David M. McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png David M. McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Mon, 26 Feb 2024 13:02:54 -0500 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Mon, 26 Feb 2024 07:30:00 -0500 Dozens of kids participate in Try Hockey for Free on Saturday at The McCarthy https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/dozens-of-kids-participate-in-try-hockey-for-free-on-saturday-at-the-mccarthy/638438
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Press release:

The Genesee Amateur Hockey Association hosted 37 registered youngsters as well as five “walk-ins” at the David McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena on Evans Street on Saturday for a Try Hockey For Free Event as part of “USA Hockey  Week  Across  America,” which was celebrated at 285  ice areas across the entire United States.   

Starting at 10:40 a.m. and going until noon, local youth, ages 4 to 9, were welcomed at the rink to experience getting on the ice, learning how to “skate”, getting up after falling, basic skills with a hockey stick and shooting punks into a hockey net (all by being guided by the head coach and on-ice helpers).  This year, the youngsters had the experience of shooting on actual goalies. 

“We welcomed families to McCarthy Ice Rink from Batavia, Buffalo, Byron, Corfu, LeRoy, Nunda, East Bethany, Alexander, Byron, Brockport, Albion, Wyoming, Rochester, and Elba to try our great sport of ice hockey,” said Sharon Gray, coordinator of the “Try Hockey for Free” event. “Our goal is for these families to enjoy watching their kids learn new skills with big smiles on their faces and for the youngsters the on-ice experience.”

The head coaches for today’s event were Tim Sprague and Dan Calkins – both with more than 30 years plus starting out as GAHA players, high school players and GAHA coaches over the years.  Most of the on-ice helpers were from this year’s Batavia-Notre Dame United high school team along with their coaches – Marc Staley and John Kirkwood.  

The youngsters were excited to be coached, aided and skating with these local athletes. Also on the ice were coaches and players from the GAHA organization.  The beginning of the event featured the playing of the National Anthem, and the little people stood so proudly alongside the BND players!

The event is hosted by Try Hockey for Free Coordinators, Sharon and Bob Gray,  and the GAHA Beginner Player Coordinator,  Marcia Barnes, on behalf of the Genesee Amateur Hockey Association, which provided the ice, and the McCarthy rink staff, Katie Murray (general manager), Matt Gray (rink operating manager), and their staff.  

It is the team’s goal to provide the hockey experience to area youngsters free of charge and encourage them in  October to become a player in the GAHA Beginner Program, which starts the first week of October.  The Beginner Program consists of two sessions (October to December and January to March) with a total of 15 on-ice hours per session.

The skates used by the youngsters were provided “free of charge” by the McCarthy Rink  Management Group.

USA Hockey’s Try Hockey program, with the support of the National Hockey League and NHL member clubs, among others, is designed to provide youth hockey associations with a national platform for introducing children to the sport, free of charge.  Pure Hockey (sponsor of USA Hockey) provided free USA Try Hockey jerseys to each child.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  THE NEXT THFF EVENT WILL BE THE FIRST SATURDAY OF NOVEMBER 2024!!!

Photos by Howard Owens.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/dozens-of-kids-participate-in-try-hockey-for-free-on-saturday-at-the-mccarthy/638438#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/dozens-of-kids-participate-in-try-hockey-for-free-on-saturday-at-the-mccarthy/638438 Feb 26, 2024, 7:30am David M. McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena Dozens of kids participate in Try Hockey for Free on Saturday at The McCarthy Press Release <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-02/try-hockey-for-free-batavia-2024.jpg?itok=A_mI71bt" width="800" height="532" alt="try hockey for free batavia 2024" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>Press release:</p><blockquote><p>The Genesee Amateur Hockey Association hosted 37 registered youngsters as well as five “walk-ins” at the David McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena on Evans Street on Saturday for a Try Hockey For Free Event as part of “USA Hockey &nbsp;Week &nbsp;Across &nbsp;America,” which was celebrated at 285 &nbsp;ice</p></blockquote>
Battle of the Badges pits Batavia fire against police Sunday https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/battle-of-the-badges-pits-batavia-fire-against-police-sunday/638392 Press Release:

CAN-USA Sports is excited to announce the return of the Battle of the Badges, City of Batavia Police vs City of Batavia Fire. Sunday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the David McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets start at just $10 and proceeds benefit the David McCarthy Memorial Foundation.

The City of Batavia Police Department took the inaugural battle of the Badges Cup last year with the event raising over $3,000 for the David McCarthy Memorial Foundation. 

