The 2017-18 tournament season at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex kicks off this weekend as Legacy Global Sports hosts its ROC City Preseason event. The ice hockey tournament takes place at the Iceplex from September 8th through the 10th.
This year’s tournament season is slated to be the busiest in the history of the Iceplex, which opened in 1998, with over 25 tournaments taking place. The Iceplex’s geographical proximity to the Northeast United States and Canada, the Rochester communities large number of hotels, restaurants and activities, and the world class amenities at the Iceplex make it a top destination for large scale ice hockey tournaments.
This weekend’s event, which is run by Portsmouth, New Hampshire based Legacy Global Sports, consists of 24 participating teams, which equates to over 1,500 athletes and visiting guests. Based on the National Association of Sports Commissions Economic Impact Assumptions, this event will have an economic impact on the local community in the range of $220,000 and $320,000.
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The Rochester Knighthawks, through a partnership with the US Box Lacrosse Association (USBOXLA), will host their inaugural Upstate Box Lacrosse Invitational at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex from Saturday, Aug. 12 to Sunday, Aug. 13.
“I am extremely excited to host our first tournament,” said Knighthawks Academy Director and Knighthawks defenseman Brad Gillies. “We have teams from both the US and Canada which should make for new competition for all teams. “The Jr. Knighthawks have been working really hard over the past four weeks, so it will be fun to get them in some game situations and playing against other kids.”
Jr. Knighthawks teams will compete in the PeeWee (5th and 6th grade), Bantam (7/8 grade) and Midget (9/10 grade) divisions. The teams will be coached by Knighthawks players Luke Laszkiewicz and Gillies.
Over a dozen teams will play in the two-day USBOXLA sanctioned event, including the Nepean Knights (Ontario), Allegany Arrows, Akwesasne Storm, Seneca Elite and the Tech Valley Attack. Local clubs also participating in the tournament are the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Blaze Lacrosse. Click here to access the complete tournament schedule.
The Upstate Box Lacrosse Invitational will serve as a primer for the fifth annual Jr. NLL Tournament. The weekend-long competition will take place from Friday, Aug. 25 to Sunday, Aug. 27 at the Toronto Rock Athletic Center and Glen Abbey Community Center in Oakville, Ontario.
Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex is breaking ground at 3 p.m. at its facility at 2700 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road on the final phase of a multi-year expansion project.
The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council award for the expansion features a new Lattimore Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation location and a state of the art Fitness Center.
Bill Grays Regional Iceplex attracts more than 1.6 million visitors annually, making it one of the single largest venues in the Finger Lakes region by attendance. A Camoin & Associates 2015 study shows out of town visitors participating in large scale tournaments held at the facility generate 18.4 million dollars in spending at local businesses.
General Manager Christopher Woodworth says, “This is a win for the region. We can now attract more ice hockey teams and tournaments, recapturing a large share of the market that has moved to other venues throughout the Northeast and Canada.”
Monroe County Executive, Cheryl Dinolfo adds, “The Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex is a staple tourist destination offering high-end food, retail and fitness options for Monroe County residents and out of town visitors. In addition to creating hundreds of jobs, this expansion will greatly boost tourism spending at surrounding hotels, restaurants and other local tourist attractions.”
John Shuman, Owner of Lattimore Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation says, “Lattimore Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation is excited to offer a one of a kind fitness center and the opening of our 22nd physical therapy location. The new addition to the Bill Grays Iceplex at MCC will serve the busy schedules of local families and the many out of town visitors who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle while they are at the facility for long stays.”
Locker Room Sports announced plans today to host its annual Back to Hockey Sale and Expo on the event floor inside Lattimore Arena at Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex.
The event is open to the public, and runs on the following days and times:
The annual event is highly popular among the many hockey players in the Rochester area, which features a wide range of hockey specific products, along with special appearances from high-level hockey players from the Rochester area.
This year's event will feature new product releases from top manufacturers, deep discounted pricing on discontinued products, special prices on salesperson's samples, on-site company sales representatives, along with many giveaways.
For more information on this event, visit www.lockerroomrochester.com.
