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Buffalo Sabres Annual Street HockeyFest Draws Crowd, Youth to Downtown Buffalo Area

August 25th, 2014 at 5:13 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

The Buffalo Sabres held their annual Street HockeyFest over the weekend.

The fest, in its twelfth year, saw more than 150 teams participate. Each team, comprised of three players and a goalie, were pitted against another team of the same making. The three-on-three street hockey format was played by boys and girls ages 6-18. The eleven age divisions competed for the championship trophies in their respective age bracket.

The various teams came from near and far — Buffalo, Erie, Pa., Rochester, and Southern Ontario all saw youth participate in the annual event on Sunday. The yearly event was born twelve years ago when organizers closed off sections of Chippewa Street to the few teams willing to play. Since the event has grown in size, the natural move to be closer to First Niagara Center was made. Perry Street and adjacent parking lots were used this year to hold the event.

Hundreds of people came to the downtown Buffalo area to witness the hockey action, a reminded that the Buffalo Sabres 2014-2015 season isn't too far away.

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