“We are looking forward to getting these two great departments together for the 2nd straight year. The David McCarthy Memorial Foundation has helped so many families in our community over the years and we are excited to donate the proceeds to such a meaningful organization again this year.” official quotes from Detective James DeFreze (Detective-City of Batavia Police) & Matt Morasco (City of Batavia Fire Department). 

Kids 12 & under are free to enter and tickets are just $10 with proceeds benefiting the foundation. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mccarthyicearena.com or in person at the Ice Arena.

POLICE ROSTER

  • #11 - Jim DeFreze
  • #13 - Steve Quider
  • #15 - Connor Borchert
  • #18 - Steven Cronmiller
  • #20 - Chris Lindsay
  • #36 - Adam Tucker
  • #54 - John Gombos
  • #57 - Matthew Smith
  • #58 - Chance Hudson
  • #62 - Eric Hill
  • #69 - Aric Perkins
  • #72 - Matt Lutey
  • #74 - Brian Moscicki
  • #76 - Felicia DeGroot
  • #83 - Ricky Messmer
  • #98 - Andrew Mruczek

FIRE ROSTER

  • #7 - Josh McCarthy-CBFD
  • #10 - Ryan Whitcombe-CBFD
  • #12 - Chris Morasco-CBFD
  • #15 - Matt Morasco-CBFD
  • #19 - Zechariah Gowanlock- CBFD
  • #31 - Steve Hammerl-Rochester FD
  • #32 - Colin Cooper-CBFD
  • #36 - Mark Sacheli-CBFD
  • #37 - Bob Tedford-CBFD
  • #39 - Mike Morris-CBFD
  • #44 - Jeff Whitcombe-CBFD
  • #51 - Brian Fix-CBFD
  • #56 - Russ Borden-Town of Batavia FD
  • #57 - Chad Brade -CBFD
  • #59  - Allison Hubert-CBFD
  • #67 - Karl Zufall-CBFD
  • #96 - Andy LaForce-Buffalo Airport FD

If you or someone you know owns a local business that would like to help sponsor the event, please contact Marc Witt, General Manager/Ownership – CAN-USA Sports, mwitt.canusa@gmail.com for opportunities.

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Photos: Buffalo Stampede during practice at David McCarthy Ice Arena https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/photos-buffalo-stampede-during-practice-at-david-mccarthy-ice-arena/638341
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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/photos-buffalo-stampede-during-practice-at-david-mccarthy-ice-arena/638341#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/photos-buffalo-stampede-during-practice-at-david-mccarthy-ice-arena/638341 Feb 16, 2024, 5:32pm David M. McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena Photos: Buffalo Stampede during practice at David McCarthy Ice Arena Press Release <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Buffalo Stampede 3" class="image-style-large" height="525" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-02/9fdd4b14-a144-4214-829e-73cf2ca3b804.jpeg?itok=KwdF-Dx0" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption>Submitted photos of a Buffalo Stampede practice this week at the David McCarthy Ice Arena in Batavia.</figcaption> </figure> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-02/bac6f3ff-b46a-4397-8bd8-aa774f3d39ef.jpeg?itok=LRPayB6J" width="800" height="541" alt="Buffalo Stampede 6" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-02/747b6196-2e2d-48ee-8d87-4f0429dcb8b1.jpeg?itok=qL0TD_rq" width="800" height="1089" alt="Buffalo Stampede 5" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-02/87b188f1-9e02-4e67-879a-b245c91079d1.jpeg?itok=MFt4bGTK" width="800" height="478" alt="Buffalo Stampede 4" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-02/06a93d97-3769-4b49-bae6-095001f0a406.jpeg?itok=zsu3YvFL" width="800" height="444" alt="Buffalo Stampede 2" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-02/4c9e63ab-e153-43ff-bbea-9311e487c4d2.jpeg?itok=uZ2x0m0a" width="800" height="1038" alt="Buffalo Stampede 1" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div>
Try Hockey for Free program coming to McCarthy Ice Arena Feb. 24 https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/try-hockey-for-free-program-coming-to-mccarthy-ice-arena-feb-24/638246
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Press Release:

Genesee Amateur Hockey Association (GAHA) invites children to the David M. McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena on Evans Street on Saturday, Feb. 24 for a Try Hockey For Free clinic as part of Hockey Week Across America. 

 Starting at 10:40 a.m. to Noon local youth, ages 4 to 9, are encouraged to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basic skills in a fun, safe environment.

“We look forward to welcoming families to David M. McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena to try our great sport of ice hockey for free,” said Sharon Gray, Event Coordinator. “Our goal is for these families to enjoy watching their kids learn new skills with big smiles on their faces.” 

