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A former youth hockey player has filed the first Child Victims Act lawsuit against USA Hockey, alleging it negligently allowed a Depew youth hockey coach to molest him for seven years. Douglas Nail was a youth hockey coach with the Saints Youth Hockey organization when he was arrested in 2004, accused of possessing more than 600 images of child pornography. After pleadi…

Construction and Growth

A long-debated plan to build a new ice rink in the Town of Tonawanda has expanded to include a sports field house and a splash pad at two of the town's parks. The proposal to replace the town's aging ice arenas has drawn considerable criticism. But Town Board members say the revised plan would benefit a wider range of recreational users and should gain broader support b…

Cheektowaga

A 23-year-old assistant coach and a player from the Cheektowaga Warriors 18-and-under youth hockey team have been suspended for a year by USA Hockey in connection with an incident in which a 17-year-old black player was targeted with racist taunts. The player and assistant coach will also be placed on a year of probation after their suspensions expire, according to a pa…

The Cheektowaga Warriors came from behind on third-period goals by Christopher Heitzhaus and Jaden Riley, then won the shootout on goals by Riley and Bryson Miller on Monday to defeat the Highland Park (Ill.) Falcons, 5-4, and capture the USA Hockey Tier II 16U national championship in Plano, Texas. Riley, a junior at Canisius High, had two goals in the victory. His fir…

Bryson Miller scored the winning goal, shorthanded, at 10:26 of the third period to advance Cheektowaga Hockey to the semifinals of the USA Hockey Tier II 16U tournament in Plano, Texas with a 2-1 win over Sylvania North (Ohio). Justin Hughes scored the other Cheektowaga goal on the power play in the second period. Earlier Sunday, Cheektowaga edged XTREME (Va.), 5-4, on…