Obi-Wan Kenobi may be a no-show, but the Missouri Mavericks can count on Obi “Wan” Aduba to be on hand at 7:05 tonight when they play host to the St. Charles Chill.
The game is being billed as the first Star Wars Night and more than 20 costumed characters will be walking around the Independence Events Center concourse, where they will mingle with fans and pose for photos.
“I don't know if Obi-Wan Kenobi will be there,” joked Aduba, referring to the Jedi master creation of George Lucas, “but I'll be there and the boys will be there, and we'll do all we can to get a win for our fans.”
The theme night seems to have created quite a buzz in the metro area as a local radio host was promoting it Thursday morning and a television crew was at the team's practice session to find out what was going on with the new promotion.
Any fan who goes to the Events Center box office dressed in Star Wars gear will receive $5 off a ticket, and there is an online offer (www.ticketmaster.com) where fans can purchase three tickets and receive one free.
“We're excited about the game, and the fans are excited about the game and big promotion,” said Mavericks coach Scott Hillman, whose team is coming off a disappointing 3-0 home loss last Saturday to the Allen Americans.
“We ran into a hot goaltender that night, and want to rebound (today),” Hillman added. “We're expecting a lot of fans, and it should be a fun night with all the Star Wars characters in the Events Center.
“But we're keeping our Obi on the ice with us.”
Aduba, who was known as a Mavericks killer for all his past success against the team when he played for the Quad City Mallards, is excited to get back on the ice.
“We're all excited about Friday night's game,” Aduba said. “We had been playing really well before that shutout to Allen. We want to get back on the right track because we the short break for Christmas then we go to Rapid City for three big games next week.
“It would be great to go into the break with a big win.”
CURRIER STILL ON MEND: Rookie defenseman Tyler Currier is still working out with the team but unable to get on the ice because of a lower body injury.
While his team is on the ice, Currier can be found working out with trainer Bill Murray in the locker room.
“It's frustrating,” said Currier, who missed the early part of the season while mending a broken foot. “No one wants to be on the ice more than I do.”