International tournament highlights a busy holiday weekend schedule
Elite international sled hockey makes its first appearance on The Rinks at HARBORCENTER this weekend, as the Buffalo Sabres Sled Hockey Organization hosts Team Ontario, the Elmvale Bears (Coldwater, Ontario) and Team Yurga (Moscow) in a battle for the HARBORCENTER Cup.
"We're excited to welcome some of the world's best sled hockey players to the first of our HARBORCENTER Cup tournaments in this discipline," said Nik Fattey, HARBORCENTER's vice president and director of hockey. "As we look forward to hosting the World Sled Hockey Championship beginning April 25, this tournament provides us with a preview of the top level of sled hockey play. We look forward to being a top destination for world-class sled hockey competition in the years ahead."
Local players Adam Page and Paul Schaus will be joined by fellow Team USA paralympian Danny McCoy in leading a Sabres team that also includes past paralympians Brad Emerson, Chris Manns and Mike Blabac. They will compete against players currently on the national rosters of Team Canada and Team Russia: Team Ontario (Anthony Gale, Karl Ludwig, Tyler McGregor), Elmvale Bears (Graeme Murray, Brad Bowden, Adam Dixon) and Team Yurga (Konstantin Shikhov, Nikolay Terentev, Vladimir Litvinenko).
In addition to the Sled HARBORCENTER Cup Tournament, there is a very busy slate of action on The Rinks at HARBORCENTER over Thanksgiving weekend. The Canisius Golden Griffins host the Air Force Falcons in a two game series with matchups Friday (2 p.m.) and Saturday (7:30 p.m.). Public skate returns Friday evening for fans to experience HARBORCENTER prior to the Sabres-Canadiens matchup at First Niagara Center. There also will be a public skate from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Saturday presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. The Junior Sabres Youth Hockey Organization hosts a trio of games, with the 13U team taking on the Southern Tier Admirals (12:45 and 3:45 p.m. Saturday) and the 12U team faces the Rochester Monarchs (11:30 a.m. Sunday).
All youth hockey and HARBORCENTER Cup games are open to the public with free admission.
Additionally, (716) Food and Sport is open daily from 11 until 2 a.m. HARBORCENTER's one-of-a-kind Tim Hortons Café and Bakeshop serves food and beverages each day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.