September 08, 2008

The 2008 PIHA Southeast division champions, South Carolina Pirates finally got to bring the championship cup to the KISS COFFEEHOUSE, Saturday, September 6th to get their picture with their sponsors and owner. The added bonus to the members of the team was that KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer was there to celebrate the second anniversary of the COFFEEHOUSE. 'Getting to see Tommy Thayer and have our picture taken with the 2008 Southeast division championship trophy, The COFFEEHOUSE management and ownership is a huge honor', Doug Jones, General Manager of the team said. 'We appreciate their sponsorship and support all season. We consider them a part of our team.' Jones finished.

KISS COFFEEHOUSE, sponsored 'Name that KISS tune' in which contestants were picked during the intermission and challenged to name the KISS tune that was being played. The contest ran for the entire homestand of the Pirates sixteen games played at SportsZone arena in Little River. Winners received a KISS COFFEEHOUSE travel mug and a bag of KISS COFFEE. The manager of the KISS COFFEEHOUSE, Debra, also attended several Pirates games and supported the team in their endeavors. 'No doubt, Debra was a huge help with our inaugural season', Jones continued.

As the team hit the rink for warm-ups, they were accompanied by the recognizable strains of 'I Love it Loud' for each and every home game this past season. Gene Simmons also had the team and it's 2007 – 2008 picture featured on his site under letters to Gene Simmons during the regular season.

The expansion franchise finished the regular season 25 – 5 – 2 good for first place in their division of PIHA (www.thepiha.com) and also eliminated the Raleigh Assault in semi finals and Richmond Robins in the division finals to win their division and be crowned 2008 Southeast Division champions. The Pirates then were eliminated in the East Coast conference finals by the Connecticut Blaze (game one 5 – 4 and game two 3 – 2) who then went on to the league championships with the Arizona Dragons.

Just recently, Debra confirmed the KISS COFFEEHOUSE will be back for a second year as a sponsor with the Pirates professional hockey team. “We are excited and thrilled to have an icon like the KISS COFFEEHOUSE behind us for the 2008 – 2009 season. We hope to repeat the performance of last year and win the whole thing this time”, Jones, added. “If we do, we’ll bring the championship trophy to COFFEEHOUSE for a celebration with everyone!!!”, Jones finished.

Top two favorite KISS COFFEEHOUSE flavors of the 2008 Southeast Division Champion SC Pirates are:

1) Let Me go Rocky Road
2) Blueberry Coffeecake

To learn more about the SC Pirates, you can go to their website at www.scpirateshockey.com or their myspace at http://www.myspace.com/scpirateshockeyclub the Pirates are always looking to add members of the KISS ARMY to their myspace friends!