Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex announced plans today to host their 4th Annual Thanksgiving Day Hockey Event.
This event is their version of the traditional backyard football games that take place across the United States on Thanksgiving.
All four ice rinks at the facility will be in use, with pick up games taking place based on ages - Youth, Adult or Parent and Kids. Many families that attend bring a potluck meal to enjoy while watching their family members play hockey. New attendees are encouraged and welcome to do the same.
The event runs from 10:00am to 11:30am and admission is $10.00 per skater.
Thousands of athletes from the United States and Canada will visit Rochester, N.Y., this weekend for the Fire on Ice hockey tournament, hosted by Invitational Hockey Tournaments.
The tournament is the largest girls ice hockey tournament in North America, with the event drawing 166 teams (160 from out-of-town) and over 2,500 athletes this year. Visiting teams will travel to Rochester from all over the United States, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Washington, and more, as well as the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia, Canada.
Visit Rochester anticipates tournament athletes, coaches, families and fans will attract more than 7,000 visitors to the Greater Rochester area over the tournament weekend. The tournament is expected to generate over 4,000 hotel room nights during the three-day event with athletes, coaches and tournament staff utilizing hotels across Monroe County.
"We are excited for another year of the Fire on Ice Girls Hockey Tournament! The Rochester community offers a perfect mix of first-class facilities, restaurants, hotels, shopping, and off-ice entertainment,” said tournament director, Patti Severo. “We always look forward to welcoming the thousands of great athletes and their families to town for a memorable weekend of great hockey!"
The Fire on Ice tournament begins on Friday, November 4 and continues throughout the weekend with the final games wrapping up on Sunday, November 6. The tournament features some of the top girls hockey teams from the U-10 age division all the way up to the U-19 age division. The games will be played at 13 different ice facilities across Greater Rochester including the Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex, Thomas Creek Ice Arena, Frank Ritter Memorial Ice Arena and the Gene Polisseni Center, along with many more.
Visit the Bill Gray’s Iceplex between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, to speak with tournament organizers. If you’d like to set up an interview with coaches or players, please contact the following:
General Manager - Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex
ABOUT INVITATIONAL HOCKEY TOURNAMENTS
Specializing in hosting and managing boys and girls youth hockey tournaments for Mites, Squirt, PeeWee, Bantam and Midget at the AAA and AA skill levels, Invitational Hockey Tournaments LLC (IHT) is a leading performer and one of the fastest growing hockey tournament hosts in North America. To learn more about Invitational Hockey Tournaments, please visit: http://invitationaltournaments.com/
National sports performance leader, Parisi Speed School, has opened its new location at Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex, which is located on the campus of Monroe Community College. This is the second location for Parisi Rochester group, with its first gym opening in Fairport in 2013.
A new 2,000 square foot space was recently remodeled in the upper lobby of the Iceplex, which is now home to the nationally acclaimed training company.
Parisi Speed School's scientifically based learning progressions and progressive methods deliver unparalleled training to athletes from 7 years of age to the professional level.
Based on curriculum designed by Bill Parisi and the Parisi team, The Parisi Speed School offers both individual and team training focused on increasing speed, agility, and strength while also decreasing the risk of injury. The school offers Jump Start, Total Performance and Peak programs to accommodate every level of athlete.
Parisi Rochester owner, Billy Sauer, is a Rochester native who attended McQuaid Jesuit High School and won a Section 5 title in 2004. After high school, Billy attended the University of Michigan where he played hockey and majored in Kinesiology. At U of M he compiled a 71-30-8 record as a starting goaltender and was also drafted into the NHL by the Colorado Avalanche in the 7th round. After his college career, he went on to play three professional seasons between the AHL and ECHL.
"Sports performance training has always been a passion of mine. After my final professional season, I knew I wanted to return to Rochester to work with athletes of every sport to help them achieve their highest level of performance. I've been lucky enough to have made my dream a reality and now I get to work with athletes every day to help them reach their goals."
"Our goal is to provide a world-class experience and the highest quality programs to our many customers," said Chris Woodworth, General Manager at Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex. "The Parisi Speed School is a leader in the sports performance industry, and their addition to our facility is an excellent example of our commitment to this goal."
For more information on Parisi Speed School, visit www.parisirochester.com.
Over 1,200 ice hockey players and family members will come together this weekend for the October Madness tournament. The event, which is put on by SuperSeries AAA Hockey, will take place at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex and runs October 28th through October 30th.
This is the first of two events taking place in Rochester this Winter by the events company based out of Livingston, New Jersey.
In total, 32 youth hockey teams will compete, of which 30 teams traveled in from all over North America. This event attracts U.S. teams from NY, PA, MI, CT, TX, MA, NJ, RI, IL, CO, AL, TN and MD, as well as Canadian teams from the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
The 30 out of town teams equates to roughly 1,130 out of town guests that will reside in local hotels, dine in local restaurants and shop in local stores over a 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 $320,000 and $520,000.
For more information on the event and to view the full game schedule, visit www.superseriesaaa.com.
ROCHESTER, NY -- Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex, the area’s largest driver of sports related economic impact, will take a major step toward energy sustainability with a full overhaul of their lighting system. They will be installing state of the art intelligent lighting systems produced by Noribachi and Encelium.
In partnership with Jacomb Lighting (Pittsford, NY), installation will begin immediately and is scheduled to be completed by December 15th. This lighting initiative is part of a multi-phase improvement plan that has been underway at the sports facility since April of 2013.
“Our team is committed to providing a world class experience to the more than 1.6 million people that visit our facility each calendar year,” said Chris Woodworth, General Manager of Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex. “This state of the art lighting technology will not only significantly lessen our imprint on the environment, but will also drastically improve our customer’s experience.”
“JACOMB Lighting is honored and excited to be working with the team at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex on their LED "Green Lighting and Controls" energy and carbon footprint reduction project,” said Bill Gauthier, Owner of JACOMB Lighting. “This project will allow them the increase light levels significantly while reducing their lighting energy consumption by over 50% throughout their facility.”
The project by the numbers:
About JACOMB Lighting
JACOMB Lighting are Western New York’s green lighting specialists, providing a wide range of services, including audits, lighting design, project financing and incentive services. In addition, JACOMB sells a wide assortment of lighting products, and intelligent lighting systems. For more information, visit www.jacomb.net.
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. It is also the training facility for the Rochester Americans AHL Hockey and home to Nazareth NCAA Men's Ice 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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