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Western New York Hockey Showcase between Section VI and Section V teams set

Western New York Hockey Showcase between Section VI and Section V teams set

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Starpoint hockey player Justin Bull skates with the puck against WIlliamsville East at the Northtown Center in March.

Covid-19 may have won last year’s go around with the Western New York High School Hockey Showcase, but organizers announced the tournament will be back, pitting the top Section VI teams against the top Section V teams in a pair of nonleague matchups.

The tournament is scheduled for Dec. 3-4 across ice arenas in the Buffalo and Rochester area. Participants from Section VI are reigning Division II champion Kenmore West, runner-up Starpoint, Hamburg, Williamsville East, Williamsville South, Lewiston-Porter, West Seneca East and West Seneca West.

The purpose is to give the top small schools in Section VI and top large and small schools from Section V a chance to play two quality nonleague games during the season.

The highlight could be back-to-back games at West Seneca Town Rink on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. featuring both West Seneca schools (West and East).

Ken West coach Rob Roszak is a tourney co-founder.

“He put the wheels in motion before last season,” West Seneca West coach Kevin Rozo said. “We thought for a long time Section V and Section VI are the two deepest hockey sections in the state. We all get four non-league games during the season so why not play two against teams in your backyard.”


Girls event

The first Western New York High School Girls Showcase is also being arranged for this season by a separate organization at Cornerstone Arena in Lockport for Dec. 11 and 12.

Kenmore/Grand Island and Niagara County will host the Section I East team from the southern portion of the Hudson Valley and a team to be determined. Games are scheduled for 2 and 4 each day. 

A clinic for young girls is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. on Dec. 11.

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A University of Rochester graduate and former ice hockey goaltender, I cover high school sports. During my News tenure, I have also covered boxing, UFC, the Bills, college sports and all levels of hockey.

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