JDHS set for flamingos and North Pole

Juneau-Douglas High School hockey players Kevin Zigarlick, Bill Holbrook, Zach Bicknell, Chris Jacobsen, Tod Baseden and assistant coach Matt Boline display the pink flamingos that are part of their effort to get fans into this weekend’s conference-opening home series against North Pole.

The Crimson Bears hockey team is set to open its conference season against North Pole on Friday night and hopes that on Saturday morning players will be across yards throughout town picking up pink flamingos.

The roughly eight-inch high plastic tropical bird with wings that rotate in the wind sits atop a long metal rod above the snow line in a, hopefully, receptive citizen’s yard.

“I was watching a YouTube video of Baboons hunting Flamingos when I remembered a Pink Flamingo fundraiser that I did as a kid,” JDHS assistant coach Matt Boline said. “I had a lot of fun doing it, we made some money, and what a better time and place than now to do it again.”

The JDHS hockey team and the 2011 Blue Line Club is bringing the flamingo fashion statement back again for two reasons: as a fundraiser for the program and to have some fun with fans and put more of them into the Treadwell Arena seats.

“The pink flamingo yard decorations are outdated,” Boline said. “You don’t see many of them around and most folks would consider them an eye-sore, but we are not trying to offend anyone who feels otherwise. We wanted something that would stand out and draw attention to our primary message of drawing fans to the games this weekend.”

This is how the pink flamingo operation works: An individual purchases a flamingo to be placed in somebody’s yard. That somebody is usually a friend, co-worker or family. If a flamingo shows up in their yard they call the number on the tag attached to the flamingo and have three options.

The first option is to pay $5 per flamingo to have them removed. Option two is paying $10 per flamingo to have them removed and placed on somebody else’s yard. Option three is to let the flamingo graze in your yard until Friday evening to help promote the games.

“We just want people to have a laugh at, basically, their own expense and in a fun and charitable way,” Boline said. “The support is greatly appreciated and we really want to give fans a great show on the ice this weekend.”

For more information or to purchase a pink flamingo, contact coach Matt Boline at bolinehockey@gmail.com or in person at the team’s 6 a.m. practices.

“Use extreme caution when approaching the flamingos,” Boline said. “Just contact the number attached for safe removal of the bird.”

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