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Frozen Four: financial boost for Buffalo

Posted at 6:21 PM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 18:21:14-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Frozen Four begins at Keybank Center in Buffalo Thursday, wrapping up with the championship on Saturday. The event features the four best college hockey programs in the country and will be the second time the Frozen Four comes to Buffalo, the last time being 2003.

“We are so pleased that they’re going to see a new Buffalo when they arrive this week," President of Visit Buffalo Niagara, Patrick Kaler, said. "They can go back and tell their friends and family, I had a fantastic experience in Buffalo, you have to go check it out.”

The weekend is set to generate more than $6 million for the Buffalo economy. Thursday's semifinals feature Minnesota Duluth and Providence at 5 p.m. with Denver and the University of Massachusetts following at 8 p.m.

The Frozen Four follows two recent World Junior Championship Hockey Tournaments Buffalo has hosted.

"So many people who play hockey in our community, they’re Sabres fans of course, but they play hockey. Many of the people who stop playing hockey continue to be hockey fans well into their lives. They see what really elite competition can be and they want to be a part of it," Director of Athletics at Canisius College, Bill Maher, said.

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