HARTFORD, January 23, 2014:  Global Spectrum, operators of the XL Center and Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that the Wolf Pack’s annual “Tip-a-Player” Dinner and Sports Carnival will take place Tuesday, February 18 at the XL Center.

Hartford Wolf PackThis year’s tenth annual Tip-a-Player extravaganza will run from 6:00-9:00 PM on February 18, and all proceeds from the event will benefit Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford, CT.  Gaylord Specialty Healthcare provides specialty care for people with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, stroke and pulmonary disease.

Tip-a-Player involves the entire Wolf Pack team, and is a family-friendly evening that allows hockey fans to get “up close and personal” with the Wolf Pack players.  The players will be waiting tables, signing autographs and joining fans in healthy competition in the sports carnival, which features an array of inflatables and other assorted lively fun.  Also, the players will compete for “tips” by accepting various challenges and otherwise providing lighthearted entertainment.

The littlest fans will be treated to face-painting and bounce houses, and all guests will enjoy the delicious dining options of a mini “Taste of Hartford”, with area restaurants providing numerous enticing samples of their best fare.  In addition, fans will have the opportunity to bid on special player event jerseys, and there will be a silent auction featuring a bevy of valuable hockey items.

Tip-a-Player takes place during school vacation week, and offers an affordable night out for the whole family, as well as a chance to support a great cause.  Tickets are $30 each for adults and $20 for kids, and “puck bucks”, used to tip the players, are $5 for a quantity of 50 puck bucks.

A ticket order form is on-line at the Wolf Pack’s official website, www.hartfordwolfpack.com, and tickets will also be on sale at the Wolf Pack’s two home games this weekend, tomorrow night, Friday, January 24 vs. Springfield and Saturday, January 25 vs. St. John’s.  Tickets can also be purchased by phone, by calling Gaylord Specialty Healthcare at (203) 284-2881, or Wolf Pack community relations director Frank Berrian at (860) 541-4728.

Tickets for all Wolf Pack 2013-14 home games are on sale now at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.  Wolf Pack tickets start as low as $12 for youth 12 years old or younger.  To speak with a representative about season or group tickets, call (855) 762-6451.

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