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Erie Otters tickets
The climate in Erie resembles a stereotypical Canadian winter, part of the reason why hockey enjoys success in Northern Pennsylvania. Erie Otters tickets become scarce commodities each year as Autumn approaches, bringing the first hints of hockey season to the Erie Insurance Arena.
Despite their status as a relatively new hockey franchise, the Otters have developed tense rivalries throughout the Great Lakes region. This franchise boasts some of the best OHL prospects who went on to lace their skates in the NHL.
Erie Otters' history
As a hockey franchise, the Erie Otters have a long history that dragged the team across North America before finally settling in Pennsylvania. Founded in 1946 as the Windsor Spitfires, the team relocated throughout the decades, including a stint in St. Catherines, Brantford, Niagara Falls and three pit stops in Hamilton. Amusingly, the team used to be called the Funcups between 1974 and 1978.
The city of Erie brought stability to the franchise, competing off the lake shore since the Otters arrived in 1996. Their performance in Pennsylvania has netted them six Midwest Division Championships, three Western Conference titles, and OHL championships in 2001-02 and 2016-17.
Fans fill the arena in anticipation of watching the next great NHL player grow into their potential. Unlike some pro minor league teams, the Otters aren't officially affiliated with a specific NHL franchise. Nonetheless, the team has developed dozens of major pro players since arriving in Erie, including Tim Connolly, Ryan O'Reilly, Andre Burakovsky and Connor Brown.
The most famous Otters alumnus, Connor McDavid, was the first No. 1 overall draft pick to play in Erie. Connor foreshadowed his NHL Hart Trophy by earning OHL MVP while in an Otters uniform.
Erie Otters' team info
The Erie Otters play in the Ontario Hockey League as one of three U.S. franchises competing outside of Canada. This team's right across the border from Ontario and appreciates winter sports just like its neighbors north of the border.
Like many OHL teams, the talent representing this franchise strive to make the NHL. Plenty of players from the Otters have made the big leagues over the past decades, including MVP-caliber prospects who have successfully jumped to the pros.
The Erie Otters compete out of the Midwest division of the Western Conference, clashing with rivals around southern Ontario, including teams from as far as Kitchener.
Erie averages around 4,000-5,000 per game in attendance, in an arena with a capacity of 6,833. For most games, fans can find great seats to watch high-level hockey.
Similar to the Erie Otters
Cleveland Monsters play out of the terrific Quicken Loans Arena, bringing pro hockey to Cleveland. The Pittsburgh Penguins call PPG Paints Arena home, while the Buffalo Sabres play out of the always-rocking KeyBank Center.
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