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by Kevin Snow / Buffalo Sabres

The third annual USA Hockey Sled Classic, presented by the National Hockey League and hosted by the Buffalo Sabres, got underway this morning at the Northtown Center at Amherst in Williamsville, N.Y. The action runs through Sunday when the semifinal and championship games will take place.

Pool A: Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Colorado, New York Rangers
Pool B: Dallas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa Bay

Buffalo, Buffalo (Vets), Carolina, Washington

Each of the 14 competing teams are affiliated with NHL clubs – Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals.

Below are the basic parameters of the weekend:
Sled hockey teams participating in the tournament must have an official affiliation with a NHL member club, and will represent NHL club by wearing official NHL licensed jersey with local Club marks and logos.
Roster limit for each team is eighteen (18) players. Three (3) able-bodied players will be allowed per team.
No able-bodied player will be allowed to fill the Goalkeeper position.
Games will begin Friday morning (Nov. 9) and conclude on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 11).
A round robin format will be played Fri. and Sat.; the semi-finals and championship games to be played on Sun.
*All USA Hockey National Championship rules apply.

The event is part of November's Come Play Hockey Month, a joint effort of USA Hockey and the NHL.

NOTES: The Colorado Avalanche hosted the inaugural USA Hockey Sled Classic in 2010. The Colorado Avalanche Sled Hockey Team won the four-team tournament … In 2011, the Philadelphia Flyers held the event in Vorhees, N.J., where the Buffalo Sabres Sled Hockey Team took first place among nine teams … Participating teams in the tournament must have an official affiliation with an NHL member club … November is the second annual Come Play Hockey Month.

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