Rochester Knighthawks Join Forces with USBOXLA: Announce Inaugural Upstate Box Lacrosse Invitational Tournament
The Rochester Knighthawks are proud to announce their partnership with the US Box Lacrosse Association (USBOXLA), whose mission is to develop and promote youth box lacrosse in the United States.
“I am extremely excited for this partnership with USBOXLA,” said Knighthawks Academy Director and Knighthawks defenseman Brad Gillies. “I have been following what they have been doing for a while now and their passion to grow the box game is evident. We share the same passion to grow box lacrosse in Upstate New York and the partnership will only help make our future programming that much stronger.”
The Knighthawks are the third National Lacrosse League team to partner with USBOXLA, which currently boasts 12,000 members across the United States.
“With the great support of the Colorado Mammoth, the Vancouver Stealth and now the Rochester Knighthawks, we look forward to building future professional players with these highly-regarded NLL clubs,” said USBOXLA Co-Founder Shaydon Santos. “For youth players in Rochester looking to become better in box or even field, I strongly suggest joining the Jr. Knighthawks. They already have elite-level instructors teaching the indoor game properly, and I strongly believe this new partnership will allow them to grow the box game even more than they already have.”
The Knighthawks coaching staff includes current players Dan Lomas, Joel Matthews, Luke Laszkiewicz and Gillies. With strong support from the players and management, the Knighthawks will host their inaugural Upstate Box Lacrosse Invitational at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex from Saturday, August 12 to Sunday, August 13.
The USBOXLA sanctioned event will serve as a primer for the Jr. NLL Tournament. Kids in the Pee Wee (5th and 6th grade), Bantam (7/8 grade) and Midget (9/10 grade) divisions will compete for the championship. Teams can register by clicking here.
For Santos, partnering with the Knighthawks has taken his lacrosse career full circle. Santos, who played for 12 NLL seasons, began his pro box career in Rochester.
“I played my first year in the NLL with the Rochester Knighthawks in 1997 and won a championship there with an amazing group of players,” he said. “I have nothing but fond memories of that world-class organization. I could not be more excited to have USBOXLA partner with the organization 20 years later to help develop a new generation of American box lacrosse player.”
For more information about the Rochester Knighthawks, visit their website at www.knighthawks.com.
Cool As Ice
Patrick Carr 3v3 Tournament and Skate-a-thon
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Tournament is $175 per team, $25 for free agent, and $10 for the Skate-a-thon
Includes 4/ 15 minute cross ice games in 4 age divisions
8U-Bantam fun-filled 3v3 Tournament
Championship games in each division
7 Member Teams
Event T-Shirt for participants
Skate-a-thon after the tournament, followed by a pizza party
All skaters are asked to collect donations/sponsors prior to the event
Downloadable Donation Forms and Information
Want to make an online donation? Please visit here.
Information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Deb Carr 585.734.7130
Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex has opened registration for it's core Spring & Summer programming. Many new leagues are being offered, including a youth and adult ball hockey league. More program, league, camps and event information will be posted in the coming days also.
This is the entry level program for anyone looking to play ice hockey, figure skate, or who simply has a desire to master the skills of ice skating for recreational purposes. It is designed for the beginner of all ages and run by our professionally trained ice hockey and figure skating instructional staff. Rental skates are provided at no cost if needed and each class is broken up by age and skill levels, creating a safe and enjoyable skating experience for all participants.
Tots is a Learn to Skate Program designed for children 3 to 5 years of age. A great way to keep young children active during week, especially during the winter months. Learning through fun and games, tots are taught the proper way to fall and get up, skate forward and backward, and glide and stop; preparing them for more advanced skating skills.
Hockey 101 is Step #1 of the Iceplex Learn to Play Hockey programs. This program is designed with an emphasis on having fun, creating the positive atmosphere crucial for children to achieve the comfort levels needed to learn. This FREE program also provides complimentary loaner equipment, so kids can try the sport with no upfront investment!
The Initiation and Pony Programs are Step #2 and #3 of our Learn to Play Hockey programs. The spring and summer sessions for this program are more laid back than "in-season" programs, which allow participants to continue their hockey development in a an environment geared towards having fun.
As an introduction to the sport of figure skating, participants will build upon the fundamental skills learned in the Skating 101 program. Beginners will be taught the basic elements of foot work, spinning and jumping. Our world class instructional staff will create a learning environment that is both positive and motivational, giving all students an opportunity to thrive in the sport while having fun doing so.
