It’s the start of the 2022-23 NHL season, where 32 teams play a slate of 82 regular-season games, with the hopes of winning enough to make the playoffs — or losing enough to get a high draft pick. But what better way to draw fans to a meaningless home game on a frigid Tuesday night in February than by giving them some novel trinket that they’ll soon sell on eBay — be it a bobblehead, poster, or the ever-popular magnetic schedule?
Surprisingly, nearly half of the teams — 14 out of 32 — are not giving anything away this year. These tended to be either Canadian teams or U.S. teams in large markets like New York or Boston.
Of the 18 teams that are having at least one giveaway, nine of them are giving out magnetic schedules. In fact, the Penguins are giving out magnetic schedules TWICE.
Some of the better items that hockey fans can hope to get at a game this season include a Trevor Zegras action figure, a Devils-themed Marvel comic book, and a Gritty hula dancer figurine.
Both the Ducks and the Coyotes are giving away something called a “Dad Hat.” If you are a father and know what that is, please let me know.
The Kraken are giving away a league-high five bobblehead figures this year, while the Red Wings will give away four. The Blues are also giving away four bobbleheads, but all on the same night. I bet that will cause a few fights amongst the kiddos on the drive home. (“No fair! I got the Colton Parayko bobblehad! Why can’t I have the Brayden Schenn bobblehead? Mom!”)
Below is a list of the best promotional items that NHL teams will be giving away to help draw fans to games over the season.