Friday, 02 December 2011 00:00
The Town of Oyster Bay will host its second annual College Hockey Challenge, open to all town residents. According to Town Supervisor John Venditto, on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., the Hofstra University Pride Ice will take on the Fordham University Rams in a men’s Ice Hockey game, with the winner receiving the prestigious Supervisor’s Cup Trophy. The event will be held at the state-of-the-art TOB Ice Skating Center in Bethpage.
“This game will showcase some of the best talent in the area,” Venditto said. “Admission to the game is free, and in addition to seeing some top tier action on the ice, Town of Oyster Bay Youth Hockey players will be given a chance to take part in free pregame on-ice youth clinics, beginning at 5 p.m. These unique clinics will help participating youngsters hone their ice hockey skills, gaining valuable tips and insights from some of the area’s most accomplished players.”
Admission is free but residents are encouraged to help others by donating two canned goods, which will be collected at the event by Island Harvest as part of ‘Hockey Fights Hunger.’
To help bring overseas troops a feeling of home during this holiday season, the town is taking part in the American Red Cross ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’ Program. Holiday greeting cards will be available in the lobby for residents to fill out prior to and during the show.
“Sending a touch of home to American men and women who serve our country is the perfect way to express your appreciation and support during the holiday season,” Venditto said. “I ask each person who comes to this event to take time out to write out a card to be sent to our service men and women who protect our freedom. It will certainly help make their holiday a little bit brighter.”
Venditto said the Town of Oyster Bay is honored to host this high level collegiate hockey contest.
“I expect many residents will appreciate the opportunity to see these outstanding college teams compete locally,” Venditto said. “Local youngsters will also be able to meet Hofstra’s mascots Willie and Katie Pride and pick up a free team photo.
Venditto said the collegiate game will also serve as a fine example for the town’s young hockey players, who can one day aspire to further their education through athletics.
“The game will feature terrific role models for our young hockey players,” said Venditto. “For more information about the games and clinics contact the Town of Oyster Bay Parks Department at 797-4125.”