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As their second season in franchise history approaches, the Worcester Railers promotional schedule will help get more fans in the building.

On Wednesday, the New York Islanders’ ECHL affiliate, the Worcester Railers Hockey Club, released their promotional schedule for the 2018-19 season.

After extending their affiliation with the Islanders this offseason for the next two seasons, the Railers continue to prepare for their second season in franchise history.

In their inaugural season, the team finished the regular season with a 37-27-4-4 (W-L-OTL-SOL) record, making the playoffs before losing to Adirondack Thunder in six games in the first round.

The promotional schedule is jam-packed with theme nights, giveaways, specialty jerseys, and more.

The team is also introducing BIG GAME Saturdays which will feature Guns N’ Hoses Night with the legendary Ray Bourque scheduled to be in attendance (Nov. 3), a Home for the Holidays Night with a texting glove giveaway (Dec. 29) and two bobblehead giveaways: a Mitch Gillam ‘GILLY GILLY’ bobblehead on Jan. 12 and a St. Patrick’s Day TRAX (the team’s mascot) bobblehead on March 16.

The team is also scheduled to wear a handful of specialty jerseys including a Worcester Police jersey (Nov. 3), a Black Panther jersey on Black Friday (Nov. 23), a Pink in the Rink jersey (Feb. 9), a Nickelodeon-themed jersey (March 9) and a few others.

The Railers are also using their promotional game days to encourage students to work hard in school with two Report Card Nights (Nov. 17 and Feb. 10) which will give free admission to any student K-12 who can prove that they have received an “A” on their latest report card.

“We wanted to bring back what was successful in year one and add some exciting new promotions in year two,” said Railers HC president Mike Myers told RailersHC.com. “Our home schedule is extremely family friendly, and we look forward to building off the momentum of our inaugural season with even more excitement in year two.”

Last season, according to ECHL.com, the Railers filled their home arena, DCU Center, to 78.4 percent capacity on a nightly basis with an average of 4,393 fans a game (the arena holds 5,600).

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