BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Kids laced up their shoes and grabbed their sticks in downtown Buffalo, for Street Hockey Fest 2014 hosted by the Buffalo Sabres.
Due to construction around the First Niagara Center, the annual tournament took place in a parking lot between Mississippi and Columbia Streets. Children 17 and under were split into 160 teams. The winning team in each division won a trophy.
“It’s a chance to get the young kids out here, to play some street hockey. End of summer they start thinking about the fall and training camp right around the corner. It’s a fun event, we always get a lot of teams down here, people come bring picnics, it’s kind of like an end of summer ritual,” said Mike Gilbert, the Vice President of Sabres Public and Community Relations.
The Sabres also opened their store, giving fans a chance to score some gear at summer prices.