players) assured fans that it didn’t have much of a bearing on the game.

The crowd for the January 3 game was simply breathtaking as the 4,869 fans in Stockton Arena made some of the loudest noise heard all season, and, they all left their own personal mark (literally!) on the history of the sport.

Below is a list of places the Thunder received coverage, nationally, internationally and locally. If you spot the Thunder’s “Painted Classic” anywhere else, be sure to let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or by emailing Team Marketing Manager Brandon Kisker!

Nationwide Coverage

Bleacher Report CBS Sports
CBS Sports Hockey Buzz
NESN Reddit
SB Nation Sports Illustrated
Sporting News

Local Coverage

Stockton Record News 10

Nationwide Local News Coverage

The Thunder have made waves throughout the nation, everywhere from Long Island, New York to Honolulu, Hawaii. Check out the clips below from:
Evansville, Indiana | Austin, Texas | Las Vegas, Nevada | West Palm Beach, Florida | New York, New York | Long Island, New York |Palm Springs, California | Phoenix, Arizona | Fresno, California | Honolulu, Hawaii | Bakersfield, California | Erie, Pennsylvania | Laredo, Texas | Savannah, Georgia | Panama City, Florida | Augusta, Georgia | Tallahassee, Florida | Western Michigan

Social Media

While there was a TON of attention nationally by hockey fans all over, these posts came directly from some of the biggest names in sports! You can also see what was posted by following the #PaintedClassic hashtag!

The Pink Puck
Pro Hockey News