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Wings Honor 1994 Champions This Weekend

03/22/2004, 3:04pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

The Philadelphia Wings celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their 1994 World Championship at their final home game this Saturday, March 27, when they host the Rochester Knighthawks at 8 p.m. at the Wachovia Center. The evening will feature appearances from members of the 1994 squad and commemorative 10th Anniversary posters will be handed out to the first 10,000 fans attending the game.

"This team was a very special group and the core guys brought us championships in 1994, 1995, and 1998," said 1994 Team Captain and Wings Alumni President Scott Gabrielsen. "We're excited to have the entire team returning for this night including Paul and Gary Gait."

Members of the 1994 team will be introduced pre-game prior to the current Wings team and a special video tribute and presentation will be held between the third and fourth quarters. The 1994 Championship Team will also sign autographs pre-game in Victors Club as well at the post-game party in the Red Bell Microbrewery.

The 1994 Philadelphia Wings captured the Major Indoor Lacrosse League (now National Lacrosse League) Championship by a score of 26-15 over the Buffalo Bandits in front of 16,284 fans at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY. Paul Gait earned MVP honors in the game for his eleven-point (8G, 3A) performance as he led the Wings to their third franchise title.

The 1994 Championship team included members of the current Wings squad including goaltender Dallas Eliuk, forward Tom Marechek, and Assistant Coaches Tony Resch and Paul Deniken. Other members of the 1994 squad scheduled to be in attendance this Saturday are Chris Bates, George Corrigan, Chris Flynn, Gary Gait, Paul Gait, Steve Govett, Gary Martin, John McEvoy, Bill Miller, John Nostrant, Paul O'Grady, Andy Piazza, Jim Rogers, Brian Voelker, and Gabrielsen.

The Wings (5-8) and the Knighthawks (6-7) are battling for the third and final playoff position in the East Division. Philadelphia and Rochester face each other twice in their three remaining regular season games, including the game in Philadelphia this Saturday and an April 3 match-up in Rochester. The Wings face the second place Buffalo Bandits in their final regular season game on April 4, while the Knighthawks meet the division leading Toronto Rock in their final regular season game on April 9.

Great seats for the Wings final home game this Saturday are $18, $23 and $27 in advance and $20, $25 and $29 on game day. Tickets are available now at the Wachovia Center box office or by calling 215-389-WINGS.

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