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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Hockey fans across Western New York will have the opportunity to participate in several local events to celebrate the fourth annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by Reebok. The festivities begin this Friday, February 18, and run through Sunday, February 20.

As part of Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey day on Friday (Feb. 18), the Buffalo Sabres and USA Hockey are encouraging fans of all ages to wear their favorite hockey jerseys to school, work and that night’s Sabres home game against the St. Louis Blues (7:30 p.m.). Fans can then submit photos of themselves, their friends and colleagues donning their favorite hockey jersey to USA Hockey's Facebook page.

The Sabres are offering a special Hockey Weekend Across America discount for Friday’s game. Fans can save $20 on 300 Level II tickets (reg. $60) when they use the password “USA Hockey” at time of purchase online at or

On Saturday (Feb. 19), more than 200 rinks across the nation will host Try Hockey for Free Clinics, exposing over 4,000 young kids to hockey for the first time in honor of Bring a Friend to the Rink Day. Kids can participate locally at the following three rinks: Jamestown Savings Bank Arena (7-8:30 a.m.); Village Sports in Fairport, NY, from 9-11 a.m.; and the Northtowns Center in Amherst (1-2:50 p.m.).

On Sunday (Feb. 20), the Sabres will host the Washington Capitals in a special 12:30 p.m. puckdrop at HSBC Arena that will be televised on NBC. The first 10,000 fans attending the game will receive a pack of Upper Deck hockey cards featuring six Sabres players.

Hockey Weekend Across America was started by USA Hockey in 2008 to provide a framework for the hockey community to celebrate the game at all levels, while also exposing the sport to new audiences. Each of the three days of Hockey Weekend Across America has a theme, including:
  • Friday – Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey, sponsored by
  • Saturday – Bring a Friend to the Rink
  • Sunday – Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes, sponsored by the Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports Program

USA Hockey and Reebok Hockey are also teaming up to provide free head-to-toe equipment packages to three lucky winners with the Hockey Weekend Across America “Get Your Gear On” Sweepstakes. Go to for complete entry details.
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