BLOOMINGTON, Ill — The Central Illinois Flying Aces are turning back the clock on March 2 and announced on Friday a Flashback Friday Phattest Photo Contest in conjunction with the 80s Night promotion set to take place at next Friday’s home game.
As part of the contest, the Flying Aces are asking fans to submit their best “worst” photos from the 1980s.
Photo submissions can include, but are not limited to, trendy fashion statements that are no longer tubular, rad 80s hairdos, gnarly yearbook photos, or even a combination of the three. One participant's submission will be crowned the Phattest Photo and will receive a Flying Aces prize pack, which will include a team-signed jersey.
To enter, fans can either bring their best “worst” 80s photos into the Flying Aces office or email their photo submission to email@example.com. All participants in the Flashback Friday Phattest Photo Contest will receive a buy one, get one free ticket to 80s Night on March 2. Submissions must be made by Wednesday, Feb. 28 by 5 p.m.
The Flying Aces will narrow down the field of submissions to three finalists for 80s Night. During the game on 80s Night, all fans will have the chance to vote on which picture they think is the Phattest Photo.
Next Friday is the start of seven straight weekends of home games for the Flying Aces. Central Illinois takes on the Fargo Force for a two-game series on Friday and Saturday of next weekend at Grossinger Motors Arena in downtown Bloomington. After 80s Night on Friday, the Flying Aces host the second annual Wiener Dog Races on Saturday night. Tickets start as low as $8 for both games.
Known as the Bloomington Thunder from 2014-17, the newly-rebranded Central Illinois Flying Aces are a member of the top junior hockey league in the United States, the United States Hockey League (USHL). The only Tier I junior hockey league in the country, the USHL has become renowned for developing the next stars of both Division I college hockey and the NHL. At the start of the 2017-18 season, there were 128 active USHL alumni on NHL rosters, with at least one USHL alumnus playing for each of the 31 teams. In total, there have been 253 USHL players who have gone onto NHL careers, including Patrick Sharp, David Backes, Johnny Gaudreau, and Joe Pavelski, among others. The players in the USHL range in age from 16-20 years old, 95 percent of whom will go on to play college hockey at the Division I level. For more information, visit flyingaceshockey.com or ushl.com or download the USHL Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.