Single-game tickets for the Mighty Ducks' regular season will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at The Pond box office, as well as at Ticketmaster outlets.
Demand is expected to be high after 49 consecutive home sellouts, so there will be a distribution system involving wristbands, which will be given out from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The parking lot will not open until 7 a.m., and the wristbands will assign fans to different lines without regard to who arrived first.
Fans arriving after 9:30 can buy tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis after those with wristbands are served.
Each person in line will be limited to purchasing six tickets per game, but can purchase tickets to multiple games. Tickets will be available for all home games, with prices ranging from $14 to $125.
Maxim Bets, whom the Ducks acquired from St. Louis along with a draft pick for All-Star defenseman Alexei Kasatonov two seasons ago, was among 10 players assigned to report to camp with minor league Baltimore.
It was an early cut for Bets, who was the 37th pick overall in the 1993 draft but has yet to fulfill his potential. He appeared in 36 games and had only two goals and six assists last season with minor league San Diego, then of the International Hockey League, and had two points in nine games with Worcester (Mass.) in the American Hockey League. He also refused an assignment to Greensboro (N.C.) in the East Coast Hockey League.
"Max has to get his game together. Now all the excuses are gone and he's in the American League," said Pierre Gauthier, assistant general manager of the Ducks as well as the GM of the Baltimore team, the Ducks' new minor league affiliate. "He's got the offensive skill to play in the NHL, but he's got to get the rest of his game together. It takes time. He's only 20 years old. Most players don't reach their prime till they're 23, then they have seven years till they're 30."
The Ducks' roster is down to 42 players and likely will be reduced Thursday to about 30. Other players under contract who were sent to Baltimore included right wing Craig Reichert and defensemen Scott Chartier, Mark DeSantis and Brian Corcoran, the former University of Massachusetts football player. The team also sent five players who were in camp on tryouts to Baltimore to continue their auditions there. Those players are goaltender Chad Lang, right wing Robert Melanson, defenseman Jan Mikel, center Aaron Nagy and left wing George Zajankala.