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New York State amateur hockey championships begin Friday in Amherst

Amherst's Northtown Center is the venue beginning Friday for the New York State Amateur Hockey Association State Championships.

Teams from across the state will be competing for titles and the opportunity to play in the USA Hockey National Championships, said Eric W. Guzdek, the center's general manager.

"This is the first of three consecutive weekends in March that the Northtown Center and Amherst Youth Hockey (AYH) will host the State Championships," he said. "There will be 148 teams participating over the next three weekends creating a very substantial economic impact to the community.

The Northtown Center had a $15.5 million economic impact on the region last year, according to the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission.

The schedule is as follows:

March 3, 4, 5

Girls Tier II – 14U (8 Teams)
Girls Tier II – 16U (6 Teams)
Girls Tier II – 19U (8 Teams)

Boys Tier III – 14U (8 Teams)
Boys Tier III – 16U (8 Teams)
Boys Tier III – 18U (8 Teams)

March 9, 10, 11, 12

Boys 14U Tier I (8 Teams)
Boys 15U Tier I (4 Teams)
Boys 16U Tier I (8 Teams)
Boys 18U Tier I (8 Teams)

Boys 14U Tier II (8 Teams)
Boys 16U Tier II (8 Teams)
Boys 18U Tier II (8 Teams)

Girls 14U Tier I (6 Teams)
Girls 16U Tier I (5 Teams)
Girls 19U Tier I (4 Teams)

March 17, 18, 19

Boys 12U Tier I (8 Teams)
Boys 12U Tier II (8 Teams)
Boys 12U Tier III (8 Teams)

Girls 12U Tier I (3 Teams)
Girls 12U Tier 2 (8 Teams)

The games times over the next three weekends will be as follows:

March 3 and 4: 7:30 a.m. - 10:05 p.m.
March 5: 8 a.m. - 8:05 p.m.

March 9: 8 a.m. - 10:05 p.m.
March 10: 8 a.m. - 10:55 p.m.
March 11: 8 a.m. - 10:40 p.m.
March 12: 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

March 17: 8 a.m. - 8:55 p.m.
March 18: 7:50 a.m. - 9:40 p.m.
March 19: 8 a.m. - 7:05 p.m.

 

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