INAUGURAL STREET HOCKEY FEST BRINGS TOGETHER KIDS, COPS AND AMERKS CAPTAINSNews | 8/27/2012 4:18:04 PM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS
While it wasn’t your typical setting for a hockey tournament, Saturday’s inaugural Amerks Street HockeyFest featured a full day of competitive hockey for players of all ages, from seven-year-old mites to an American Hockey League Hall of Famer.
Frontier Field, home of the Rochester Red Wings Triple-A baseball club, was the site of the 2012 Street HockeyFest. The VIP parking lot was converted into six street hockey rinks lined with hay bales while teams were divided into four different age brackets: Mites, Squirts, Pee Wees and Midgets. Games began at 9 a.m., and the round-robin portion of the tournament, which saw each team play three games, ended around 2:30 p.m.
With the youth teams taking a break before playoffs began, players, parents and fans were treated to a spirited exhibition street hockey game between Amerks Alumni and members of the Rochester Police Department. Former Amerks captains Jody Gage, Chris Taylor and Rory Fitzpatrick wore the red, white and blue against the RPD, which led 7-6 at halftime. However, the Amerks Alumni team came out strong in the second half and earned a hard-fought 13-11 victory over Rochester’s finest. Rochester Police Chief Jim Sheppard was in attendance to watch the game and support the Street HockeyFest.
When the tournament resumed, the intensity picked up as four teams from each division battled it out for their respective championships.
When it was all said and done, the following teams took home the titles: the Landsharks (Mites), Hockey Legends (Squirts), Rochester Royals (Pee Wees) and Just Milk It (Midgets).
The Rochester Americans thank all of the participants in the inaugural Amerks Street HockeyFest, including players and parents, as well as the Rochester Red Wings, Monroe County Sports Commission, Rochester Police Department, the Police Activities League, and Amerks Alumni for supporting this successful event!