More than 200 teams competed this weekend in the Buffalo Sabres annual Street HockeyFest, sponsored by HSBC Bank.
For the ninth straight year, teams battled in the three-on-three tournament in downtown Buffalo with a crowd of approximately 4,000 people in attendance. Due to high demand, HockeyFest was spread out over a period of two days for the first time.
Other festivities during the tournament included a blood drive, Sabres merchandise sale and various kids activities. Individual game tickets
for both preseason home games and the first 10 home games of the 2010-11 Buffalo Sabres were also on sale.
The tournament has seen a massive growth since its inception in 2001. With only 32 teams competing that year, Street HockeyFest has expanded to include nearly 1,000 children ranging from 5 years old to 17 years old.
The competition, featuring six divisions broken down by age groups, ranged from Microns to Midgets as well as two girls divisions.
Below is a listing of each division and the champions:
|Microns – Clarence Puck Hogs: Travis Unocic, Nocholas Monile, Alex Monile, Nick Yemma, Connor Rice [RUNNER UP: FIRE ROCKETS] |
Mites – Hawks: Nathaniel Styles, Declan McDonnell, Connor Lupkin, Kyle Gonsiorek, Lucas Bell [RUNNER UP: USA]
Squirts – Fire And Ice: Ethan Louisos, Noah Machlowski, Nick Wilkowski, Zachary Kaczmarek, Mitchell Stein [RUNNER UP: AUTOMATED DESTROYERS]
PeeWee – Clarence Crossbones: Matt Tobias, Alex Cammarre, Jeff Rymarzck, Mike Millitello, Matt Santora [RUNNER UP: BLOODY HOCKEY INC.]
Bantam – Bisons: Garrett Brzozowiec, Zacarey Herrmann, Cole Brooks, Danny Chowaniec, Nick Passaflume [RUNNER UP: THE WHITE CHOCOLATES]
Midgets – Team Bundy: Peter Zenger, Dan Mele, Dave Seward, Dylan Blujus [RUNNER UP: RHINESTONE COWBOYS]
Girls 15&U – Wild Flowers: Bernadette O'Connell, Stephanine Pickard, Alexa Ditonto, Mikaela Ditonto, Caludia Koenig
Girls 13&U – Buffalo Bisons: Abby Welch, Abby Cleary, Bridgette Prentiss, Riley Johnson, Bailey Lewczyk
No player walked away empty handed, as each received a HockeyFest t-shirt and hat for simply competing in the event.
A separate Legends Division has also been added for men and women ages 18 and up, scheduled for Sep. 18, to coincide with the team’s PuckDrop festivities. Click here
for more information on the Buffalo Sabres Adult Street HockeyFest.
2010 BUFFALO SABRES STREET HOCKEYFEST