January 16, 2013
Contact: Nick Penberthy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TIM HORTONS BACKYARD CLASSIC TO BE HELD JANUARY 27th
The Tim Hortons Backyard Classic has been rescheduled and will be held on
January 27th. “The weather forecasts from various sources have made us very opti-
mistic for the Tim Hortons Backyard Classic to be on ice January 27th. We only
need to freeze 4 inches of ice to skate, and with the predicted cold front coming
we should have ice,” Nick Penberthy said.
For the last four years, the tournament was played on Penberthy's East Am-
herst, NY backyard ice rink, which his family sets up each winter at their home.
In 2011, it was expanded to a second Williamsville, New York location hosted by
Chris Taggart, who serves as Co-Chair of the event. Last year, the tournament was
forced into a street hockey tournament due to the lack of cold weather, making
players and tournament officials alike eager to get back to the ice. In 2012,
the event was renamed the Tim Horton’s Backyard Classic thanks to the generous
support of Tim Horton’s Café & Bake Shop, who continues to be the Platinum Spon-
sor of the 2013 event.
This year with the relocation to the Rose Garden (2753 Wehrle Drive Wil-
liamsville, NY) the tournament has registered 24 teams and with the extra time
expects to have more teams sign up for the 2013 event. Registration for the 2013
Tim Hortons Backyard Classic is still available online as limited spots remain at
The hockey tournament was founded in 2008 by East Amherst, New York resident
Nicholas Penberthy, currently a sophomore at SUNY Cortland (www.cortland.edu)
studying childhood education. The Tim Hortons Backyard Classic has raised over
$20,000 for Hasek’s Heroes, an organization founded by NHL great and former Buf-
falo Sabre Dominik Hasek, which introduces city youth to ice hockey and life
skills. The proceeds from this event will be used to build an educational re-
If you’d like more information about the Tim Hortons Backyard Classic, or to
schedule an interview about the event, please call Nick Penberthy at 716-725-4730
or email Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dominik Hasek Youth Hockey League, Inc.
2607 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14207
(716) 875-4820 www.HaseksHeroes.org