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April 11th and 12th, 2015 is the dates for Rochester's TENTH Annual Friendship Tournament.  It's our largest to date with 16 teams.  Those attending are: Albany Cougars, Bucks County Admirals, Columbus Blue Jackets, Cambridge Ice Hounds, Durham Dragons, Mercer Bull Dogs, Mississagua Crusaders, St Catharines Heat, Trinity Wildcats, NJ Daredevils, and NJ Avalanche.  This year we are adding a FUTURE STARS game for beginner skaters.  Come check us out and cheer us on!!!



The 2012-2013 6th Annual Rochester Friendship Tournament will be held the weekend of April 6th and 7th at The Sport Center of MCC.   We're looking at having 9-10 Teams participating with games from 9-5 on Saturday and 9-noon on Sunday.  Schedule will be posted as soon as teams have confirmed.

As our tournament has grown thru the years, we will not be having a dinner.  Instead we will be offering a "Hospitality Room" during the day for families and players.

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We have a date for our Rochester tournament, February 24th and 25th. Saturday & Sunday.  We also have the Roger Robach Community Center at Charlotte Beach for a party afterwards.  Nancy McCullough and Athena Kobryn will be in charge of the dinner, so any help you can give them will be greatly appreciated.  There will be raffle baskets, so everyone who donates will have a chance to win.  If you have an idea for a different way to raise funds, please contact me.  723-8996.
 
Teams to attend;  St Catherine's (Canada) Heat - Albany Cougars - New 
Jersey Daredevils and the Rochester Ice Cats

Games schedule: 
Saturday              2:40   Albany Cougars  vs. St. Catherines
                           3:30   New Jersey      vs. Rochester Ice Cats                  
                           4:30  "C" Level All Stars
                           5:20  "A & B" Level All Stars
Sunday                1:00   Albany/New Jersey vs. Rochester Ice Cats
                           2:00   Skills competition

 
Rochester IceCats First Annual Invitational
The Rochester IceCats took the plunge and hosted their first Invitational this year on February 18th and 19th at SIR.  Teams invited were St. Catherine's Heat, Albany Cougars, New Jersey Daredevils, and New York Raptors.  All told, about 150 players, parents and friends attended.  To drop the puck for the first game at 1pm was Hall of Famer Scott Metcalf, #10 for the Rochester Americans.  It sure was an eye opener for him and his father, and we appreciated them taking time out of their busy weekend to stop by.  Scotty was impressed when one of the Ice Cats stopped the play to help a Canadian he had first knocked down.  Not quite the game he is used to playing.
Albany and New Jersey took the ice for the second game, and the MOOSE showed up to drop the puck to start them off.  Game Three and Four were All-star games combining all the teams to each play at their level.  At 5 pm everyone was invited to the Community Center at Charlotte Beach for dinner.  Thanks to Nancy McCullough, Vicki Rowland, Athena Kobryn, and Carol Greer for running the dinner.  Next time, maybe we could use a little more sloppy joe!!! HAHAHA
Sunday was a two hour game with the US Teams until everyone had had enough.  Things seemed to go well, and we have lots of ideas for next years event. 

The 2009 year-end tournament will be held in Toronto.  We are attending, traveling by car/van instead of renting a bus taking just a small contingency.  Last time in Canada we found out how hard it is not having you own vehicle in case an emergency arises.  (Not that we want to go thru that again.)   
 
Buffalo held the Festival for the USA Disabled, which also was done as day-trip. Everyone from the Rochester Ice Cats were eligible to play, and did so.
It was great seeing how well the girls pulled together and worked their line.  The Ice Cats play so well as a team, even when we add a few "stray cats" in.  Congratulations to all!!!!