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WINTER CLASSIC RINK REOPENED

Tuesday, 11.03.2009 / 9:57 AM / Amateur Hockey
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WINTER CLASSIC RINK REOPENED
Ralph Wilson Stadium (Photo: Getty Images)
The Time Warner Cable Classic Rink is now open to the public. Located at 123 Riley Street in East Aurora, the outdoor ice facility is available for its second winter season.

Last year, the rink hosted thousands of skating enthusiasts for amateur hockey, figure skating, public skating sessions, and learn-to-skate programs.  The rink also hosted guests from Ontario, Pennsylvania, and Ohio to experience the history of the Winter Classic tribute rink.

The rink was originally used in the historic NHL Winter Classic event that was played on January 1, 2008 between the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins.  This game, hosted at Ralph Wilson Stadium, was the first ever-outdoor NHL game in the United States.  A record setting crowd of 71,217 witnessed the Penguins defeat the Sabres  2-1 with a dramatic overtime goal by Sidney Crosby.

According to John Cimperman, president of the Aurora Ice Association (AIA), “The Winter Classic event has earned its place in hockey history. This legacy will continue to have its home in East Aurora.”

Cimperman added that the rink is nearly 90 percent booked for the 2009-10 season, which runs though March.

Public skating sessions are every Friday and Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m. and every Saturday and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.  The price is $5 for adults and $3 for students.  Skate rentals are also available. 

Additionally, the rink is practice home to four local hockey associations; the East Aurora High School Hockey Club team, as well as the popular Old Tyme Hockey League consisting of 12 adult hockey teams.

The Winter Classic Tribute rink has the support of the National Hockey League and Buffalo Sabres.  Their support of the rink project allowed AIA to brand the venue to be a replica of the Winter Classic Rink at Ralph Wilson Stadium. 

For more information on the Time Warner Cable Classic Rink, log onto www.thinkrink.org.

To schedule ice time, please call 716-628-0036 or email?earink@thinkrink.org.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82