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Empire State Development Tour Begins Sunday

By, 09/04/13, 10:30AM MDT


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey's American Development Model will be showcased in New York with a week-long, seven-stop Empire State Development Tour that will begin Sunday in Bethpage, N.Y., and finish on Sat., Sept. 14, at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

The American Development Model is USA Hockey's nationwide player development program that is being implemented by associations across the country. With the support of the National Hockey League, the ADM was launched in 2009 and is based on age-appropriate learning for players of all ability levels.

Each stop on the tour will consist of both an on- and off-ice component, led by Matt Herr, USA Hockey's ADM regional manager servicing New York, and Mike Lukken, coordinator of program services at USA Hockey. The tour is in cooperation with the New York State Amateur Hockey Association.

Additionally, the three National Hockey League clubs in New York -- the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders and New York Rangers -- will participate in the USA Hockey Empire State Development Tour, with select NHL alumni scheduled to take part in the on-ice ADM clinics.


Date Location Time
Sun., 9/8 Bethpage Community Park, Bethpage 9:30 a.m.
Mon., 9/9 Brewster Ice Arena, Westchester 5:30 p.m.
Tues., 9/10 Clifton Park Arena, Clifton Park 5:15 p.m.
Wed., 9/11 Olympic Center, Lake Placid 5:00 p.m.
Thurs., 9/12 Cicero Twin Rinks, Syracuse 5:00 p.m.
Fri., 9/13 Bill Greys Iceplex, Rochester 6:00 p.m.
Sat., 9/14 First Niagara Center, Buffalo 6:00 p.m.

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