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Local ice hockey tournament brings out the very best, youth shine

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) - The Elmira Jackals hosted a youth hockey tournament at First Arena.

The second annual event called "February Freeze" brought out the very best in youth hockey from across New York State. 

Kids of all ages came out to compete and excercise their atheltic skills on the ice. 

"I'm really happy to be here because I really want to win it," said one hockey player.

Parents, as well, felt ready to tackle the day with their kids.

"We're really excited  gives us an opportunity to play some teams outside the Rochester area, " said Steve Voyzuck.

One of the bright spots of the tournament is the raising of money aspect. These major outings are expensive. In order to get leagues the exposure they need to play other competition, fundraising is crucial. 

"Any of the money raised from this tournament goes to our JAMS fees," said Elmira Hockey Youth Hockey President Deb Benjamin. "JAM is our Championship division. The games that are played for each division at the end of the season," added Benjamin.

Many of the teams are coming from Rochester, Oswego, and even Syracuse to compete.

One parent expressed his pride. Win, lose, or draw, he will support his child.

"It's really enjoyable to watch him pulling his teammates together and working together," said Phillip Johnson of Rochester.


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