This is the press release from USA Hockey as they held their 3rd annual USA Hockey Sled Classic, presented by The NHL and hosted by Buffalo Sabers to coincide with the 2nd annual Come Play Hockey activities which are held each November throughout the country.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The third annual USA Hockey Sled Classic, presented by the National Hockey League and hosted by the Buffalo Sabres, was held last weekend at the Northtown Center at Amherst in Williamsville, N.Y. The event, part of USA Hockey and the NHL's Come Play Hockey Month, featured a record 14 teams, all affailiated with an NHL club.
The weekend culminated with Sunday's (Nov. 11) championship games. In the 'A' Division, the Dallas Stars took home the title by beating the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, while the Washington Capitals defeated the Carolina Hurricanes by a 6-0 count to earn the 'B' Division crown.
Other NHL clubs that sponsored teams included the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, and Tampa Bay Lightning. Each sled hockey team represented its affiliated NHL club by wearing official NHL licensed jerseys with local club marks and logos.
For full tournament results and statistics, click here.
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 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 … For more information on the sport of sled hockey and to view a list of sled hockey teams in the U.S., click here.