By Amy Moritz
Registration is now open for the 13th annual Street HockeyFest scheduled to be held Aug. 24. The event is sponsored by the Buffalo Sabres.
Games begin at 9 a.m. with each team guaranteed at least three games in the one-day tournament. With construction around First Niagara Center, the games will be played one block east of the arena, on surface parking lots between Mississippi and Columbia Streets.
The tournament is open to boys and girls 17. Registration per five-player team is $125 per team and includes a t-shirt and hat. Free parking will be available for participants and spectators at the First Niagara Center ramp.
Games are played three-on-three plus a goaltender with one optional substitute. Players must bring their own equipment (sneakers, sticks, gloves) and goaltender equipment is mandatory.
Registration will close at 5 p.m., Aug. 15 or when the tournament reaches capacity. If not enough teams register in a division that section may be canceled. To register and download waiver forms, visit www.sabres.com or call the Street HockeyFest hotline at (716) 855-4144.
Teams will be divided into divisions determined by gender and age/birth year as outlined by 2014-15 USA Hockey age classifications. Microns and Mites are required to wear a helmet and must also be under adult supervision at all times. Divisions are as follows:
Boys: Microns 6-and-under (2008 and later); Mites 8-and-under (2006); Squirts 10-and-under (2004, 2005); Pee Wee 12-and-under (2002, 2003); Bantam 14-and-under (2000, 2001); Midget 16-and-under (1998); and Midget 17-and-under (1997).
Girls: 8-and-under (2006); 11-and-under (2003); 13-and-under (2001); 15-and-under (1999); 17-and-under (1997).