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Matt English – Duffett Award Winner

Each year the Buffalo Sabres present an award to an outstanding youth hockey coach. This year’s recipient, Matt English, received this very prestigious honor prior to the NY Ranger game on February 20th. Matt is a long time West Seneca Wing coach and former coach of the Niagara Scenics, the predecessor to the Junior Sabres. […]

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Ian Usiak – THE GOAL!

Throughout the history of hockey players of all ages have had dreams of scoring a goal in the most unimaginable way ever. Back in 1996, during the NCAA Hockey Tournament, Mike Legg of the University of Michigan scored a goal lacrosse style (carrying the puck on the blade of the stick and then firing it […]

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Around the Associations: Tournament Edition Pt. 1

Submitted by local hockey associations, edited by Michael Mroziak As we head into April, many local associations were capping off successful seasons with championship victories in their leagues or at the state level. As you’ll read below, some were already packing their bags for earned trips to the USA Hockey Youth Nationals, including the Amherst, […]

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Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex to Host NYSAHA Championships this Weekend

Approximately 1,000 ice hockey players and family members will come together this weekend for the New York State Amateur Hockey Association State Championship Tournament this weekend. The annual championship event is taking place at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex and runs March 13th through the 15th. In total 27 youth hockey teams will compete, of which […]

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Women’s Hockey

By Janet Schultz In the fifth season of the Western New York Girl’s Varsity Ice Hockey Federation, Kenmore has taken their fourth Section VI title, played for the New York State Championship for the third time and at the time of this article being written facing off against Monsignor Martin for the League championship. (The […]

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SKATE AHEAD

BY RANDY SCHULTZ Jared Byer has been working in the health and fitness field for the past 22 years. During that time he has created a company called Skate Ahead of Western New York. In early February he opened up a Skate Ahead franchise on the second floor of the new Cornerstone Ice Arena in […]

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Section V

By Warren Kozireski McQuaid (Class A), Greece Thunder (Class BB) and Geneseo/Livonia/Dansville (Class B) were the top seeds heading into the Section V playoff that begin Feb. 18 with all three class finals on Mar. 1 at RIT’s Ritter Arena. McQuaid finished the regular season with a 17-2 record and were led by the league’s […]

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Section VI: Hockey Rising in the Falls

By Michael Mroziak Think of successful high school hockey in Niagara County, and the first name that may come to mind is Niagara-Wheatfield. The three-time Section VI champion Falcons were still very much in the hunt at press time for a fourth-straight title, seeded first among Large Schools by Section VI on the eve of […]

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Rochester Youth Hockey

RYH Peewee Major Team Wins Pittsburgh Midwinter Classic The Rochester Youth Hockey Peewee Major AA Blue team, coached by Brock Alexander, Mark Cuzzupoli, Mike Latone and Jeff Cowie, had great success at the Pittsburgh Midwinter Classic. The tournament, which took place January 17-19, had the RYH team matched up against teams from Maryland (Howard Huskies), […]

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Dillon Hayes- An Emotional Day

BY RANDY SCHULTZ Lockport Express coach Frank Vecchio says that he has seen a lot in his 30-plus years of being involved in hockey. But he will be the first one to admit that what he witnessed during an Express game in late January topped it all. Imagine that a young hockey player loses his father […]

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