The National Women’s Hockey League announced on Monday that the New York Riveters will take on the Buffalo Beauts in a neutral site battle at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex in Rochester, New York.
The defending Isobel Cup Champions, Beauts will host the Riveters at the 2,500-seat venue on Saturday November 4 at 7:30 pm. The league was invited to Rochester by the directors of the Bauer Fire on Ice Tournament, which will also be held at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex during the same weekend.
Bauer Fire on Ice is one of the largest girls’ ice hockey tournaments in the world. The tournament is produced by LEGACY Global Sports, an event management company based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Last year Bauer Fire on Ice, drew 166 teams and more than 2,500 athletes from Arizona, California, Washington, Colorado, British Columbia, Ontario as well as many other communities across North America.
Tournament Director, Paul Maciejewski said, “LEGACY Sports is beyond thrilled to have the NWHL play a game during our Bauer Fire on Ice Tournament. We strive to make each, and every tournament a world-class event while impacting the lives of young athletes. By bringing the NWHL to Rochester and Fire on Ice, it is a tremendous opportunity for over 2,000 female youth hockey players to watch high-level professional women’s hockey while learning about the league, players and being able to set their goals and dreams in this great sport.”
NWHL Commissioner, Dani Rylan added, “We can’t wait to bring the NWHL to Rochester. To grow the league and promote the women’s game, one of our goals is to present NWHL games in different settings. We are proud to showcase our players before the thousands of girls’ hockey participants in the Fire on Ice Tournament.”
Earlier in the summer the league also announced a neutral site game, between the Connecticut Whale and the Beauts, at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, on January 14, 2018. The 2018 NWHL All-Star Game will also be played in a market outside of the league’s four cities.
The full 2017-2018 NWHL schedule is expected to be released within the next few weeks and ticket information for the neutral site games will be announced at a later date.