Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament allowing even more teams

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Expect to see even more players out on the ice in the Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament.

The 11th annual event, which will take place at Buffalo Riverworks, will allow approximately 20 more teams, and up to 140 more players, to participate.

“We’ve always had players who weren’t able to make it in, just because of the constraints with the number of teams we could accommodate,” said Lisa Texido, brand director for Labatt USA.

24 teams will participate in the first tournament on Sunday, February 11. On the following Tuesday, a nearly week-long tournament featuring 132 more teams will begin.

Riverworks is hoping to cash in as well. Staff there is expecting to serve about 20,000 more people over the course of the week, compared to the 2017 tournament.

“Previous years, we’ve probably had in excess of just over 20,000 for the weekend,” said Sean Green, the director of athletics at Riverworks. “So we’re looking at doubling that hopefully.”

Registration for the event starts on Saturday, December 16 at Noon. It will be first-come first-served. Team captains can sign up here.

Full team rosters must be submitted by December 29 and players must be at least 21 years old.

Any team captains who have questions can email provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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