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NewEdge Looking To Open Again

Potential Phase II OpeningGetting back on the ice is a major priority for us and we are working diligently to make that happen. NewEdge Hockey LLC. is a “Professional Services” company which could potentially allow us to operate now with phase II underway.

In order for this to happen, multiple things have to take place; first and foremost the facilities in which we operate MUST submit a request to the State of New York and receive APPROVAL. Without this required step, the facilities, the businesses, and the customers are legally at risk.

Failure to follow state issued guidelines for operating in phase II is not something we are willing to do nor is taking shortcuts or skipping steps that could/would put our valued customers at risk in any way. 

NewEdge Hockey LLC. is currently working with our corporate headquarters Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex on a plan to reopen in the next week. While nothing is guaranteed, we feel confident that the potential to legally operate is high. We have submitted our application along with our Safety Plans to New York State and will work with the State’s assigned team as to what the next step is.

Should permission be granted by NYS, the on-ice training sessions would/could looks like this;

* 9 participants with 1 instructor per sheet of ice. Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex will have 2 sheets of ice open/operating specifically for NewEdge Hockey LLC. This means we can potentially have 18 participants per hour training. 

* Guidelines will be set for access into the facility, where to get dressed, how to enter/exit the ice surface as well as to how to exit the facility.

* On-ice training sessions will be limited to 1 hour per session.SEND YOUR REQUEST TO PARTICIPATEIn an effort to be proactive, we are accepting participants in a new but temporary manner. If you are interested in on-ice training sessions you will need to send an email to: info@newedgehockey.com

Required Information

Player First/Last Name:
Player Birth Year:
Current Level:  (house, AA travel, AAA travel, etc.)

NewEdge Hockey will respond to you with dates, times, and fees relative to the group in which you would participate. You would select your sessions and be locked in to participate. 

9 participants per session ONLY.

Each accepted participant will receive a confirmation email which must be printed and presented for each session attended. 

Adult Player of the Year Awarded To Rob Hartshorn

Commitment to Adult Hockey Has Created New Standard
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Rob Hartshorn (Forest Lake, Minn.) has been named the 2020 Adult Player of the Year, presented by Labatt Blue, it was announced by USA Hockey.The honor is presented annually by USA Hockey to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of an American-born adult ice hockey player.

Within the Minnesota hockey community, Hartshorn has consistently been a uniting force. The goal for each team he forms and plays on is to bring people together to experience the greatness of the game and to forge lasting friendships.

Like many other kids from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Hartshorn started playing hockey at a young age during the winter in his community’s local rec league. His love for the game only grew throughout the years, and Hartshorn went on to play in the Minnesota Wild Adult Hockey League at the Super Rink at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn.

He started playing in the league as a member of the Lumberjacks and has served as team captain over the years.Today, Hartshorn plays open hockey at three different rinks each week, including in the Minnesota Wild Adult Hockey League, and organizing a pick-up group of 20 players, which appropriately has been coined Hartsy Hockey.Hartshorn has played a total of 60 years of organized hockey.

During that time, he’s considered to have helped retain 2,700 adult league players as he has organized three teams of 20 players each year for the last 45 years. His legacy within the community is rooted in promoting a lifelong love for the sport and staying focused on keeping players coming back season after season.

(USA Hockey Photo)

USA Hockey Cancels All Player Development Camps For This Summer

Full Slate Will Return in Summer 2021
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today it will not hold its typical series of Player Development Camps for boys and girls that take place each summer.

“These camps are a significant part of our overall player development program, but with the current restrictions and uncertainties we have decided that we cannot hold these player development camps this summer,” said Kevin McLaughlin, assistant executive director of USA Hockey for hockey development. “We share in the disappointment of the players and families, as well as coaches and staff, who would have been involved.

“On a positive note, we’re excited to see some rinks opening up across the country and we look forward to hosting a full slate of player development camps again next summer.”

USA Hockey canceled the Boys Select 15, Girls 15, and Girls 16/17 camps on March 20 and today canceled the remaining camps that had been listed as tentative, including the Boys Select 16, Boys Select 17 and Girls Under-18 Select camps.Dates and locations for the 2021 USA Hockey Player Development Camps will be released at a later time.

Amherst Youth Hockey Update


Per the NYSAHA COVID-19 letter of May 19, 2020 all associations are permitted to begin signing Travel players per these guidelines:

14, 15, 16, 18U tournament bound boys and 14, 16, 19U tournament bound girls from June 1st till June 10th. All other levels will be June 11th till June 21st.

