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
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