ST. JOHN FISHER MEN’S HOCKEY PROGRAM NAME’S BILL GRAY’S REGIONAL ICEPLEX HOME STARTING IN 2017-18 SEASON
St. John Fisher College announced plans today to make Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex the home arena for the Cardinals Men’s Hockey program.
The team will call the Iceplex home in the 2017-18 season, conducting all practices and games at the 170,000 square foot sports facility located in Brighton N.Y.
“We’re extremely excited to call Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex our home,” said St. John Fisher College Head Coach Randy Smallridge. “The job done by the management team to renovate the arena has been remarkable, and we hope to call the Iceplex home for many years to come”.
St. John Fisher’s hockey program were the National Collegiate Hockey Association Champions in 2015, and two-time Upstate New York College Hockey League Western Conference Champions in prior years. Starting in the 2017-18 season, they will compete in the American Collegiate Hockey Association league.
For more information on the St. John Fisher Athletics, visit www.athletics.sjfc.edu.
County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo today joined Don Jeffries, President of Visit Rochester, Olympic Fencer Iris Zimmermann and representatives from the Monroe County Sports Commission to announce a Monroe County Girls Sports Festival. The Festival is a half-day athletic event in which young women ages 6-12 have the opportunity to try a variety of traditional, as well as up-and-coming, non-traditional sports.
“The Monroe County Girls Sports Festival is a great opportunity for young women to showcase their athletic ability, be active, learn about leadership and teamwork, and take on new challenges and we are thrilled to announce that the this new event will be held this summer,” said Dinolfo. “The festival supports young women in their pursuit of new experiences and new opportunities and builds on our record of improving quality of life for all residents of Monroe County.”
Monroe County will host the Festival in conjunction with Visit Rochester and the Monroe County Sports Commission. Festival participants will be able to choose four different sports to explore. Local teams and organizations will manage each of the sports and participants are welcome to select any four available sports, but are also encouraged to try a sport they have never experienced before.
“Sports and recreation events attract thousands of visiting athletes and fans to Rochester and Monroe County each year,” said Jeffries. “We are excited to be a part of the Girls Sports Festival, an event that will help support and strengthen our local youth sporting community. Our local sports clubs and athletic organizations play an integral role in organizing and hosting events for out-of-town athletes throughout the year.”
In addition to traditional sports like volleyball, gymnastics and field hockey, participants will also have the opportunity to try non-traditional sports like disc golf, ultimate frisbee, sport stacking, Quidditch and fencing.
“Although we have come a long way since the days before Title IX, there are still continued stereotypes about what sports are feminine or masculine,” said Zimmermann, Olympian and Co-Owner of the Rochester Fencing Club. “Sports Festivals that are specific to girls can show a young girl that her world is filled with choices and opportunities and not stereotypes or closed doors. Strength, power, drive, and the willingness to work hard doesn't belong to any gender.”
The Festival will be held on Saturday, August 5th from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex. Outdoor sports will be held adjacent to the Iceplex on the athletic fields at Monroe Community College (MCC). Registration costs $20 and participants receive healthy snacks and refreshments, a Festival t-shirt and a souvenir bag from the participating clubs.
Participants must register in advance. For registration details and a full list of sports, visit www.monroecountysports.org/girlssportsfestival
Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex announced today plans to host their annual summer hockey camp for Initiation and Pony hockey players (birth years of 2009 through 2001).
This year's camp takes runs from August 14th through August 17th (Monday through Thursday) with a full day camp structure. The format of the camp features on ice skill development, off ice skill development, off ice activities geared towards team building, and loads of fun.
The fee per camper is $350.00, with a group discounted rate of $315.00 being offered for groups of six or more that sign up together.
For more information on the camp, visit the camp page by clicking HERE, or by contacting Camp Director Tyler Fess at email@example.com.
Nazareth will add women’s hockey to its list of intercollegiate athletic offerings with competition at the NCAA Division III level slated to begin with the 2018-19 season.
Nazareth’s newest team will play its home games at the Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex on the Monroe Community College Campus, about a six-mile drive from the Nazareth campus. Nazareth’s men’s team, which recently completed its fifth season of intercollegiate play, also practices and plays its home games there.