USA Hockey’s Try Hockey program, with the support of the National Hockey League and NHL member clubs, among others, is designed to provide youth hockey associations with a national platform for introducing children to the sport, free of charge.

All your youngster needs is a helmet (bike or sports) and winter gloves. Skates are available at the Rink free of charge (due to the generous offering of the David McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena). The GAHA organization does have some used hockey helmets available for the event as well as a few hockey sticks.

Players in attendance will be given a free hockey jersey to take home. To register for this Try Hockey For Free event, please visit www.TryHockeyForFree.com (Use zip code 14020).

For more information, please contact Sharon at svgray@rochester.rr.com or 585-344-2248 (Coordinator for Try Hockey For Free).

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/try-hockey-for-free-program-coming-to-mccarthy-ice-arena-feb-24/638246#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/try-hockey-for-free-program-coming-to-mccarthy-ice-arena-feb-24/638246 Feb 12, 2024, 7:30am David M. McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena Try Hockey for Free program coming to McCarthy Ice Arena Feb. 24 Press Release <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-02/try-hockey-for-free-3.jpg?itok=muRG7u_6" width="800" height="471" alt="try-hockey-for-free-3.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>Genesee Amateur Hockey Association (GAHA) invites children to the David M. McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena on Evans Street on Saturday, Feb. 24 for a Try Hockey For Free clinic as part of Hockey Week Across America.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Starting at 10:40 a.m. to Noon local youth, ages 4 to</p></blockquote>
CAN-USA and Batavia Community Schools Foundation team up for charity hockey game Feb. 4 https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/can-usa-and-batavia-community-schools-foundation-team-up-for-charity-hockey-game-feb Press Release:

CAN-USA Sports has teamed up with the Batavia Community Schools Foundation for their inaugural Blue vs White Charity Hockey Game. Sunday, Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. with doors opening at 4 p.m. at the David McCarthy Memorial Arena.

The game will feature local business owners, Batavia City School District Alumni, and local youth hockey leaders. 

“I think it is going to be a really fun event to see local leaders in our community go head-to-head in a game to raise money for the Foundation. Some of these players may be dusting off their skates from a time long ago and some will be showcasing their hockey skills in front of families, neighbors, and co-workers, but that gives you even more reason to come out and see them in action” – Marc Witt, General Manager & Ownership CAN-USA Sports (Batavia Muckdogs Baseball).

A full roster will be released at the event, but see below the current players signed up to participate:

  • Steve Pies, Owner – Max Pies Furniture &amp; Batavia Hockey Alumni
  • Guy Pellegrino, Owner – Pellegrino Auto Sales & Notre Dame Hockey Alumni
  • Peter Corbelli – Member of the 1st Batavia Varsity Team
  • Pierce Corbelli – Batavia Hockey Alumni
  • Dan Calkins – 2006 Sectional Championship team & Batavia Alumni
  • Batavia City School District Faculty Members: Tom Ingalsbe, David Froese, Anthony Consiglio, and Deven Grimshaw.

If you or someone you know owns a local business who would like to help sponsor either or both of the events please contact Marc Witt, General Manager/Ownership – CAN-USA Sports, mwitt.canusa@gmail.com for opportunities. 

Tickets for the event start at just $10 with proceeds benefiting the Batavia Community Schools Foundations. Tickets can be bought online, here or in person at the David McCarthy Memorial Arena box office.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/can-usa-and-batavia-community-schools-foundation-team-up-for-charity-hockey-game-feb#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/can-usa-and-batavia-community-schools-foundation-team-up-for-charity-hockey-game-feb Jan 19, 2024, 3:11pm David M. McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena CAN-USA and Batavia Community Schools Foundation team up for charity hockey game Feb. 4 Press Release <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>CAN-USA Sports has teamed up with the Batavia Community Schools Foundation for their inaugural Blue vs White Charity Hockey Game. Sunday, Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. with doors opening at 4 p.m. at the David McCarthy Memorial Arena.</p><p>The game will feature local business owners, Batavia City School</p></blockquote>
Younger hockey players get their own tournament for a change with inaugural Merry Mitemas event https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/younger-hockey-players-get-their-own-tournament-for-a-change-with-inaugural-merry
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The Merry Mitemas Tournament is underway at the David M. McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena in Batavia.

The inaugural tournament features 18 teams.  Four are from Batavia, with teams from as far away as Webster and Geneva, said Sharon Valyear-Gray, one of the tournament's organizers, along with her husband, Bob Gray, their daughter, Allyson Valyear, who is chair, and  Tim Sprague, Mite program team coordinator. 

