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Bubble hockey champions

   While the World Juniors hockey tournament continues in Buffalo, the 2010 World Bubble Hockey
Championships
are in the books.

   The two-day event, held earlier this week, was organized by Innovative Concepts in Entertainment, the Clarence-based company that makes the iconic Super Chexx bubble hockey game. It took place at the Hockey Towne USA Fan Fest, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

   The tournament consisted of a singles competition and a doubles
competition, with teams of two players each.

   In the singles tourney, 120 entrants competed and the winner was John
Gaffney of Burlington, N.J., a big-time bubble hockey tournament player. He
walked away with a $488 first-prize check, beating a player from Connecticut.
(A total of $1,220 in prize money was handed out in the singles division.)

   On the doubles side, 42 teams competed. Kenny Dubois and Al Cousineau of Shrewsbury, Mass., prevailed over Buffalo's Marcus Dublino and Mike Shearer.
Dubois is known for being able to score goals using his defensemen, making it challenging for opponents to defend against him.

 If you want to learn a few scoring tricks, check out video from game one and game two of the singles final. The winner, Gaffney, is at left.

-- Matt Glynn

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