The school’s athletic director, Pete Bothner, also said that the athletic department is moving forward with a nationwide search for a head coach that will be appointed soon.
The Golden Flyers will compete in the newly formed United Collegiate Hockey Conference with nine other schools: Chatham, Elmira, King’s, Lebanon Valley, Manhattanville, Neumann, Stevenson, Utica and William Smith.
“The addition of men’s hockey five years ago really enhanced the variety of our athletic offerings,” Bothner said in a statement. “Now we’re equally pleased to be able to offer women’s hockey. Our hope is that women’s hockey will draw interest from a diverse group of student-athletes from various areas of the country.”
For more information on Nazareth College's athletic programs, visit www.nazathletics.com.
ROCHESTER, NY - Communities across the country have shown their local pride and love of hockey, and now ten of them are one step closer to being awarded the title of Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2017.
The Kraft Heinz search for America’s most passionate hockey community – in partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL®), National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), NBC Sports Group and USA Hockey–led to almost 1,300 local rink nominations across the United States, accounting for nearly 73 percent of rinks nationwide, according to USA Hockey data. The nominations now narrowed down to ten finalists, with the Rochester community and Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex advancing to the top ten.
Each of the ten finalists will be awarded funds for arena upgrades from Kraft Heinz, and the grand prize winner will be awarded $150,000 and the opportunity to host an NHL® Pre-Season game televised live on NBCSN.
“It is an honor that our community has been recognized as one of the top ten hockey communities in the U.S., with the Iceplex being the epicenter of hockey,” said Chris Woodworth, General Manager of Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex.
“Rochester has a long and prestigious hockey history that includes the storied Rochester American’s, a laundry list of professional players, including Brian Gionta, Stephen Gionta, Ryan Callahan, and Shane Prince, as well as our many collegiate, high school and youth hockey organizations that have deep roots in our community.”
The first of three rounds of voting to determine the Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2017 winner will begin on April 11th. You can vote online at www.krafthockeyville.com., via text and via Twitter.
The voting schedule is as follows:
Round 1 (April 11-13) – Top four communities chosen to move on to the next round; remaining six each receive $10,000 toward arena upgrades.
Round 2 (April 18-19) – Top two finalists selected; remaining two each receive $25,000 toward arena upgrades.
Round 3 (April 24-25) – One community will emerge as “Kraft Hockeyville™ USA” 2017; runner-up will receive $75,000 toward arena upgrades.
“Other communities will rally to win this coveted honor, and we need everyone’s help doing the same, through maximizing their votes, and by spreading the word. This is our opportunity to tell the hockey world something that we already know-that Rochester N.Y. is the most passionate hockey community in the United States”, said Woodworth.
The winning community will be announced on April 29 and will receive the grand prize of $150,000 and the opportunity to host an NHL® Pre-Season Game broadcast on NBCSN.
How to Vote for Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex
There are three ways to cast votes, some with the ability to vote up to 50 times per day. Official voting details will be announced the afternoon of Monday, April 10th, with Round 1 voting runs from midnight on Tuesday (April 11th) until 11:59pm on Thursday (April 13th).
To find out how to vote for Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex, or to learn more about Kraft Hockeyville, visit www.billgraysiceplex.com/hockeyville.
About Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex
Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex is a 170,000 square foot, multi-sport facility located on the campus of Monroe Community College. It is home to 4 NHL-sized ice rinks, a Bill Gray’s Restaurant and Tap Room, Abbott's Frozen Custard, Coffee Etc. Gourmet Coffee Shop, Iceplex Concessions, Locker Room Sports Retail Hockey Store, Legacy Global Sports Tournament Events, Parisi Speed School, NewEdge Hockey Training Company, and the Stone Skating School. It is also the training facility for the Rochester Americans, and home to Nazareth NCAA Men's Ice Hockey, Rochester Coalition Hockey, Rochester Youth Hockey, Rochester Rebels Junior Hockey, Rochester Red Wings Youth Hockey, Selects Hockey Academy for Girls at Bishop Kearney, Spencerport High School Hockey, ROC City Roller Derby, Rochester Ice Cats Hockey, Iceplex Adult Hockey League, Iceplex Broomball League, and numerous other organizations.
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