Bethpage’s Ice Skating Center will play host to the Town of Oyster Bay’s All-Star Ice Hockey Invitational on Saturday, March 10, bringing together star athletes from middle schools, junior varsity and varsity levels for three games.
The actions checks in with the Middle School All-Star game at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Junior Varsity All-Star game at 7:15 p.m. and finally the Varsity take the ice at 9 p.m.
“The Town of Oyster Bay All-Star Ice Hockey Invitational showcases players ascending through the ranks, including those seeking to one day further their educations through athletics,” said Supervisor Joseph Saladino. “This invitational is an exciting opportunity for these young athletes and the culmination of a season of hard work and dedication. Players feel a tremendous sense of pride wearing the jersey of an All-Star and skating alongside teammates and opponents who have been similarly honored.”
Tony DeMayo, president of the High School Hockey League of Nassau County, said the players get a competitive jolt facing off against the best of the best in the All-Star Invitational.
“Playing in this game is the culmination of years of dedication to the sport and it is great to see the participants honored in this way,” said DeMayo. “It’s always a pleasure to work with the Town of Oyster Bay, because they share our commitment to foster and promote, honesty, integrity, good sportsmanship, good fellowship, self-discipline, fairness, self-reliance, teamwork, self-confidence, leadership skills, and positive decision making through the sport of ice hockey.”
Admission into the event is free, however residents are encouraged to help others by donating two canned goods, which will be collected at the event by Island Harvest as part of Hockey Fights Hunger program, a program that utilizes hockey at all levels to help provide meals for those in need.
Town Councilman Joseph Muscarella said that as ne of the best rinks on the island, the Bethpage Ice Skating Center is the perfect venue for this star-studded event.
“The Town of Oyster Bay is looking forward to hosting these high level hockey contests,” he said. “We are proud of these outstanding young hockey players and take pride in hosting this invitational at our outstanding rink, which serves as a perfect venue for these hockey contests. The Ice Skating Center has been named the best on Long Island for years and players get excited about playing here.”
For more information about the All-Star Ice Hockey Invitational, contact the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center at 516-433-7465 or visit www.oysterbaytown.com.