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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres Street HockeyFest, sponsored by Dick's Sporting Goods, saw more than 170 teams compete Aug. 17 on the streets surrounding HSBC Arena.

Photo Gallery: 2008 HockeyFest
Photo Gallery:  Division Winners

For the sixth straight year, teams battled in the full-day tournament in downtown Buffalo with a crowd of approximately 4,000 people in attendance. Opening games of the tournament began at 9 a.m. with championship games ending at 6 p.m.

The tournament has seen a massive growth since its inception in 2001. That year, only 32 teams competed.

The demand for the tournament has become so high, that a separate Legends Division street hockeyfest has been scheduled for Sep. 20, open to men and women ages 18 and up. Click here for more information on the Buffalo Sabres Adult Street HockeyFest.

The competition Sunday, featuring five divisions broken down by age groups, ranged from Mites to Midgets.

Below is a listing of each division and the champions:

Mites - Blades: Luke Kenyon, Noah Corry, Isiah Corry, Owen Green, Brandon Snyder

Young Guns: Matthew Barnaby, Alex DiCarlo, Nick Piccirillo, Mike Steffan, Chris Berger

PeeWee - Jr. Purple Eagles: Zachary Grace, Anthony Veatch, Anthony Tirabassi, Mathew Paonessa, Josh Slowinski

Bantam - Chiefs: Brian Gasiuk, Justin Nelson, Josh Dempsey, Quinn Danahy, Joe Miller

Midgets- Incredibles: Jordan Day, Christian Reinelt, Casey Vanderheide, Cody Curts, Brandon Vanderheide

No player walked away empty handed, as each received a HockeyFest t-shirt and hat for simply competing in the event.
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