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.

UB is headed to Nattys!!!

The University at Buffalo ACHA D1 Men’s Hockey Team is headed to The ACHA Men’s Division I National Championships for the first time in over 10 years.

The Bulls will take on #16 University of Colorado at 5pm on Thursday, March 5th at the OBM Arena in Strongsville, OH, hosted by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and John Carroll University.

UB ended the regular season at #17 in the nation to earn an at large bid to The ACHA Men’s Division I National Championships from March 5th – 10th.

If UB is victorious in their first game they will take on #1 Arizona State University Sun Devils (Defending Champion) on Friday, March 6th.

UB Family, Friends, and Fans stay tuned for the hotel accommodations information.

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Link to: ACHA Men’s Division I National Championships Schedule

Link to: ACHA Men’s Division I National Championships Bracket

Link to The tournament website:


UNION LAKE, MI – Arizona State University is the #1 team in the 2014-2015 ACHA Men’s Division 1 Ranking #18 and will enter the 2015 ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Championships looking to defend its title as the top seed before jumping up to NCAA Men’s Division I next season.  The Sun Devils took home the Western Collegiate Hockey League Regular Season Championship for the second year in a row and boast a 31-3-1 record.  #2 Central Oklahoma swept arch-rival Oklahoma in a home-and-home series, winning 2-0 at home on Friday before squeaking out a 2-1 overtime-shootout win on Saturday on the road.  With the Bronchos holding down the #2 seed, the Western Collegiate Hockey League will send the top two seeds to the 2015 ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Championships.  Minot State held the #3 spot after a 12-3 thrashing of NJCAA Dakota College at Bottineau, and the #3 seeded Beavers will look to regain the title they won in 2013.  Robert Morris Illinois swept league-rival Lindenwood over the weekend (3-1, 3-0) and will enter the tournament as the #4 seed, looking to improve on its Runners-Up finish in the 2014 National Championship Game.  Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League Regular Season Champions Stony Brook swept Lebanon Valley(2-0, 6-1) and will enter as the #5 seed, looking to improve on its semi-finals appearance a year ago at nationals.

This ranking marks the deadline for choosing the 20 participating teams for the 2015 ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Championships.  The top 14 teams in the ranking will all return to the 2015 ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Championships, including #6 seed Ohio (Central States Collegiate Hockey League Regular Season Champions); #7 seed Oklahoma; #8 seed Adrian (Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League Regular Season Champions); #9 seed Lindenwood; #10 seed Iowa State; #11 seed Liberty; #12 seed Rhode Island; #13 seed Illinois; and #14 seed Davenport.  Joining those 14 schools will be 6 new teams that did not participate a year ago: #15 seed Niagara (Northeast Collegiate Hockey League Regular Season Champions); #16 seed Colorado; #17 seed Buffalo; #18 seed Robert Morris Pennsylvania (College Hockey Mid-America Regular Season Champions); #19 seed Villanova (Eastern Collegiate Hockey League Regular Season Champions); and the host of this years tournament, #20 seed John Carroll.

National Tournament Breakdown by leagues:

5 – (CSCHL) Central States Collegiate Hockey League – Robert Morris Illinois, Ohio, Lindenwood, Iowa State, Illinois

4 – (WCHL) Western Collegiate Hockey League – Arizona State, Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma, Colorado

2 – (CHMA) College Hockey Mid-America -Robert Morris Pennsylvania, John Carroll

2 – (ESCHL) Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League – Stony Brook, Rhode Island

2 – (GLCHL) Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League – Adrian, Davenport

2 – Independent – Minot State, Liberty

2 – (NECHL) Northeast Collegiate Hockey League – Niagara, Buffalo

1 – (ECHA) Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association – Villanova

This week’s big gainers were #11 Liberty (up 2 spots), #19 Syracuse (up 2 spots), and #23 Navy (up 2 spots).

The Western Collegiate Hockey League leads the way with all 6 of its member teams being ranked, as does the 5-team Central States Collegiate Hockey, followed by the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League and the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League, which each have 4 ranked teams in the Top 25.

Over the past twelve seasons, 10 different schools have won the ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Championship: Illinois (2), Lindenwood (2), Arizona State, Davenport, Delaware, Minot State, Oakland, Ohio, Penn State, and Rhode Island.

