11 Day Power Play goes to the streets

Ice hockey charity event now street hockey at Riverworks

Mike Baggerman
July 31, 2020 - 12:37 pm
Hockey rink at Buffalo Riverworks. July 31, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Hockey rink at Buffalo Riverworks. July 31, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The 11 Day Power Play will be "reimagined" this year as a street hockey tournament that will take place at Buffalo Riverworks from August 19-30.

"We have to keep the number (of people) under 50," Amy Lesakowski, co-founder of the annual charity event, said. "We've been in contact with the department of health and our local officials to make sure that our plans are following guidelines. We will be having teams come in and out. They won't really pass each other. They'll have a two hour block with each team. They'll have 15 minutes to arrive onto the rink and 15 minutes to leave and we will disinfect high-touch areas to keep it as safe as possible."

There were 115 teams previously signed up for the annual event that typically takes place as Harborcenter. