NEW YORK --
Hasek's Heroes will host the 2011 Willie O'Ree
Skills Weekend March 17-20 in Buffalo, NY. Sponsored by the National Hockey League and the Buffalo Sabres
, this exclusive event will bring together more than 45 boys and girls from youth hockey organizations throughout North America, including those based in Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. Each youngster will represent an affiliate of the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative.
Participants will enhance their skills through USA Hockey and NCAA Division I presentations during the on-ice drills and skills showcase and join an on-ice clinic conducted by NHL alumni. At Canisius College, guest speakers will provide valuable information about safety, goal setting and academic achievement and advice on what it takes to get to the next level. Buffalo mayor Byron Brown
also will address participating youngsters.