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Wildcats to Celebrate Military Friday

The Wichita Falls Wildcats will host Military Appreciation Night Friday against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

Anyone with a valid military ID, whether active duty, retired or even family, will receive free admission.

The Wildcats will also be wearing special-edition camouflage jerseys, designed by assistant coach Chris Ceransky.

"I wanted to be able to take our tenth-anniversary look and have a military feel to it," Ceransky said of the two-tone blue design, using colors from the Wildcats' anniversary jerseys they've worn occasionally this season.

Notably, as "camo" jerseys around the nation have swarmed to the digital-camouflage look, the Wildcats will have a bit of a throw-back feel, with the classic, 'analog' look.

"I think it looks better, and it looks a lot classier," Ceransky said Thursday. "I'm an old spirit. I love the way the old-school camouflage looks."

Even more important than the jerseys will be the players wearing them. Five current Wildcats are committed to play their college hockey at the Air Force Academy.

"You know, everyone on the team realizes the sacrifice these people make for us," said forward Will Vosejpka, one of the AFA commits. "It's good for us to be able to show our appreciation for them on this night."
"We're excited to be able to play a great game for all the people serving in the forces," said Head Coach Paul Baxter. "And we hope to have a great game and entertain them well."
"We're a junior hockey team, you know, which means some of these guys are putting off their education for a little while to try and better their lives," Ceransky added. "We wouldn't have that freedom without the guys who are out there putting it on the line every day."

The Wildcats (21-14-3) are having one of their strongest seasons in years, but they've run into a bit of a speed bump lately.
They've lost their last four games to drop from the South Division lead to fourth place, but are still in the thick of the playoff chase.
They're confident they can get things back on track in time for a playoff push.

"You know, we're close," Vosejpka said. "We haven't been playing poorly, but I think we all know we have more. We had a good week of practice."
"Our guys understand what we need to do to be winners," Baxter added. "It's very difficult to win, but we thrive on that challenge and we'll be good this weekend."

The Wildcats and Ice Dogs (29-12-0) will face off at 7:05 Friday at the Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls.

Also, all January concessions at the KYC will be rolled back to their prices from 2004, the first year of hockey in Wichita Falls.
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