(Players above from left to right – Lucas Lisciandro (Jamestown), Spencer Bell (Jamestown), Blayze Becker (ELPS), Patrick Kaleta, Alex Jedlicka (Lanacaster), Presley Schlitz (OPA), Alex Rumfola (EA/H) and Michael Zanni (OP B))
BY RANDY SCHULTZ –
BUFFALO, NY – Western New York’s top high school club hockey teams will face off for the 39th Annual Super Sunday High School Club Hockey Championships, scheduled to be held this year on Friday, Feb. 24 at KeyBank Center.
The event kicked off today with a press conference to announce the participants for the 2023 event. Steve Ferrentino, Chair for Section VI Boys’ Ice Hockey, was the Master of Ceremonies for the conference.
In addition to the players and coaches of the respective teams being introduced, Patrick Kaleta, Buffalo Sabres youth hockey ambassador, was the guest speaker.
“I was right where you are today,” stated Kaleta, a native of nearby Angola, NY who played in all or parts of nine seasons in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres. “Enjoy the moment.
“Don’t be afraid to dream big, no matter what you are going into. Give it your all and do the best you can.”
Besides the Championship games, the teams will also be participating in a skills competition, get a tour of KeyBank Center, as well as being treated to a lunch a dinner.
Friday will conclude with three championship games, the first beginning at 4 p.m.
The full schedule of Super Sunday games (for Friday, Feb. 24th):
4 p.m. – Orchard Park B vs. East Aurora/Holland (Small School Championship)
6 p.m. – Orchard Park A vs. Lancaster (Large School Championship)
8 p.m. – Jamestown vs. Eden/Lakeshore/Pioneer/Springville (Mixed School Championship)