If you are interested in reaching out to an Amherst coach, all the contact info is located on our website.


Koz’s Top-10 College Hockey Rinks



By Warren Kozireski —

It is when things are taken away from us that we dream and plan what we will do when everything is back to “normal.”

With that in mind, I present a list of ten college hockey rinks in New York State that hockey fans should make an effort to see a game in at their next opportunity. Make up a plan to see them all in one year or one per year for ten years, I highly recommend going when classes are in session so you can experience the full effect the student sections and bands add. These arenas will help you fall in love with the game all over again.

10) Ronald S. Stafford Ice Arena @ Plattsburgh

Went to theatre seats with the 2008 renovation. Low ceiling keeps the noise in and 15-feet shorter length compresses the center ice area. Men’s tickets have easier to come by with recent struggles and women’s attendance has been steadily growing with recent championship seasons.

9) Houston Field House @ RPI (Troy)

Opened in 1949 with two renovations over the last 12 years, it is home to the Engineers’ women’s and men’s program. Its spaciousness hurts the atmosphere a bit, but nostalgia is visible throughout. Bonus for going to the annual Big Red Freakout game—now 43 years running.

8) Wilson Ice Arena @ Geneseo

Don’t assume you can walk up and get a ticket on game night since the Knights have been nationally ranked for several years running. Games against Plattsburgh and Oswego are especially hard to come by. The student band isn’t what it used to be, but the packed house makes up for that. Food service is a bit lacking (some games not at all), so eat before you get there. All bleacher seats.

7) Marano Campus Center Arena @ Oswego

Just 14 years old, the arena sits in the middle of a student services building and can be a bit of a walk from all available parking. Crowds seem split evenly between community members and students, who line up an hour or more before game time to secure their prime seat. Mix of bleacher and seat backs. No band,

6) Class of 1965 Arena @ Colgate

Open for only the past four seasons, it lacks some of the charm of 57-year old Starr Arena, but is still an intimate place to watch hockey from, at most, ten rows away. Seating on all four sides adds to the ambience. Some great history displays in the lobby to get you up to speed on Raiders hockey.

5) Messa Rink at Achilles Center @ Union College

Opened in 1973 and renovated in 2003, you will first notice the domed wood roof. Bench seating on both sides, though many stand for the whole game. Navigating to your seat, bathrooms or concessions can be a bit of a challenge for anyone with impaired mobility. Planned renovations awaiting fundraising goals.

4) Sage Rink @ Hamilton College

The nation’s second-oldest college hockey arena behind Matthews Arena at Northeastern University and just two years older than Hobey Baker Rink at Princeton has housed the Continentals since 1921. Bench seating for 600, the hallways and walkways are more than little narrow.

3) Appleton Arena @ St. Lawrence University

Opened in 1951, it just reopened in January 2020 after extensive renovations which hopefully did not ruin its old-time charm. Wood everywhere including the ceiling. They pack the place for cross-town rival Clarkson.

2) Tate Rink @ Army West Point

It doesn’t look its 35 years with a mixture of bench seating, chair backs and standing room with handicap accessible platforms. Great traditional atmosphere. I dare you to find any of the Black Knights move a muscle during the national anthem.

1)Lynah Rink @ Cornell

Now 63 years old, it last was renovated and expanded in 2006. Tradition is rampant between newspaper readers while the opposing teams starting lineups are announced, to the tuba players serenating the visitor’s bench in the third period. Student section and band are the best in the state. Senior night takes the tradition up several notches and is an event to witness if you can.

(Photo by Janet Schultz)

Flashback: The Buffalo Sabres First Minor League Team


The 1970-71 Salt Lake Golden Eagles. The Eagles were a Buffalo Sabres farm club this season, and featured several Sabres farmhands: Rocky Farr, Paul Terbenche, Francois Lacombe, Brian McDonald, Jean-Guy Lagace, Steve Cuddie, Randy Wyrozub, Terry Ball, Hap Myers, Joe Robertson, Murray Kuntz, Jake Rathwell, and Butch Deadmarsh.

And the greatest minor league player ever, Guyle Fiedler front row second from the left.

(Thanks to hockey historian George Kuhn for the information provided on this page.)

Wolves Giving Back


The Watertown Wolves have always been proud members of their local communities and love to give back when they can.

Yesterday, Wolves’ Owner Andreas Johansson, Head Coach Brent Clarke and Manager Candi Churchill stopped out to Alexandria Central School District to provide a generous donation and a special edition Watertown Wolves Autism Awareness Jersey.

