NHL Sled Hockey Classic

November 9, 2012 Updated Nov 9, 2012 at 12:16 PM EDT

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NHL Sled Hockey Classic

November 9, 2012 Updated Nov 9, 2012 at 12:16 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - With the NHL season on hold, there is still some inspirational hockey to be seen. The Northtown Center in Amherst will host the NHL Sled Hockey Classic from November 9th to the 11th.

The tournament features 14 sled hockey teams sponsored by NHL teams, including many teams comprised of U.S. Military veterans.

The tournament is free to the public. The tournament goes Friday from 9 A.M. to 10 P.M., Saturday 7 A.M. to 10 P.M., and Sunday 7:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

Sled hockey is a fast-paced, hard-hitting sport played by athletes who use a pair of hockey sticks to handle pucks and propel themselves on special hockey sleds, rather than traditional hockey skates used in stand-up hockey.

Recently, Western New york has become a sled hockey hotbed, with three of the current national team players hailing from the region.

Also USA Sled Hockey will hold training camps for the national team at the Northtown Center in Amherst in February and March 2013 to setup for the 2013 Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships in Korea, April 2013.

This tournament is sponsored by USA Sled Hockey, the Buffalo Sabres, the Northtown Center at Amherst and the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission, a subsidiary of Visit Buffalo Niagara.