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HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) -
If you look in the stands during any Hershey Bears game, you'll likely notice a growing legion of fans.
In fact, Bears officials estimate women now make up nearly 50 percent of ticket sales.
"You see them during the fights, they love the fights," player Cameron Schilling said. "You see them after the game wanting autographs and stuff like that."
"The nice thing about them actually is some of them make me cookies," player Joel Rechlicz said with a smile of his female fans. "When I was growing up, my mom, I could always hear her screaming in the stands and everything. So I tend to think sometimes women can be the louder types when they're cheering. You hear them the most."
The growing fan base is the driving force behind a new event on Nov. 7 called "Hockey+Heels." Women will get the chance to hit the ice with some of their favorite players. They'll learn the basics of shooting and passing and get a lesson in the rules of the game. They'll also get to tour the team locker room and mingle with players and coaches in the club house.
"We're also going to be interacting, so any question they might have, they can come out and ask everything," Schilling said.
"We really want to show how much we appreciate them (the fans)," Communications Coordinator Kaylee Dugan said. "This is an event for someone who knows nothing about hockey to someone who's a super fan and knows every Hershey Bear game and player.
"We're excited to kind of give them a little bit of insight about what goes on behind the scenes and everything," Rechlicz said. "It's a great event to have."
Women won't actually wear heels - or even skates - for the event. Participants are encouraged to wear sneakers.
Tickets for the event, which cost $50, go on sale on October 14. There are only 200 tickets available and they are expected to sell out quickly. For more information, visit hersheybears.com.