Northshire hockey hosting state tourney
"It's a really big deal for the rink, it's one of the most beautiful in the state," said Karen Grabher, the Northshire Hockey Association Tournament Director. "It brings a lot of people in for the restaurants and showcases the area."
There will be seven teams playing in a round-robin format and each team will get three games. The top two teams in each bracket will match up in a semifinal and the winners will go to the state tournament in March.
"We're honored to have been chosen as host for the entire Tier 3 14U Division," Grabher said. "We will be hosting eight teams from all over Vermont and it will be exciting to have them all play at Riley Rink."
The teams coming to Manchester include Barre, Middlebury, Missisquoi, Stowe, Milton and Rutland, along with the hosts.
"We're eager to welcome the teams to Manchester and we are looking forward to an exciting weekend of youth hockey," Grabher said.
The NHA submitted a request to host the tournament at the beginning of the season and based on the availability of ice and the teams. Grabher said the NHA hadn't hosted a tournament up until five years ago, but in that time, they've hosted squirt (10U) tournaments and now the 14U.
"Last year, this team was the Tier 4 state champions, so this year we're in Tier 3, which is a little more challenging," Grabher said. "Anytime we can host an event, it's a benefit."
For the NHA, Trevor Pollock is the head coach and there are three assistants: Dave Miceli, Edmund Edwards and Dave Buggee. The team members include: Matthew Grabher, Nicky Miceli, Mark Carthy, Karter Noyes, Lauren Barrows, Benjamin French, Miles Kaplan, Emmett Edwards, Zachary King, Aidan Buggee, Nicole Mackson and Lexi Farwell.
The Northshire team is scheduled to play on Friday at 4:30 p.m. against Rutland, on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Milton and on Sunday at 8 a.m. against Stowe.
Admission will be $2 for adults and $1 for kids ages 12-18. Kids under 12 are free. A 3-day pass is also available for $5 for adults and $2 for kids ages 12-18. All gate proceeds will benefit Northshire Hockey Association.
For more information on the tournament or youth hockey, contact Karen Grabher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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