Winter Classic Returns to Buffalo

If you enjoy the NHL winter classic and the atmosphere only part of playing in the open air, then the this is the tournament for you. TCH Hockey is inviting all teams to the Winter Classic Tournament to be held in Buffalo this upcoming season, from the 23rd of November to the 25th and from the 1st of February until the 3rd in 2019.

RiverWorks Ice Rink

The host rinks to the two events are The Healthy Zone and Buffalo’s newest premier RiverWorks, music, entertainment, boating, waterfront and sports destination located on the Buffalo River banks. RiverWorks also offers two ice rinks with open sides, a metal pavilion to provide shelter while still offering an outdoor feel which includes locker rooms that are heated. Part of RiverWorks is the 6,000 square foot area that offers entertainment and outstanding food.

Healthy Zone Rink

On the other hand, the Healthy Zone Rink is a true assist to both the Western New York Community and the East Aurora since its opening in 2008. It is an outdoor venue with a pavilion-style roof, a warming hut that offers fireplaces, a snack bar and television while the facility also includes heated locker rooms. It features one ice rink covered by the pavilion and its open sides offer a great view of the one of a kind, destination. The Health Zone is home to local shops and charming restaurants and located near Main Street.

Event Dates 2018 & 2019

For each event there, a limit on the number of teams that can enter the event, and it is highly recommended that teams register early as it is a first come, first serve basis. Last season the tournament sold out quickly and had well over 125 teams entering. The first event takes place over the Thanksgiving weekend in November from the 23rd to the 25th. The next event then takes place at the start of the new year on the 1st to the 3rd of February 2019.

Team Fees

The team fees start from $695 to $1250 and all teams paying two months prior to the event in full will receive an early bird discount of $50.

2018/2019 Tournament Highlights

The upcoming tournament highlights include that both the first and second team will receive a team trophy as well as custom medals. Signed memorabilia is part of the free tournament raffle and customised photos of teams will the taken by on-site photographers.

Discounted Hotel Rates at all Local Hotels

There will be no fees at the gate and all local hotels have agreed to charge discounted rates, while the tournament director and a team of staff will always be available during the tournaments. Some of the championship games might start at 5 pm. Teams need to reserve their hotel accommodation well in advance and travel permits need to be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event. This year the tournament is bound to attract even more teams than last year and TCS Hockey looks forward to the two upcoming events with great excitement.

Gambling Laws in New Jersey

Often thought of as the most moderate in the country, New Jersey gambling laws have recently opened the doors to online casino gambling. The garden state has a long history in gambling and was the home of the very first casino in Atlantic City. Recent changes to the laws in both poker and casino permit citizens access to online gambling.

Sports betting in New Jersey

As recent as a month ago the optimistic David Rebuck, Director of Gaming Enforcement in New Jersey mad a statement that by July this year he aims for the Garden State to be the top United States sports betting market.
Bordered on the east and north by New York, the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Delaware and Pennsylvania to the southwest, it is the fourth-smallest state, although New Jersey is the eleventh most populated, and in 2017 an estimated 9 million residents called New Jersey home. It is the most densely populated US state and the third wealthiest by income per household.

New Jersey Biggest Sports Betting Market in the US

Should California and New York go live in the sports betting market, New Jersey could find it a tall order to provide larger sports betting market, yet it is not far-fetched. According to the latest DGE on the 12th of July 2018, the total gambling revenue in June reached $233.6 million in New Jersey. When compared to the corresponding month last year it indicates an increase of 7.3%.

To put these figures into perspective, the Gaming Control Board of Nevada revealed in January that the strip collected around $572 million in winnings from gamblers in December 2017 alone. In the case of Nevada, it represents a decline in profits of 3.2% when compared to the same month one year earlier.

Online Sportsbook Live in New Jersey

Online sportsbooks live in New Jersey include Caesars, William Hill, PlayMGM, SugarHouse, DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook. The first to launch on mobile was DraftKings who held the monopoly for three weeks since PlayMGM launched its sports betting app on the 22nd of August.

Racetracks and Casinos in New Jersey are allowed to form partnerships with up to a maximum of three online sports betting sites, although they first need to have a physical sportsbook. At the moment, eight of the casinos in New Jersey have retail sportsbooks.

Once the Supreme Court ruling unlocked the legal sports betting option, it was a race to become the first to allow sports betting. The race was won by Delaware according to online reports who started accepting wagers on sports from Tuesday on soccer, hockey, golf, football, MMA/boxing, baseball and auto racing. NJ state Gambling Laws allow sports betting both for online wagering and physical sportsbooks and on the 8th of September DraftKings celebrated a million bets. They feel the start of the NFL season increase the pace rapidly in reaching this astonishing milestone.

Buffalo: An Ice Hockey Heaven

When the Buffalo Sabres were purchased by Terry Pegula in early 2011, hockey fans were rather sceptical as no one ever heard of the multi-billionaire with business interests in real estate, natural gas, and entertainment. However, doubt was instantly removed from fans when Pegula stated that the reason for the Buffalo Sabre’s existence was to win a Stanley Cup.
It’s been nearly eight years since the multi-billionaire from Pennsylvania purchased the Buffalo Sabres and he still hasn’t delivered on his promise that the Buffalo ice hockey team will bring back a Stanley Cup. In all honesty, the team has been performing quite poorly under the ownership of Pegula. The Buffalo Sabres have made it to the playoffs only once since Pegula purchased the team.

However, one of the statements that were made when Pegula purchased the Buffalo Sabres did indeed come true. In his introduction, after purchasing the team, he stated that his biggest goal was to transform Buffalo into a hockey heaven and this is exactly what is currently happening thanks to Harbor Center.

Harbor Center

When Pegula decided to purchase the Buffalo Sabres in 2011, things in Buffalo wasn’t great. The city was essentially in a rut which it has been for most of the 20th century to be honest. Little to no development took place in the downtown area of the city which caused most of the life-long residents in Buffalo to up and leave. The city managed to earn the awful “The Armpit in the East” nickname and the city certainly lived up to its name.

Obviously, fans weren’t too proud to live in a city like this and Pegula certainly wanted to change this for the better. He managed to accomplish this by constructing a state-of-the-art facility known as Harbor Center. It’s now considered to be one of the most sought-after hockey buildings in the world. In 2012, it was announced that Harbor Center will be the premier ice hockey facility in the state. The arena, consisting of a two-story restaurant with two ice rinks and a Marriot hotel, opened its doors in the fall of 2014.

The Harbor Center has almost single-handedly brought back tourism in the downtown area of Buffalo. This incredible facility has hosted multiple hockey tournaments since it opened its doors and has been visited by more than 200 teams situated around North America.

The Harbor Center also serves as a home for several different teams

With seating for over 1,800 people, the Key Bank Rink is home to the OJHL Buffalo Jr. Sabres and the NCAA’s Canisius Golden Griffins. It’s also home to the NWHL Buffalo Beauts who are one of only four teams in the National Women’s Hockey League. This amazing arena also played host to the NWHL inaugural All-Star Game that managed to draw more than 1,000 fans to the event.

The Harbor Center has allowed the city of Buffalo to play host to several prestigious events that it previously could only dream of. It’s for this reason that Buffalo is now considered a hockey heaven, thanks Pegula.