For the last eighteen years, Sarnia Sting season ticket holder Jay Peckham has devoted his support and passion towards the organization. Peckham represents one of the Stings many dedicated fans and exceeds at displaying the pride within Sting nation.
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Peckham became the coordinator amongst nine hockey fanatics who were looking for a guy’s night out! Despite busy schedules, Peckham and his friends decided to purchase five seasonal seats to suffice usage. He then created a personalized pre-season draft for seats to determine who would attend each seasonal game. Over the course, Peckham has been able to watch the Sting amongst numerous locations within the Progressive Auto Sales Arena. He had moved his seats from one end to another but could not express his gratitude for the experience that 206 offers. Within this section, Peckham is surrounded by other season ticket holders and describes the environment as loud and supportive. He discusses the “family” that the members have created and the joy that they radiate.
Along with attending Sarnia Sting home games, Peckham and his group of friends have also traveled with the sting to every other OHL arena. This was the beginning of a large supply of merchandise as he has collected every OHL team pin which he displays proudly on his Sting lanyard. Peckham also collectively owns season team cards, mini sticks, noise makers, programs, and nine different Sting jerseys, including Jonathan Ang’s and a signed Steven Stamkos youth jersey. Peckham expressed his fondness of Stamkos, as well as with Marco Caprara who he had the opportunity to golf with at the Sunshine Golf Tournament.
Jay Peckham, of Sarnia, traveled to the WFCU Centre with a group of friends to support the Sarnia Sting.
Other than the Sting Arena, Peckham recognizes the “outstanding” fans who support the Peterborough Petes, and the tremendous staff within the Ottawa 67’s organization, describing their customer service as “off the charts!” He also mentioned his favoritism towards the Sudbury Community Arena which he claims, “reeks of tradition.”
Peckham concluded the interview by referencing the social atmosphere of the Sarnia Sting that he misses dearly. Peckham believes the quality of entertainment and the level of hockey he gets to experience through the OHL is, “electric, as young men are trying everything that they can to get to the next level, to get the big contracts and to make a life for themselves in the show.” In addition, he believes that sitting only six seats away from the ice allows him to feel a sense of connection to the Sting players and the opportunity to truly recognize the privilege of watching them transition into men.
“I can’t wait to get back to the rink.” – Jay Peckham.