Lane King To Return To Wolves


The Watertown Wolves would like to announce that Lane King has agreed to return to the team for next season. King joins the Wolves for a 3rd season in the FPHL. King, a fan favorite for the past 2 years, is now ready to make a run for the Commissioners Cup.  

“My season last year was unfortunately cut way too short, due to injury, but I’m hungry to get back on the ice and get to work on winning a championship.” King has played in 41 games for the Wolves scoring 20 goals and getting 53 assists for 73 points. “With the talent we have, as well as new players coming in, it’s definitely going to be a good year in Watertown. I’m very excited and can’t wait for the season to start.  Like most of the Wolves players, the fans in Watertown are a crucial reason why a lot of players want to return to the Den,” King said. 

Wolves owner Andreas Johansson said, “King is the perfect personality for this team, he is a leader and a hard worker and will help achieve our goals. We like getting our veteran players back, and Lane is someone I know ticks all the boxes for the style of hockey we want to play.”

The Wolves have now added Eric Masters, Fred Hein, Stefano Alonzi, Lane King and Jamie Lukas in the last month, and are gearing up for the season with 4 months to go until training camp. The Wolves are already working hard and are ready to make a statement this season.

Jr. Enforcers Sign Corning Native Bryce Kolpien


The Elmira Junior Enforcers, proud member of the USPHL Premier Division, have announced the signing of forward Bryce Kolpien.

Kolpien, a 2002 born player from Corning, started his junior hockey career last season in the NA3HL, tallying 8 points in 40 contests. The scrappy 5’7″ 165 pound 2-way forward is a member of the Corning – Painted Post High School Class of 2020. Bryce brings speed and skilled offensive ability to the Jr. Enforcers, and is looking forward to playing close to home in the Twin Tiers. 

The Junior Enforcers roster will be made up of players ages 20 and under from all across North America and the world. The Junior Enforcers look forward to an exciting and successful season, which will start in late August with training camp, and will see the puck drop for the season on September 25th. Tryout information will be communicated as soon as it is finalized due to the fluid situation resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic. We anticipate more exciting news, including more player signings and team updates coming next week.

Lock Monster Travel Team Information


2020/2021 Travel Teams Information:
An update on the signing process can be found here.
Below is the contact info for the Lock Monster 2020/2021 Travel teams. 
9u AA Squirt Minor – Mike Johnson – 716-713-5669 11u AA PeeWee Minor – Kevin Pender – 716-574-647512u AA PeeWee Major – Brad Martin – 716-417-4151 13u AA  Bantam Minor – Tony Pantano – 716-570-2138 14u AA Bantam Major – Paul Vallone – 716-866-536915u AA Midget – Sam Pantano – 716-316-884416u AA Midget – Jim Eiss – 716-796-5621 

“Small Saves”


Here is this weeks edition of “Small Saves.” Enjoy and Be Safe.

Wolves Sign Former Cortland Captain Alonzi


The Watertown Wolves would like to announce the signing of a very sought after free agent, Stefano Alonzi, the former Captain of Cortland College. Stefano will make his debut in the FPHL this season, and the Wolves would like to welcome Stefano Alonzi to the Den.

Stefano will enter the league fresh off finishing his college career at SUNY Cortland, and is already familiar with Watertown and Wolves Hockey. When at Cortland, Alonzi wore the “C” for the Red Dragons, where he played 90 games scoring 15 goals and tallying 22 assists for 37 points. Stefano has also had successful spells in leagues all over Canada, and is expected to bring leadership qualities to the Wolves locker room.

Stefano actually got to experience the Wolves hockey experience already this season, when he went to watch his old college teammate Nico Modica, who represented Carolina Thunderbirds. “I recall being there watching my friend, and even in the middle of a snowstorm the barn was still packed, which shows the fans are diehards. I`m very excited to be a Wolf and get to play in that rink, and get the opportunity to play for a championship.” Stefano went on to say that he believes he is ready to compete at the next level and he is ready to show everyone that he is ready to play professional hockey.

Amerks Video Series Wins Bronze Telly Award




Amerks recognized in Social – Sports and Leisure category for episode featuring Jake Almeida on Dec. 6

(Rochester, NY) – The Rochester Americans were named the recipient of a 2020 Bronze Telly Award in recognition of the team’s Honorary Captain of the Game video series for the episode featuring six-year-old Jake Almeida from the 2019-20 season.

