Hundreds of roller hockey athletes will skate into Rochester, NY the week of April 10, 2019. Rochester has been selected to host the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships, which will bring more than 55 college roller hockey teams to Rochester for 5 days.
The Championships are expected to bring an estimated 1,200 attendees to Rochester, including athletes, fans and coaches. Athletes and their fans will provide a great boost to Rochester hotels and restaurants. The estimated economic impact of the Championships will total more than $1.2 million, according to Destinations International Economic Impact Calculator.
Games will be played at Bill Gray's Iceplex, one of North America's premier large-scale tournament venues, hosting numerous hockey events throughout the calendar year with teams competing from all over North America. The event will be presented by NCRHA presenting sponsor, Mission Hockey.
"Our entire team at Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex is thrilled to be hosting this year's National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association's National Championships", said Chris Woodworth, General Manager of the Iceplex. "Hockey has very deep roots in our community, and we're confident that the entire community will show great support for the organization, but also to the many teams that will be in Rochester competing in this year’s event. Some great hockey will be played over the course of the weekend, with it being unique in that ice will be replaced with a dry-floor, so we urge all local fans of hockey to come out and watch some of the action."
The National Collegiate Roller Hockey National Championships will hold games April 10-14, 2019. Teams will compete by Division. A block schedule for the tournament is available for viewing here.
This is the first time in its history that the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships will be held in Rochester. Locally, Rochester Institute of Technology will be competing in the championship, defending their Division 2 championship title.
“We’re delighted to welcome the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships to the Rochester community,” said Don Jeffries, president & CEO, Visit Rochester. “There is no limit to the types of sporting events and groups that we can host here in Rochester. Events like the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships bring scores of visitors into our community, benefiting the overall impact of the tourism and hospitality industry in Monroe County.”
Event organizers are working closely with the Rochester NY Sports Commission and Visit Rochester to bring this event to Rochester. Visit Rochester’s event services team will provide on-site support and an information booth for this event, connecting attendees with all there is to see and do while in Rochester for the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships.
ABOUT COLLEGIATE ROLLER HOCKEY
Collegiate roller hockey has been in existence since 1994, when several regional organizations, typically run by a few clubs, were participating. From 1995 to 1998, these regional organizations came together under various sanction banners, hosting a College Roller Hockey National Championship.
In 1998, 5 such organizations came together to form the Collegiate Roller Hockey League (CRHL). From 1998 to 2003, the CRHL was the national governing body of collegiate roller hockey, hosting the 1st official national championship tournament in Chicago, IL in April 1999. In 2003, the CRHL announced the formation of the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (NCRHA). To learn more about the NCRHA, visit their website at www.ncrha.org.
ABOUT ROCHESTER NY SPORTS COMMISSION
The Rochester NY Sports Commission is the sports development arm of Visit Rochester, and works to attract athletic events to Monroe County. The Rochester NY Sports Commission works diligently to promote Monroe County through sports highlighting the important impact athletics have on our community’s economic vitality and quality of life. The Rochester NY Sports Commission was recognized by SportsEvents Media Group as a Reader’s Choice award winner in 2018.
ABOUT VISIT ROCHESTER
Visit Rochester is the official tourism promotion agency for Greater Rochester and Monroe County. Visit Rochester is a membership organization with over 400 members representing, lodging, retail, restaurants, services, and community organizations. Working together with our members and partners, our mission is to sell and market Greater Rochester as a preferred destination in order to grow and maximize visitor spending and to enhance the economy. The economic impact of the tourism and hospitality industry in Monroe County is more than $1 Billion, and supports nearly 20,000 jobs.
Over 2,500 ice hockey players and family members have come together this holiday weekend for the Empire State Cup. This annual event, which is put on by MyHockey Tournaments, runs the 19th through the 21st, with Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex acting as the host rink.
In total, 62 youth hockey teams will compete, of which 50 teams have braved the winter storm warnings, and have traveled in from all over North America. The event attracts U.S. teams from NY, NJ, MI, VA, MD, PA, DE, and CA, as well as 11 Canadian teams from the Province of Ontario.
The 50 out of town teams equates to roughly 2,000 out-of-town guests that will reside in local hotels, dine in local restaurants, and shop in local stores over the three-day period.
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 $425,000 and $625,000.
For more information on the event and to view the full game schedule, visit www.myhockeytournaments.com.
Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex announced it's new Zamboni Experience program today, which will host it's inaugural class on February 23rd, from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
The Zamboni has always been incredibly popular in the United States, and is quite possibly more popular than the game of hockey itself. Many people have always dreamed of driving this machine, which lives inside ice rinks all around the world. This new program offers adults 18 year of age and older an opportunity to learn about all things Zamboni, includes a combination of classroom and in-rink instruction, and covers the following;
The program cost is $100.00, and a requires all participants to have a valid U.S. issued drivers license in order to participant. Limited space is available for this program, and full information is available by clicking HERE.
Over 4,500 ice hockey players and family members will come together this weekend for the Bauer Fire on Ice tournament. The annual event, which is put on by Legacy Global Sports, takes place at all of the ice rinks in the Greater Rochester area, with Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex acting as the host rink. The event, which is the largest girls’ hockey tournament in the United States, runs from November 2nd through November 4th and features playing divisions from U-10 to U-19.
In total, 106 hockey teams will compete, with teams travelling in from MA, PA, NJ, CT, NC, CA, OH, VA, CO, FL, TX and NY, as well as 37 teams from Canada.
This year’s event will feature an NCAA D1 Women’s Hockey regular season game between Union College and St. Lawrence University. This game takes place in Lattimore Arena at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex on Saturday (November 3rd) at 7:30pm, with tickets available for $5.00
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 $1,200,000 to $1,400,000.
For full event information, visit www.lgshockey.com/event/fire-on-ice.
About Legacy Global Sports:
Legacy Global Sports engages over 1,000,000 elite youth athletes and their families at over 350 exclusive youth sports events, tournaments and tours across North America and Europe each year. Their world-class marquee events and brand partnerships enhance our brand equity give us the leverage to dominate elite youth sports across all pillars of the LEGACY brand – from events and academies to housing & travel, apparel, education and representation. For more information visit www.legacyglobalsports.com.
Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex is playing host to three major ice hockey events this weekend at the 186,000 square foot multi-use sports facility. In all, over 2,500 athletes and visitors are expected to visit the Iceplex over the course of this weekend.
SuperSeriesAAA Bracket Madness: October 26th – 28th
17 Peewee Minor AAA teams are competing in this annual ice hockey tournament organized by SuperSeriesAAA, which is based out of Livingston, New Jersey. Teams from NY, CT, NJ, MA, PA, CA, NY, and Canada will be participating in this tournament, which runs Friday through Sunday.
For more information, visit www.superseriesaaa.com.
Mite Fright Tournament: October 27th and 28th
This annual hockey event, run by Rochester Youth Hockey, has 23 teams from all over Wester New York competing. Teams are all from the Mite level, meaning players are all 7 and 8 years of age, with games taking place in a cross ice format.
For more information, visit www.ryhockeytournaments.com.
Nazareth Women’s Hockey: October 26th and 27th
Nazareth's newest intercollegiate team -- women's hockey -- makes its debut this weekend with a pair of non-conference home games against Anna Maria College of Massachusetts. Friday's first face-off is at 6 p.m., Saturday's at 2 p.m.
Head Coach Chris Baudo has spent more than a year recruiting players from all over the United States. Nine different states and one foreign country (Sweden) are represented on the 27-player roster. There are 24 freshmen and three sophomores.
"The plan is to be consistent every day in what we do and to be better every day," said Baudo, who previously coached at The Gunnery prep school in Connecticut. "We haven't talked about wins and losses, but the cool thing is that we are what we are right now, but we're not what we're going to be."
As competitors in the 10-team UCHC, Nazareth will play a 25-game schedule with 13 home games. The Golden Flyers' first taste of college hockey came last Saturday when they traveled to Morrisville for an exhibition game. Though they lost 4-1, Baudo and his troops were encouraged by the team's resilience. Three of the four goals that were allowed came in the closing minute of each period, including an empty-net tally with 30 seconds left in the third.
"I think we gained come confidence in knowing that we can compete right away," said Baudo. "We know that it's going to take a consistent work ethic and playing hard and fast all the time."
Even though the Golden Flyers have yet to play an official game, they were picked to place eighth in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference for 2018-19.
"We're chomping at the bit," said Baudo. "I think the kids have been blown away by the support of the school and they're anxious to get started."
For more information, visit www.nazathletics.com.
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