Hockey Tourney Boosts Tourism

March 29, 2012 Updated Mar 29, 2012 at 7:32 AM EDT

By WKBW News

March 29, 2012 Updated Mar 29, 2012 at 7:32 AM EDT

48 youth hockey teams from across the country are in town for USA Hockey's Tier 1 national championships. The Northtown Center in Amherst has hosted a USA Hockey event every year since 2006, but this marks the first time that all four age levels are taking part at the same time. That means players and their families are using 6,000 hotel room nights. The tournament is expected to have an economic impact of nearly $2.2 million. The games are open to the public and run through Sunday.

Other youth will be crunching numbers on Saturday. Students from the Lancaster High School Academy of Finance are going to UB to prepare tax returns for free for lower income families. The students have been certified by the IRS as volunteer income tax preparers.

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