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U18 hockey to start Thursday at Northtown

Forty boys Tier II hockey teams, their families and followers will descend on Amherst Northtown Center Thursday for the start of the USA Hockey 18U National Championship.

The first games in pool play will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Twenty more games of pool play will be on Friday and Saturday before the start of elimination play on Sunday. The tournament will conclude with the national championship game on Monday. Teams from as far away as Anchorage, Alaska, California and Arizona are entered. State champion Center State and runner-up GNY Stars will represent New York in the national tournament.