Buffalo Boasts Strong Youth Hockey Program

June 25, 2013 Updated Jun 25, 2013 at 5:50 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

June 25, 2013 Updated Jun 25, 2013 at 5:50 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Winning the Stanley Cup is something every young hockey player dreams about.

And for the second time in four years, a kid from Buffalo named Patrick Kane has lifted the cup in celebration, helping to ignite the dreams of thousands of young hockey players right here in Buffalo who are following his footsteps.

"When you have a player like Patrick Kane who is not just a fantastic player but grew up through the ranks... or many of the other players that grew up in Buffalo or still live in Buffalo. They are not just ideals that are far away, but they are dreams that are possible to achieve," says Paul Spahn, President of Cazenovia Park Youth Hockey, where Patrick Kane started skating.

Hockey is just part of what it means to be from Buffalo, and the success of stars like Kane has helped to grow youth hockey in the area to huge level.

"Youth hockey really has exploded recently. The success of the Sabres has been critical for that, but also the access to the sport," said Spahn.

The buffalo area is home to more youth hockey organizations than most cities in North America.

And with help from orginzations like Hasek's Heroes; which helps under-priveledged kids learn how to skate and play hockey, the sport is becoming easier to get into with less of a cost barrier.

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