Download Logo PUCKS DROP AT THE LABATT BLUE POND HOCKEY TOURNAM 64 teams compete in eight divisions 02.06.2009 – PUCKS DROP AT THE LABATT BLUE POND HOCKEY TOURNAMENT Twitter Pitc 64 teams compete in eight divisions 64 teams com Pond Hockey February 7 BUFFALO, NY – Sixty four teams sharpened their skates and took the ice for the second annual Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament on Lake Erie at the Erie Basin Resource Li Marina. Players began skating on eight man-made rinks as early as 7:15 a.m. Each rink represents one division and eight teams broken down into two brackets. Each Tags bracket of four teams play a round robin format. The winner of each bracket plays in labatt, labatt pond hocke the divisional championship games, starting at 4:15 and 4:30 p.m., respectively. buffalo pond “Our goal was to deliver an authentic hockey experience that takes people back to hockey’s roots,” said Peter Bodenham, director of marketing, for Labatt USA. “The choppy, dull surface delivers hockey in its purest form. It can be tricky to skate and maneuver and that’s part of the challenge.” Labatt USA has been working with the City of Buffalo and Erie County to create the ice surface. Over the past 10 days, firefighters used hoses to lightly coat the ice surface and smooth out rough patches. City and county crews prepped the ice with hoses, shovels and light equipment. The rink surface spans 136,000 square feet on a frozen Lake Erie. “We’re really excited about this year’s tournament,” said Bodenham. “We’ve expanded the level of players who can participate and lowered the age to 21 as our consumers requested.” Ed Ellis of Performax Hockey Systems oversaw team and referee recruitment, game scheduling and tournament day events. Teams, representing novice, intermediate and advanced level players are comprised of four to six players, 21 years of age and older, who play a four-on-four format, absent a goalie. Nets are six inches high and six feet wide like the goals used in USA Pond Hockey. "Labatt USA has proved that the City of Buffalo is one of North America's hockey hotbeds," said Mayor Byron W. Brown."Thanks to the overwhelming success of last year's Pond Hockey Tournament on the city's waterfront, this year's edition will be larger, more entertaining and great fun for players and fans alike. I commend Labatt USA for its commitment to the City of Buffalo and our region. They have helped create a great winter sports and entertainment event that has demonstrated the attractiveness of Buffalo's four-season appeal." “The Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament celebrates Erie County’s love of hockey and helps bring people to Buffalo’s waterfront,” said Erie County Executive Chris Collins. “I want to thank Labatt USA for investing in our community and I am pleased Erie County’s Parks Department could help implement this exciting event.” For tournament information and game schedules, please go to www.performaxhockey.com or become a fan at http://tinyurl.com/labattfacebook The Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament is subject to weather conditions. ### Headquartered in Buffalo, NY, Labatt USA imports Labatt Blue daily from Canada, which is America’s top-selling Canadian beer imported by Labatt USA. First brewed in 1951, Labatt Blue offers a clean, refreshing taste, light color, slight hop aroma, good balance, fruity character and a slightly sweet taste. A 2004 Gold Medalist in the World Beer Cup, Labatt Blue Light is the No. 2 Canadian import behind Labatt Blue. Labatt USA imports and markets Labatt Blue™, Labatt Blue Light™ and other Canadian brands into the United States. Always enjoy responsibly. Short URL: http://pitch.pe/4161 About Labatt USA Headquartered in Buffalo, NY, Labatt USA imports Labatt Blue daily from Canada, which is America’s top-selling Canadian beer imported by Labatt USA. First brewed in 1951, Labatt Blue offers a clean, refreshing taste, light color, slight hop aroma, good balance, fruity character and a slightly sweet taste. A 2004 Gold Medalist in the World Beer Cup, Labatt Blue Light is the No. 2 Canadian import behind Labatt Blue. Labatt USA imports and markets Labatt Blue™, Labatt Blue Light™ and other Canadian brands into the United States. Always enjoy responsibly. Contacting Labatt USA Labatt USA 50 Fountain Plaza Buffalo, NY 14220 716.880.1433 Website: http://tinyurl.com/labattfacebook Press Contact Mary Beth Popp Office: 716.880.1433 Cell: 716.864.5315 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/labattfacebook Twitter: mommb Interview Request Mary Beth Popp Office: 716.880.1443 Cell: 716.864.5315 © Copyright 2009 PitchEngine, Inc.