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Description automatically generatedThe Telly Awards are the world’s largest honor for unique video and television content across all screens. The Amerks were honored as part of the Social – Sports and Leisure category and join a host of other renowned companies as 2020 Bronze Telly Award winners.

Now in its second year, the season-long Honorary Captain of the Game program, presented in partnership with UR Medicine Golisano Children’s Hospital, offers the unique opportunity of a lifetime for one child to take the ice with the Amerks and stand alongside the starting lineup during the playing of the national anthem prior to puck-drop.

Each participant has the chance to watch pre-game warm-ups from either the team bench or penalty box, enjoy the game with family from the comfort of a luxury suite and is treated to a special meet and greet with Amerks Hall of Famer Jody Gage and select players following the game. Additionally, participants are outfitted with their very own Amerks jersey as well as other team merchandise.

Click here to watch the award-winning Honorary Captain of the Game episode.

Amerks Video Production Team

Sr. Multimedia Specialist, Matthew Miller

Associate Multimedia Specialist, Cassandra Opela

Multimedia Journalist, Suzie Cool

Sr. Manager, Video and Creative Services, Bryan Darrow

About the 41st Annual Telly Awards

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, reflective of the multiscreen industry and includes executives from Dow Jones, Duplass Brothers Productions, Complex Networks, A&E Networks, Hearst Media, ESPN Films, RYOT, Vice+ and Vimeo. Winners are selected for recognition based on excellence in the following areas: Branded Content, Commercials & Marketing, Immersive & Mixed Reality, Non-Broadcast, Series / Shows / Segments and Social Video.

Amerks Name Year-End Team Award Winners For 2019-2020 Season


(Rochester, NY) – The Rochester Americans announced the year-end team award winners for the 2019-20 season, presented by Seneca Niagara & Casino.

Game-Winning Goals Award(determined by stats)Andrew OglevieLed the Amerks with six game-winning goals during an impressive bounce-back season. Tied for the team lead with 15 goals and ranked fourth with 29 points in 55 games.
Rookie of the Year(as voted on by members of the Booster Club)Jacob BrysonLed all Amerks rookies and ranked second in scoring among team defensemen with 27 points (4+23) in 61 games.
McCulloch Trophy(as voted on by the organization for community service)Nathan PaetschThird straight season Paetsch has been the recipient of the McCulloch Trophy for his dedication to the Rochester community.
AHL Amerks Man of the Year(League award in recognition of community service)Nathan PaetschThird straight season in which Paetsch has been named the Amerks’ Man of the Year for his contributions to the community.
Rob Zabelny Unsung Hero Award(as voted on by members of the Rochester media) Sean MaloneFinished the season tied for second on the team in scoring with 30 points while setting career-highs in goals (12), assists (18) and points. Appeared in all but four games for Rochester in 2019-20 while seeing increased time on the power-play and penalty kill.
Most Popular Player(as voted on by members of the Booster Club)Taylor LeierPut up 17 points (11+6) in only 27 games after overcoming two significant injuries that sidelined him for most of the season. Recorded six points (5+1) through his first six games after missing the first 23 games.
Fairand/O’Neil Sportsmanship Award(as voted on by the off-ice officials)Kevin PorterNamed team captain for third straight season and fifth time in Rochester. Fifth straight season as an Amerk with less than 50 penalty minutes.
Scoring Champion(determined by stats)Jean-Sebastien DeaLed the Amerks with 39 points and tied for the team lead with 15 goals in 57 games. Notched a team-best six multi-point games, including the only four-point outing by an Amerk this season.
Most Improved Player(as voted on by the Amerks players)Jacob BrysonFinished the season with 16 points (4+12) over his final 21 games, leading all Amerks defensemen in scoring over that span. Had five points on two goals and three assists in his last five appearances.
Most Valuable Player(as voted on by the Amerks players)Jonas JohanssonFirst goaltender to earn team MVP honors since Linus Ullmark in 2017-18. Posted a 14-4-3 record in 22 games with the Amerks, which included a season-long nine-game win streak from Nov. 13 to Jan. 3. Allowed two goals or less in six straight games over that span, including a pair of shutouts in the month of December. Finished sixth among all AHL netminders with a 2.28 goals-against average and ranked seventh with a .921 save percentage. Represented Rochester at the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic and made his NHL debut a week later with the Buffalo Sabres, going 1-3-1 over a five-game stint. Earned his first NHL win Feb. 23 against Winnipeg.