Beginning its 24th season of action, there have been a total of 12 schools that have won the ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Championship:

  • Penn State (5 times)
  • Ohio (4 times)
  • Illinois (2 times)
  • Lindenwood (2 times)
  • North Dakota State (2 times)
  • Arizona State
  • Davenport
  • Delaware
  • Iowa State
  • Minot State
  • Oakland
  • Rhode Island

54 teams will compete in Men’s Division 1 this season, including two new teams: Midland University, located in Fremont, NE, and the Indiana Institute of Technology, located in Fort Wayne, IN.

Here is how the ranking is going to work using the computers:  The ACHA will use the two computer rankings generated by, Ranking A (Wins with Maximum Goal Differential of 7) and Ranking B (Wins with Maximum Goal Differential of 1), and come up with an average of the two rankings.  The ACHA will then use the list generated from the average for its weekly ranking.  Ties will be broken using the higher ranked team from Ranking B until the Top 25 teams are listed.  Games that go to a shootout will be scored as ties.

The computer ranking will for the second time determine the 20 teams that qualify for the 2015 ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Championships, which will include the following seven autobids:

  • (CHMA) College Hockey Mid-America – ROBERT MORRIS PENNSYLVANIA
  • (ECHA) Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association- VILLANOVA
  • (ESCHL) Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League- STONY BROOK
  • (GLCHL) Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League – ADRIAN
  • (NECHL) Northeast Collegiate Hockey League – NIAGARA
  • (WCHL) Western Collegiate Hockey League- ARIZONA STATE

The 19th ranking of the regular season will be released on Friday, February 27, 2015.

The 2015 ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Championships will be hosted March 5-10 by John Carroll University and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission at the OBM Arena in Strongsville, OH. This will be the fourth year of the 20-team format.

2014-2015 ACHA Men’s Division 1 Ranking #18


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UB Hockey is headed to The ACHA Men’s Division I National Championships for the first time in over 10 years. UB Hockey ended the regular season at #17 in the nation to earn a spot in The ACHA Men’s Division I National Championships from March 5th – 10th.  They will take on #16 University of Colorado at 5pm on Thursday, March 5thand they need your help getting to Nationals.

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NECHL Playoffs : UB Hockey

UB Hockey NECHL Playoff – Possible Game Schedule:

Quarterfinals: Friday 2/20  @  Onondaga Nation Arena

Game 1: 4:00pm – #3 Buffalo vs. #6 Oswego

Game 2: 7:30pm – #4 Cortland  vs. #5  RIT

Semifinals: Saturday 2/21 @ Tennity Ice Pavilion

Game 3: 2:30pm – #1 Niagara vs. lowest seed #

Game 4: 6:30pm   #2 Syracuse vs. #3 Buffalo*

Finals: Sunday 2/22 @ Tennity Ice Pavilion

Game 5: 4:00pm – Game 3 Winner vs. #3 Buffalo*

*If Buffalo Wins and Advances


All Students are Free

$15  Weekend Pass  – include all games fri, sat, sun

$10      Day Pass: Quarterfinal Day or Semi & Final  only  – includes fri games or sat & sun games only

$5        Final Only – includes sun final only 

NECHL Roadtrip

Buffalo is 22 – 6 – 1 on the season, and 6 – 3 – 1 in NECHL play.

With 3 weeks to play the Bulls have 3 NECHL games (1 home & 2 away) to conclude the 2014-2015 regular season.

This coming weekend UB will take on Cortland (2/6) and Binghamton (2/7).

Over the next two weeks the Bulls hope to secure a trip to the 2015 NECHL Playoffs in Syracuse, NY from  February 20 – 22 and trip to the ACHA 2015 Men’s Division 1 National Championships in Cleveland, OH from March 5 – 9.

02/06/2015 @ Cortland 7:00 pm Park Center Alumni Arena
02/07/2015 @ Binghamton 8:15 pm Chenango Ice Rink
02/13/2015 vs. St. Bonaventure 7:30 pm Northtown Center (SENIOR NIGHT)

OUTDOOR GAME: #17 Buffalo vs. Kent St

The Buffalo Bulls will be hosting Kent State on Friday, December 5th at 7:30pm at the Northtown Center at Amherst.

Then on Saturday, December 6th both teams will be heading outdoors.

The game will be played outdoors at The Healthy Zone Rink in East Aurora, NY

Address to the rink:  41 Riley Street, East Aurora, NY 14052

Game time is set for 3:15pm

At the conclusion of the game there will be free open skate with the UB Hockey team for all families, friends, and fans who attend the game.

Please bring your ice skates and dress warm.