Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Three days of ice cold temperatures, grueling winds and hard fought street hockey games ended Sunday with eight divisional winners.
Officials at the Labatt Blue Buffalo Street Hockey Tournament named the following champions for the 2012 event:
• Tier I: Old Macks
• Tier II: Dentally Handicapped
• Tier III: Tony Twisters
• Tier IV: Top Gear
• Tier V: Ice Breakers
• Over 30 Intermediate: LODA
• Over 30 Novice: Shenannigans
• Over 40: Superior Sharks
“There is nothing predictable about Tournament weekend. First, the temps weren’t nearly cold enough to get ice on Lake Erie, then tournament weekend comes, and we’re in a deep, snowy freeze. This is what real hockey is all about,” Brett Carlsen, associate brand manager, Labatt Blue, said in a news release. “Congratulations to all our division champs and everyone who fought off the cold and played hard in the tournament. We’re hoping to get back on the ice for the 2013 Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament next year. Hopefully the weather will cooperate!”
Freezing Temperatures Didn’t Slow Competition
According to Carlsen, the goal of the tournament is to take people back to their hockey roots. “Every year, the players face a different challenge. In addition to switching to the street, this year we had freezing cold temperatures, grueling winds and snow,” Carlsen said. “But now that we’re in our fifth year, people are used to the fact that it’s part of the tournament experience. It’s what makes the Labatt Blue Buffalo Hockey Tournament unique.”
Approximately 60 teams and more than 400 players competed on eight man-made rinks on the pavement of the Erie Basin Marina, Feb. 10-12, 2012. Labatt Blue worked with the City of Buffalo to create the “rinks” using over 1,000 hay bales as barricades.
“The City of Buffalo has been a great tournament partner for five years. They’re out there in the elements around-the-clock, maintaining the rink surfaces, plowing and shoveling to keep surfaces clear for hockey play. Their dedication to this tournament is unmatched and we can’t thank them enough,” said Carlsen.