A Very Special Story

Were you one of the people who shared their special Knickerbocker Arena/Pepsi Arena/Times Union Center memories? Me neither — but I do have a special place in my heart for the Albany Choppers.

The Choppers played in the International Hockey League, which is international in the same way Albany Airport and IHOP are international.

This was back in 1991 when my son Alex was just a wee lad. I took him to a Choppers game one night and there were maybe 400 people in the 14,000 seat Knickerbocker Arena. A crowd of 400 and somehow two old guys ended up sitting right in front of us.

Anyway, he was what? Three-years-old? I’m not sure if it was the popcorn, or the ice cream, or the hot dog. Maybe it was just the excitement of IHL hockey. Whatever the reason, he suddenly barfed up everything right in the middle of the second period.

It was everywhere. On me, on him, on the two guys in front of us. He started crying so I did what any good father would do: I scooped him up and ran. I looked over my shoulder on the way up the steps. The two guys in front of us were completely oblivious.

So here we are nineteen-years-later. If you’re one of the guys who went home from an Albany Choppers game smelling like vomit and couldn’t figure out why, I’m really sorry.

So, there’s my special memory of the Knick Arena. Are you moved yet?


7 responses to “A Very Special Story

  1. That made my laugh out loud…… for a long time. I’ll make sure I check behind me the next time I go to a game.

    Sadly, no good memories of the Knick (as I still think of it as)

  2. My youngest barfed at his first ValleyCats game a couple of years ago. I guess it’s something every father and son has to experience.

  3. Rob –

    I did a full-length piece on the Albany Choppers for Hockey Digest; I also posted it as part of the “Story of Albany” series.


  4. I still have my Choppers plastic cup and keychain! where did you get that jersey?????

  5. Cindy: I “borrowed” that jersey from the website of a collector:


    Something like that would cost a Chopper Shopper a load of money!

  6. Rob,
    Yeah those game worn Chopper jerseys are very rare. Just picked one up a blue one after 10 years of searching; #25 Michel Couvrette/Brent Bobyck. I’m looking for a white one now. I saw a program go for $45 on eBay a few months ago. I’ve been looking for a media guide but I doubt thet had the money to get one made up.

  7. Oh and the collectors site you got that off of (RBradley) was a STH and has managed to collect a few shirts.

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