The Binghamton Senators are celebrating 40 years of professional hockey in Broome County tonight when they host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at 7:05 PM.  "40 Years of Hockey Night" is presented by Matthews Auto.  The late Jim Matthews of Matthews Auto is credited with bringing professional hockey to the area in 1973 with the Broome Dusters entry in the North American Hockey League.

Over the next 40 years Binghamton has played host to five professional hockey teams including:  the Broome Dusters in both the North American Hockey League and the American Hockey league; Binghamton Whalers in the AHL; Binghamton Rangers, AHL;, B.C. Icemen, United Hockey League; and Binghamton Senators in the American Hockey League.

In pre-game ceremonies the Senators will dedicate a plaque honoring Jim Matthews and present his family with a commemorative "40 Years of Hockey" jersey.  The first 2,500 fans through the gate tonight will receive a souvenir "40 Years Of Hockey" poster as well.

Former players expected to be on hand for tonight's game and an autograph session at the end of the first period in the concourse are:

Frank Hamill, Max Hansen, Roger Kosar - Broome Dusters

Peter Dineen - Binghamton Whalers

Peter Fiorentino, Rick Willis - Binghamton Rangers

Patrice Robitaille, Eric Kelly - B.C. Icemen

American Food and Vending will offer an "old time" concessions special of $1 popcorn. The Senators will wear special jerseys featuring the "40 Years of Hockey" logo.  These jerseys will be auctioned off after tonight's game.

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