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/younger-hockey-players-get-their-own-tournament-for-a-change-with-inaugural-merry#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/younger-hockey-players-get-their-own-tournament-for-a-change-with-inaugural-merry Dec 2, 2023, 7:45am David M. McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena Younger hockey players get their own tournament for a change with inaugural Merry Mitemas event Howard Owens <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-12/merry-mitemas-tournament-2023-6.jpg?itok=qiY3G8NW" width="800" height="530" alt="Merry Mitemas Tournament 2023" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>The <span>Merry Mitemas Tournament is underway at the David M. McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena in Batavia.</span></p><p><span>The inaugural tournament features 18 teams. &nbsp;Four are from Batavia, with teams from as far away as Webster and Geneva, said Sharon Valyear-Gray, one of the tournament's organizers, along with her husband, Bob Gray, their daughter, Allyson Valyear, who is chair, and &nbsp;Tim Sprague, Mite program team coordinator.&nbsp;</span></p>
Merry Mitemas tournament this weekend in Batavia https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/merry-mitemas-tournament-this-weekend-in-batavia/637384 Press Release:

On Friday, Dec. 1  the Genesee Amateur Hockey Association Ramparts Mite Division (8U) will host their first annual “Merry Mitemas Tournament at the David McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena on Evans Street, Batavia. The Opening game will  begin Friday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m.

Eighteen teams from the Rochester and Buffalo area are participating.  Also featured during the Tournament will be a Basket Raffle and 50/50 Drawing on Saturday along with donut sales, and T-shirt sales on Saturday and Sunday (until sold out).  The teams participating in this Mite Tournament will be playing half-ice; there will be two games played at the same time. This will be a fun event featuring the youngest players within the Association.  Many of these young skaters move up throughout the Association to play on the local high school team.

Volunteers are still needed to run the time clock, keep score and all the other chores that pop up here and there.  If you’d like to volunteer please contact  Allyson Valyear at Avalyear5@gmail.com.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/merry-mitemas-tournament-this-weekend-in-batavia/637384#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/merry-mitemas-tournament-this-weekend-in-batavia/637384 Nov 28, 2023, 7:30pm David M. McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena Merry Mitemas tournament this weekend in Batavia Press Release <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p><span>On Friday, Dec. 1 &nbsp;the Genesee Amateur Hockey Association Ramparts Mite Division (8U) will host their first annual “Merry Mitemas Tournament at the David McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena on Evans Street, Batavia. The Opening game will &nbsp;begin Friday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m.</span></p><p><span>Eighteen teams from the Rochester</span></p></blockquote>
Muckdogs and CAN-USA sports hosting two charity events at David McCarthy Memorial Arena https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/muckdogs-and-can-usa-sports-hosting-two-charity-events-at-david-mccarthy-memorial Press Release:

CAN-USA Sports is excited to announce the return of the Battle of the Badges, City of Batavia Police vs City of Batavia Fire, charity hockey game & the Inaugural Batavia City Schools Foundation Faculty charity hockey game at the David McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena in 2024.

The Batavia City Schools Foundation Faculty game will be on Sunday Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. with doors opening at 4 p.m. The event will feature current and former faculty members battling on the ice to benefit the Batavia City Schools Foundation. 

Kids 12 & under are free to enter and tickets are just $10 with proceeds benefiting the foundation. Foundation President Zack Korzelius “We want to bring more awareness to the foundation and there is such a rich tradition of hockey at our district we thought this would be a perfect fit”.

The event is open to the public and rosters will be release shortly. Tickets can be purchased online through this link-HERE or in person at the Ice Arena.

The 2nd annual Battle of the Badges will be played on Sunday Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The City of Batavia Police Department took the inaugural battle of the badges cup last year with the event raising over $3,000 for the David McCarthy Memorial Foundation.

“We are looking forward to getting these two great departments together for the 2 nd straight year. The David McCarthy Memorial Foundation has helped so many families in our community over the years and we are excited to donate the proceeds to such a meaningful organization again this year.” official quotes from Detective James DeFreze (Detective-City of Batavia Police) & Matt Morasco (City of Batavia Fire Department). 

Kids 12 & under are free to enter and tickets are just $10 with proceeds benefiting the foundation. Tickets can be purchased online through this link - HERE or in person at the Ice Arena.

Both events will have full-service food & beverage at the rink & 50-50 at each evening’s game. “We have hosted several events in partnership with CAN-USA Sports ownership and they have been all successful. We love to highlight the rink, our community, and who doesn’t love hockey!” – Kati Murray, General Manager, David McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena. 

