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Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Returns to Buffalo RiverWorks as Two Tournaments That Include More Than 200 Outdoor Hockey Games

The Ultimate Winter Event for Beer Drinking, Hockey Fans Starts Feb 11

BUFFALO, NY – Celebrating its 11th year, the Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament returns to Buffalo RiverWorks as two tournaments with thousands of players and fans who have made this an annual Buffalo tradition.

The first of two Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey tournaments is scheduled for Sunday, February 11. It’s a one-day, all-weather event for more than 200 players who will skate on six outdoor refrigerated rinks, playing three games in a round robin format. The second tournament runs from Thursday, February 15 through Sunday, February 18.

According to Gina Heine, associate brand manager for Labatt Blue, more than 200 outdoor hockey games will be played at Buffalo RiverWorks during their eleventh anniversary event.

“The Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament started more than a decade ago as a true celebration of our love for hockey,” said Heine. “Every year, we look forward to bringing this tradition to life in a new and unique way for both players and fans. Our eleventh anniversary event is packed full of great hockey play, live entertainment, outdoor activities and of course, ice-cold Labatt Blue.”

  

About the Tournaments:

The puck drops for the first tournament at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11. More than 200 players across multiple skill levels will compete on six refrigerated rinks, playing three games in a round robin format with championship games held that evening.

The second tournament runs Feb. 15-18. Seven hundred players will compete in one game on Thursday, Feb. 15 or Friday, Feb. 16 and play their remaining games on Saturday, Feb. 17 or Sunday, Feb. 18. The new format provides more flexibility for teams to participate in the sought-after outdoor hockey tournament.

“The Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament is always a highlight of our year,” said Sean Green, director of athletics and sponsorship, Buffalo RiverWorks. “This is our fifth year hosting the tournament, and this year we’re bringing a whole new experience to the players and fans, including ziplining, rock climbing and silo tours. We can’t wait to see the crowds cheer on their hockey teams and enjoy all the event has to offer.”


Tournament Highlights:

·        Labatt Blue Zone: featuring games, entertainment and Labatt Blue giveaways

·        Sled Hockey Exhibition Game: players from the Team USA sled hockey team and other local

sled hockey teams will compete on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m.

·        Live Entertainment: each day during the tournament. Bands include: The Brothers of

Invention, Honest Penny, Roadtrip, Tom & Larry, Full Circle and headliner Breakaway

·        Sabres Game Viewing and Sabres Alumni Appearances

·        Games and Activities: Labatt Blue silo tours, silo ziplining and rock climbing outside of

Buffalo RiverWorks (weather permitting), quad bungee-jumping, obstacle course


Game Schedule and Competition:

Players will compete across 16 divisions, including one women’s and 15 men’s divisions. Game play runs:

·        Sunday, Feb. 11 from 4:00 p.m. until approximately 10:30 p.m. Finals at 9:30 p.m.

·        Thursday, Feb. 15 from 7:00 p.m. until approximately 10:30 p.m.

·        Friday, Feb. 16 from 7:00 p.m. until approximately 10:30 p.m.

·        Saturday, Feb. 17 from 1:00 p.m. until approximately 8:30 p.m. Finals begin at 4:00 p.m.

·        Sunday, Feb. 18 from 12:00 p.m. until approximately 8:00 p.m. Finals begin at 3:00 p.m.


A full game schedule is available at www.LabattBluePondHockey.com/buffalopond.


Tournament Play

Nearly 900 novice, intermediate, advanced and elite level hockey players make up the teams, with rosters ranging from four to seven players, 21 years of age and older. Teams play a four-on-four format, absent a goalie.

Teams play a minimum of three round-robin games. The winner of each bracket will go on to play in the tournament finals. The 16 total divisional winners will be named tournament champions in their respective divisions.


For more information, visit www.labattbluepondhockey.com/buffalopond and join the conversation on Labatt USA’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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About Labatt USA

Labatt USA, headquartered in Buffalo, New York since 2007, has imported Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light from Canada since 1951. Today, Labatt Blue is America’s top-selling Canadian beer. With a clean, refreshing taste, light color, slight hop aroma, good balance, fruity character and a slightly sweet taste, Labatt Blue has become the premier Canadian pilsner in the Great Lakes region and expansion markets across the United States. First brewed in Canada in 1847, Labatt continues to carry on the tradition and heritage of the great outdoors. For more information, please visit labattus.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.