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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The Iceplex Broomball League (The IBL) announced plans today to host four free open house events, providing local residents an opportunity to learn the skills and rules of broomball at no cost.
The events take place at Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex, which is located on the campus of Monroe Community College.
Event dates and times are as follows:
April 1st: 10:30am to 11:30am
April 1st: 2:45pm to 3:45pm
April 8th: 10:30am to 11:30am
April 8th: 2:45pm to 3:45pm
These open house events are for coed adults (18+) and equipment is provided. Participants are encouraged to pre-register on the Iceplex website, to dress warm and to bring a helmet (hockey, lacrosse, bicycle, etc.) as limited helmets will be available.
Broomball is a cross between ice hockey and soccer, is played on ice (with shoes) and requires no experience to get started. Players use a broom shaped stick, and instead of a hockey puck, the game is played with a large ball.
For more information on the sport of broomball, on these open house events, or to pre-register yourself or a group to attend, visit the event webpage by clicking HERE.
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.
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