MANCHESTER (May 10, 2007) – The Manchester Monarchs-Providence Bruins American Hockey League playoff series has been tight, well-played one with high emotion. Now it has been taken to the next level.
Frank Guinta, Mayor of Manchester and a fan of the Monarchs, proposed to Providence, R.I., Mayor David Cicilline a good-natured wager on the AHL Atlantic Division Finals. The letter, sent on May 1, sets the following terms:
- The mayor of the losing city will wear the hockey sweater to a public event following the last game of the series; and
- The mayor of the losing city will donate $100 to the primary charity of the winning mayor’s choice (Guinta: The Monarchs Care Foundation; Cicilline: Volunteers in Providence Schools program).
On May 10, the Mayor Cicilline accepted Mayor Guinta’s wager, which Mayor Guinta put out in the spirit of good sportsmanship. "As Mayor of Manchester, I am delighted that Mayor Cicilline has accepted this good-natured wager. I think I speak for both cities when I wish the respective teams well in the remaining games of the series," Guinta said. "Both cities have many things to be thankful for, including two fantastic hockey franchises. I look forward to the remaining games of this exciting series and trust Mayor Cicilline will look good in Monarchs purple. I am fairly confident that I will not be wearing Bruins black anytime soon."
In a statement from Providence, Mayor Cicilline said the following: "With the power of the P-Bruins, and with the fighting spirit behind the hometown team, I am confident that the Bruins will prevail in this best-of-seven series. I certainly wish the Monarchs and Mayor Guinta well, but I predict that Mayor Guinta will be wearing a P-Bruins jersey very soon."
The series, which is currently tied at two games apiece, continues Saturday night at 7:35 p.m. with Game Five at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Game Six will be in Providence at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center at 7:05 p.m. on Monday, May 14. If necessary, Game Seven will be at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Wednesday, May 16, with game time at 7:05 p.m.