“Hockey being my first love and being able to highlight the heroes & teachers in our community playing the game I love while giving back to local charities is just a win win for the community here.” – CAN-USA Sports Owner Robbie Nichols.

If you or someone you know owns a local business who would like to help sponsor either or both of the events please contact Marc Witt, General Manager/Ownership – CAN-USA Sports, mwitt.canusa@gmail.com for opportunities.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/muckdogs-and-can-usa-sports-hosting-two-charity-events-at-david-mccarthy-memorial#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/muckdogs-and-can-usa-sports-hosting-two-charity-events-at-david-mccarthy-memorial Nov 15, 2023, 9:06am David M. McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena Muckdogs and CAN-USA sports hosting two charity events at David McCarthy Memorial Arena Press Release <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>CAN-USA Sports is excited to announce the return of the Battle of the Badges, City of Batavia Police vs City of Batavia Fire, charity hockey game &amp; the Inaugural Batavia City Schools Foundation Faculty charity hockey game at the David McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena in 2024.</p><p>The Batavia</p></blockquote>
It's not too late to register for free hockey program this weekend, organizers say https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/its-not-too-late-to-register-for-free-hockey-program-this-weekend-organizers-say
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File Photo from 2015 of a Try Hockey For Free program at the David McCarthy Ice Arena in Batavia. 
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It’s not too late to register for a free kids’ hockey trial program this weekend, organizers say.

The Try Hockey For Free program, sponsored by Genesee Amateur Hockey Association, is for boys and girls aged four to nine, and runs from 10:40 a.m. to noon Saturday at the David McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena on Evans Street, Batavia.

Organizers encourage participants to bring equipment if you have it. If you don’t have any equipment, do bring loose-fitting sweat or snow pants, a pair of hockey, mittens or winter gloves, a helmet (hockey or bike) and a smile.

Rental skates will be provided for free, courtesy of the ice arena. Hockey sticks will be given out for use, and must be returned upon the end of the session. A USA hockey jersey will be given to each participant.

The on-ice experience will include plenty of coaches on hand to give your child a great youth hockey experience, organizers say. “They will get an opportunity to learn the basic skills of youth hockey,” organizer Bob Gray said.

Registration is now open. Go to: tryhockeyforfree.com (zip code 14020).

For more information, contact svgray@rochester.rr.com

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Genesee Amateur Hockey Association announces try hockey for free day https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/genesee-amateur-hockey-association-announces-try-hockey-for-free-day/636912
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Press Release:

Genesee Amateur Hockey Association invites children to the David M. McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena on Evans Street on Saturday, Nov. 4 for a Try Hockey For Free clinic as part of Hockey Week Across America. 

Starting at 10:40 a.m. to Noon local youth, ages 4 to 9, are encouraged to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basic skills in a fun, safe environment.

“We look forward to welcoming families to David M. McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena to try our great sport of ice hockey,” said Sharon Gray, Coordinator of the Event. “Our goal is for these families to enjoy watching their kids learn new skills with big smiles on their faces.”

USA Hockey’s Try Hockey program, with the support of the National Hockey League and NHL member clubs, among others, is designed to provide youth hockey associations with a national platform for introducing children to the sport, free of charge.

All your youngster needs is a helmet (bike or sports) and winter gloves. Skates are available at the Rink free of charge (due to the generous offering of the David McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena). The GAHA organization does have some used hockey helmets available for the event as well as a few hockey sticks. 

Players in attendance will be given a free hockey jersey to take home. To register for this Try Hockey For Free event, please visit www.TryHockeyForFree.com (Use zip code 14020)

For more information, please contact Sharon at svgray@rochester.rr.com or 585-344-2248 (Coordinator for Try Hockey For Free).

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/genesee-amateur-hockey-association-announces-try-hockey-for-free-day/636912#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/genesee-amateur-hockey-association-announces-try-hockey-for-free-day/636912 Oct 20, 2023, 11:48am David M. McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena Genesee Amateur Hockey Association announces try hockey for free day Press Release <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="try hockey for free" class="image-style-large" height="307" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-10/tryhockey2016.jpeg?itok=t9ezXHLE" width="460"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>File photo by Howard Owens</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>Genesee Amateur Hockey Association invites children to the David M. McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena on Evans Street on Saturday, Nov. 4 for a Try Hockey For Free clinic as part of Hockey Week Across America.&nbsp;</p><p>Starting at 10:40 a.m. to Noon local youth, ages 4 to 9</p></blockquote>