Whitestown – Since it looks and feels like winter outside, what could be better than a good old fashioned hockey game inside? Better still, how about a whole bunch of mid-March hockey games?
If hockey is your thing, like it is for the hundreds of players and family members taking part in the Whitestown Youth Hockey Shamrock Showdown, then the Whitestown Community Center is the place for you this weekend.
Since Friday afternoon, eighteen (18) “Mite” hockey teams (ages 8 and under) from across New York State have been pushing pucks around two rinks set up for the sport’s youngest competitive age group.
Once again, the Whitestown Youth Hockey Association, under the terrific organization of Tournament Director Sarah Bowers (along with a small army of volunteers), have gone above and beyond when it comes to providing a great environment for the visiting teams.
Players, fans and families can enjoy some great local and home made food, a huge raffle table and some great local products all weekend long.
The host “Wolfpack” has 4 teams entered in this weekend’s event, along with 4 from nearby Rome Youth Hockey, 3 from Saratoga, along with teams from Clifton Park, 3 from Valley (Syracuse), 1 from Monroe County and 3 from Camillus.
The Shamrock Showdown is one of several tournaments hosted by the Whitestown Youth Hockey Association each season. Whitestown is comprised of more than 200 boys and girls ranging in age from 4 to 18.
The Shamrock Showdown is not only a major fundraiser for Whitestown Youth Hockey Association, but a also a big boost to the local economy, with approximately 100 families staying in local hotels, eating in local restaurants and shopping in local stores during the three day event.
Play continues into the evening on Saturday, with championship games in three divisions slated for Sunday morning.
Congratulations to all participants as well as the Whitestown Youth Hockey Association for putting on yet another first class tournament!