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Winter Classic Invites Hockey Fans

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto announced that the LI Blues will host the Fourth Annual Winter Classic at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center located at 1001 Stewart Avenue in Bethpage on Saturday Feb. 8.

“The LI Blues is a hockey program that gives children and young adults with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting,” Venditto said. “Three other teams, the East Coast Jumbos, the New Jersey Dare Devils and the New Jersey Avalanche have been invited to the event and will be participating.”

There will be four games played with the faceoff for the first game scheduled for 3:30 p.m. The event is expected to conclude around 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

“I’m very proud that the Town of Oyster Bay will once again be hosting this event at the renowned Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage,” Venditto said. “The LI Blues is a terrific program that brings all the fun of hockey to those with special needs. This event showcases the dedication of these young athletes who are quite skilled at hockey. They really are inspiring.”

“The sport of ice hockey gives participants a sense of teamwork and instills important character traits such as dedication and resiliency,” said  Michael Russo of LI Blues Special Hockey. “We are very proud of our program which brings ice hockey to these players at adaptive levels that makes it fun for all. Our organization is very pleased to partner with the Town of Oyster Bay on this outstanding event.”

Venditto added the LI Blues Winter Classic is just one of the many special events held at the state-of-the-art Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center.

“This fabulous facility is the home to many hockey and skating organizations,” he said. “Since it was built, it has hosted many special events such as the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island Cup Championship, the New York Rangers Try Hockey for Free and the Town’s Annual Holiday on Ice Show. Plus, so many residents enjoy the public skating sessions. Because of what the Long Island Blues Winter Classic means to the participants and organizers, it certainly is one of the most special events that is held at the Ice Skating Center or any Town facility.”

Venditto said that a large and enthusiastic crowd will add to the excitement for the players, so he is asking residents to come to the event and enjoy a special and fun day of hockey. For more information about the games and other programs at the rink, residents can visit the Town’s website at, or call the Town of Oyster Bay Parks Department at 516-433-7465.