This past weekend the Buffalo Bisons U16/19 girls played the Wheatfield boys teams coaches. The Wheatfield organization in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month has been holding a number of events to raise awareness and reached out to the Bisons girls for an evening of hockey. The jerseys were pink as was the dress of most of the spectators and the overall decorations of the rink. The United Materials pink cement truck was on hand along with the large breast cancer screening pink RV.
The Wheatfield coaches got up to an early 2-0 lead and figured that they would settle down being out in front and go easy on the girls. Somewhere in the second period after awarded a couple of penalty shots, and a couple of genuine "snipes" the girls found themselves up 5-3. The men also had their opportunities with penalty shots and several great goal scoring chances only to find themselves stoned by the U16 goalie, Lindsay Browning. The men decided to turn the heat up only to find out that Body and Mind were not exactly in sync post 30 years of age and about 20 minutes of fast paced hockey. The eventual outcome was with the girls winning 8-4. The girls had a special guest in player/coach Shelley Looney who came out of Olympic retirement to support her girls on the ice.
The game aside, the men and girls were so excited to participate in a fun filled evening with great sportsmanship and all for a wonderful cause. A special thanks to organizers Dave Cannon and Ken Franasiak from Wheatfield.
Starting Monday April 7th we embark on a new chapter for Bison Hockey. We are going to intensify our commitment to skill development. We are going to provide more assistance to our coaches. We are going to design our teaching to be more age appropriate and tailored to the particular skill levels of our players at each age increment.
The hiring of Shelley Looney as Hockey Director is a pivotal step in the new direction we are taking. Shelley will be on the ice all week during our Spring Tryouts. Shelley is excited to get going and meet the players in our program
We want to encourage every player to introduce themselves to Shelley when they step on the ice for tryouts.
In the coming months, as we prepare for next season Shelley will be busy developing our curriculum, at each age level. Shelley and all of our volunteer coaches will work closely to coordinate the integration of skills into all team practices. Along with our coaches, Bison Hockey will also be sure to educate our players and parents on the upcoming season. We intend to be very clear in communicating our expectations for everyone involved in our program next season.
Enrollments at Bison Hockey today exceed 400 players, ranging from ages 3-18. That represents a wide range of player needs & capacity. Our goal is to help develop our players so they can increase their skating skills and begin to enjoy the great game of hockey as they become stronger and more capable on the ice.
See you at the rink.