2019 AFHL Playoffs Preview
Gulls Take Aim at Three-Peat
+ Fun Festivities Around the League
March 11th, 2019
When Lucas Main dares to dream, it often turns into reality.
The San Diego Gulls GM has won the Stanley Cup two years in a row. Now he is looking to make it three. This year however, he said, is different. This year, the immediate goal ahead seems surreal.
No matter. In Lucas’ mind, as always, it’s achievable.
If Lucas and the Gulls can grind their way through three rounds of playoff hockey in the next month, they would set yet another record as the only team to have won three consecutive Stanley Cups. They already hold the record as the only team to win twice. The significance of the feat is not lost on the Gulls leader.
“It would be incredible,” he said. “I mean …”
The usually chatty Lucas paused. He was at a loss for words.
He nodded in the direction of the banners recognizing the 2017 and 2018 Cup championships on the wall of the Gulls dressing room.
“When someone asks me about three, I couldn’t imagine what three would feel like,” he said.
“I know what two feels like. You’re pinching yourself because you know it’s so hard and you don’t know how you are going to do it. That group found a way. I think we used more than 30 players to win that second one last year.
“To know that feeling and to know how difficult it was to achieve that, [three] would be an unbelievable feeling.”
One he strives to experience.
“I’d love to have another parade back home,” Lucas said. “I think it’s mandatory for those parades to be on the hottest day of the year but it’s worth it. We have a long way to go before that happens.”
The road to a three-peat will run through the Laval Nomads to start. San Diego and Laval will play in the First Round, the first ever playoff series between the two teams. San Diego hosts Game 1 tonight (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, AFHL.TV).
Ticket sales and fun festivities have begun around the league in the AFHL. Here are some of the cool things happening around this year’s playoff teams…
SHARKS PENALTY BOX AT RENAISSANCE PLAZA
-Sharks fans can show off their excitement today for the Atlantic City Sharks’ playoff run by stopping by the Renaissance Plaza Mall and taking a picture in the Sharks’ Penalty Box.
-Fans are encouraged to show off their picture with #GoSharksGo on Twitter or Instagram and they might just win a Sharks’ signed items, “Go Sharks Go” merchandise, or even playoff tickets!
TATTOOS AND FACE PAINTING AT LA PLAZA DE LA MAURICE
-Starting at 4:30pm, Plaza De La Maurice will feature multiple events right outside the mall including barbers shaving the Vikings logos on fans heads, tattoo artists tattooing free Vikings logos (up to a certain size), and face and hair painters.
-Shooting cage opens at 6pm
-Vikings Ice Girls will be there to pose for pictures with fans
SUPERMEN ICE CREAM TRUCK AT MORGENSTERN’S
-From 10am to 8pm, fans can stop by Morgenstern’s in Manhattan to celebrate the Supermen being back in the playoffs with one-of-a-kind Supermen ice cream and lots of free giveaways.
MONDAY SEND-OFF IN COMOX VALLEY
-The Comox Valley X-Men are inviting fans to line outside their home ice arena to wish the team good luck when they travel to Pittsburgh for Game 1.
-Fans are asked to bring posters and signs and should be lined up by 10:45am.
DEER PARK FAN FAIR
-The Chiefs are doing a lot of fun stuff right outside their arena leading up to game time tonight.
-Fans will get a chance to play interactive hockey games, enjoy live music and special appearances by current and former players.
-Anyone who purchased a ticket to tonight’s game will receive a battle towel at their seat presented by Toyota.
-Tickets are nearly sold out for Games 1-4 in the First Round Matchups. Best luck at getting last minute tickets could be found on StubHub.com