The Washington Stealth squares off with the Boston Blazers at the Comcast Arena on March 25 in the first ever “Chowder Cup” presented by Anthony’s Restaurants. Stealth President David Takata and Blazers President Doug Reffue have placed a friendly wager on the game, with the losing team’s president forced to eat chowder from the winning team’s town in a video to be posted on the winner’s website.
The Stealth and Blazers have played each other in each of the last two seasons, with Boston winning both contests at the TD Garden. This week’s meeting is a big one for a Stealth team that is fighting for the right to host a first round playoff game. With a Stealth roster that includes some of the NLL’s brightest stars like Lewis Ratcliff, Rhys Duch and Paul Rabil, Takata is willing to put his chowder where his mouth is.
“This is an important game and a great chance for our fans to see a battle between some of the best players in the world,” he said. “With all due respect to Mr. Reffue, he will be eating the world’s best chowder from Anthony’s Restaurants following the Stealth win. Our fans are looking forward to watching Mr. Reffue enjoy Anthony’s chowder on video.”
It’s an equally important game for Reffue and the Blazers, who have lost back-to-back games and sit in third place in a tough East Division. The Blazers have a star-studded roster of its own, including the NLL’s last two MVPs in Casey Powell and Dan Dawson. In the upcoming chapter of the rivalry between the Stealth and Blazers, Reffue thinks his team – and his chowder – are up to the task.
“The Chowder Cup is a fun way to build on our already strong rivalry with the Stealth,” said Reffue. “It’s never easy to beat the defending champs in their own arena, but we’re confident that Mr. Takata will be eating Boston’s best clam chowder next week.”
The game will also feature a food drive and fundraiser for Northwest Harvest, which provides food to hungry people throughout Washington. Northwest Harvest will also hold a raffle during the game for Stealth merchandise and experience packages. All of the proceeds will benefit the fight against hunger in Washington.
With the Boston Blazers in town for the first time, the Stealth will show its rivals from the northeast what makes the northwest special. During the game, fans will have a chance to participate in a fish-tossing contest, reminiscent of the fish toss in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, a crab walk race in honor of one of the northwest’s favorite cuisines and other great contests with prizes from the Stealth and Anthony’s Restaurants.
It all happens on Friday, March 25 at the Comcast Arena at Everett. Tickets for the game start at just $13 and can be purchased by calling 877-MY-75-TIX or at www.stealthlax.com.