BUFFALO, N.Y. – April 20, 2017 – The American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association, USA Hockey and the Amherst Youth Hockey Association are proud to welcome the 2017 World Deaf Hockey Championships to the Northtown Center. The championships will take place April 19 through April 29. Participating teams include Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Kazakhstan and the United States.
The championships are expected to fill over 1,300 hotel room nights and generate approximately $770,000 in economic impact. This is the first time the championships will be in Amherst.
The championships kick off on Saturday, April 22 at 9 a.m. featuring the inaugural women’s game of the USA vs. Canada, followed by Kazakhstan vs. Finland at 3:30 p.m. The World Deaf Hockey Championships are a ticketed event. A tournament pass is $60 for an adult, $30 for a student and $20 for those associated with Amherst Youth Hockey. A single day ticket can be purchased for $15 for an adult, $8 for a student and $5 for those associated with Amherst Youth Hockey. A medal round single game ticket will be $20.
“As host of the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships, Team USA welcomes all of the teams that have traveled the long distances to compete in the 2017 tournament. The Team USA coaching staff is excited about our team that will represent our country in the WDIHC. The team is comprised mainly of veteran players who have played for us in other international competitions, with a few young players being introduced to the global scene for the first time. Our team is prepared for the high level of competition that is customary in this tournament and is ready for the challenge. On behalf of the players, coaches and staff we dedicate these games to the memory of Jeff Sauer…a superb coach and our friend and mentor,” said Joseph Gotfryd of USA Hockey.
“Amherst Youth Hockey is proud to be a part of this truly memorable event and are looking forward to doing our part to ensure the participants, families, and guests leave with fond memories of Buffalo,” said Robert Schell, President of Amherst Youth Hockey.
“As hockey teams and fans from three different continents converge on Amherst and the Buffalo Niagara region, they’ll find a resurgent destination filled with new attractions, hotels and restaurants. The decision to site this championship here speaks to our top-notch athletic facilities like the Northtown Center and the Buffalo Niagara region’s growing reputation as a first-rate destination for athletic events,” said Patrick Kaler, president and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara and the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission.
The schedule for games, results and additional details will be posted at: https://www.2017wdihc.com/
The Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission is a subsidiary of Visit Buffalo Niagara that promotes Buffalo and Erie County nationally and internationally as a premier sports tourism destination for the economic benefit of the community by boosting hotel occupancy and encouraging visitor spending. http://www.visitbuffaloniagara.com/sports-commission/
Amherst Youth Hockey, Inc. organizes and conducts a complete program of recreational and competitive hockey for the youth residents of the Town of Amherst and others. The organization works to develop in each hockey participant the skills of skating, the skills of hockey, and the proper mix of recreation and competitiveness, sportsmanship, and the concept of teamwork. http://amherstyouthhockey.org/
The Northtown Center, the Buffalo Niagara region’s premier four sheet ice and multi-purpose complex features local, regional, national and international events year round. The ice arena features three NHL regulation-sized ice sheets as well as an Olympic-sized ice sheet. The Northtown Center includes a full service restaurant, sports training facility, pro shop, multiple meeting spaces, press box, roller hockey rink and sledge hockey capabilities. www.northtowncenteratamherst.com