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Hayden’s Hat Trick Leads Coachella Valley to Second Straight Western Conference Championship

For the second straight season, the Coachella Valley Firebirds have been crowned the Western Conference Champions and will advance to the Calder Cup Finals. The Firebirds defeated the Milwaukee Admirals in game five on Saturday night by the final score of 5-1 to win in the best-of-seven Western Conference Finals four games to one.

John Hayden netted the first postseason hat-trick in Firebirds history while Cale Fleury added three assists to help the Firebirds to victory on Saturday night in Milwaukee. Chris Driedger made 32 saves in the win. Coachella Valley scored four goals in the first and one in the second period. 

Coachella Valley will now await the winner of the Hershey Bears/Cleveland Monsters series. Times and dates for the Calder Cup Finals are to be determined.  

Tickets for the Calder Cup Finals are on sale now at or at the Ticketmaster Box Office at Acrisure Arena. Click HERE for box office hours, watch party and other postseason information. Box office hours subject to change

Don’t forget to purchase parking and save 20% by paying in advance online at ParkWhiz.


The Firebirds team store is stocked with new playoff merchandise! Buy online in advance and skip the lines with priority pick-up options or stop by the team store outside of Acrisure Arena. Hours are listed below:

Sun-Mon: Closed

Tues-Thurs: 11am – 7pm

Fri-Sat: 11am – 8pm

*Game Days: 10am – 2pm*

*Closed on Concert Days*


Looking to enhance your experience for a Firebirds game? Upgrade any ticket for access to The Compound, the newest VIP space at Acrisure Arena offering fans access to a stunning outdoor space featuring private bar, food, exclusive Firebirds merchandise options, covered seating, firepits along with access to a variety of backyard games from putt-putt and pickleball to cornhole and bocce ball and more! Upgrade options are available at the game or by clicking HERE.

Don’t miss a moment of Coachella Valley Firebirds’ hockey! Group tickets are available for all 2024 postseason home games. For more information click HERE or call 760-835-8778.

Get a jump on the 2024-25 Firebirds season with season tickets on sale now! In addition to all Firebirds home games, season ticket members will have access to the 2025 AHL All Star Classic presented by Spotlight 29, along with special events, gifts, and more! Click HEREto learn more about securing your seat for next season!

Stay up to date on the latest Firebirds’ news and info by visiting and by following the team on social media @Firebirds.