14 teams from across the country to compete Nov. 9 to 11 Buffalo, N.Y. - The NHL hockey season may be on hold, but some inspiring athletes are about to take the ice when the Northtown Center at Amherst hosts the NHL Sled Hockey Classic from Nov. 9 to 11. The tournament will feature 14 sled hockey teams sponsored by NHL teams, split into two pools: ? An elite group with 10 teams, including some of the country's best sled hockey players (17 members of the USA Sled Hockey team are spread among teams in this pool). ? A four-team developmental pool, featuring U.S. military veterans from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (sponsored by the Washington Capitals) and the Buffalo VA Medical Center (sponsored by the Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Sabres Alumni and National Fuel). Sled hockey is a fast-paced, hard-hitting sport played by athletes who use a pair of short hockey sticks to handle pucks and propel themselves on special hockey sleds, rather than the skates used in stand-up hockey. The public is invited to attend the NHL Sled Hockey Classic and admission is free. The Northtown Center at Amherst is located at 1615 Amherst Manor Drive in Williamsville, N.Y. and the schedule is as follows:
- Friday, Nov. 9: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 10: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Sunday, Nov. 11: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
###Contacts: Norman Page USA Hockey 716-984-2585 firstname.lastname@example.org Peter Burakowski Visit Buffalo Niagara 716-218-2922 email@example.com