As a next step for figure skaters that have successfully completed the Figure Skating 201 program, this program takes participants with a desire to move into higher levels of skating (test sessions, show skating and competitions).
Youth ball hockey league - spring season
The Iceplex Ball Hockey League is played during the spring and summer months in the feature arena of Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex (when the ice is out for the off-season). Spring and summer seasons are offered, both of which consist of six games plus a playoff/championship. The league is offering playing divisions for all levels from Squirt and higher. Free agent registration is also available for players that want to play, but have no team.
adult ball hockey league - spring season
The Iceplex Adult Ball Hockey League is back... now offering a spring and summer season! Games are played cross-ice on the feature arena floor, with a 'party zone' set-up in the neutral zone. We offer both a recreational division and a competitive division, so players of all skill levels can play the game.
The Never Ever League is for the adult who has never ever played hockey before. It combines off ice instruction with on ice skills sessions (80%), and instructional game time (20%). The program is co-ed, non-checking, for people over 18 years of age and is set in an insanely positive, judgment free atmosphere. No ice skating or hockey experience is required in order to participate. It is insanely popular and has successfully taught over 600 adults how to play hockey since it's inception!
iceplex adult hockey league - summer season
The rodeo comes to town on the week of May 7th! The IAHL is offering a 12 game season (13 game guarantee) which runs from early May through August. Multiple league nights are being offered, for players of multiple skill levels. All teams receive a complimentary pizza after each game, and those who register before 3/1/17 receive a free gift!
(Rochester, NY) – Members of the Rochester hockey community will gather at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex on Wednesday, March 1 at 6:00 p.m. for Hockey Night in Rochester with Kevin Oklobzija, presented by Rich Spencer at Morgan Stanley and LEGACY Global Sports.
The night will be a celebration of the career of Oklobzija, who will be inducted in the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017 on Friday, March 3 prior to the Amerks game against the St. John’s IceCaps. Oklobzija will be joined by others from the local hockey community, including fellow Amerks Hall of Famers Jody Gage and Don Stevens, RIT men’s hockey head coach Wayne Wilson, as well as former colleagues Steve Bradley and Leo Roth for a night of storytelling and camaraderie.
Individual tickets for the event are available for $100 per person or $750 for groups of 10 or more and include a complimentary bar from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by a three-course dinner with dessert. The Amerks will also donate a pair of tickets to their game on Wednesday, April 12 against the Binghamton Senators for every ticket sold.
Patrons will also have the opportunity to win a variety of other prizes, including tickets, autographed merchandise and other exciting experiences while having exclusive access to Oklobzija and other local hockey celebrities in attendance. All the proceeds raised will benefit the Sports4Life Foundation.
Tickets for the event can be purchased by clicking here or contacting Julie Knerr directly at 315-380-3607 or email@example.com.
Oklobzija provided first-rate coverage of the Amerks and hockey in Rochester spanned more than four decades during his 31-plus years with the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Media Group. Since taking on the Amerks beat prior to the 1985-86 season, the Minnesota native has had the privilege of covering two Calder Cup championships (1987 and 1996) and 23 of the team’s 44 playoff appearances, including five other trips to the Calder Cup Finals. Additionally, Oklobzija has witnessed and covered four ownership changes, eight Division Championships, two regular season point championships, the continuation of hockey’s longest standing relationship between an NHL club and its AHL affiliate following the long-awaited reunion of the Amerks and Buffalo Sabres in the summer of 2011 and has worked with 10 different Amerks head coaches during his tenure. Adding to his list of professional hockey coverage includes four of the five most recent Winter Olympiads (Nagano, Japan in 1998; Salt Lake City, Utah in 2002; Torino, Italy in 2006; Sochi, Russia in 2014) for the USA Today Sports Group.
The Learn to Skate Program at Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex will be hosting a free open house event for community members of the Greater Rochester Area. The open house will take place Saturday, February 26th, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.
All community members are welcome, and free skating instruction will be provided by the Iceplex skating instructors. Complimentary rental skates will be provided to those who do not own their own skates.
All attendees will also be provided a free pass to a future public skating session at the Iceplex.
“We are very pleased to be offering this free event to the members of our community,” said Nicole Owens, Skating Director at the Iceplex. “Ice skating is a great activity that promotes healthy lifestyles, so our goal is to introduce more people to it through events such as this.”
For more information or to pre-register a participant, or group of participants, visit www.billgraysiceplex.com/open-house.html.
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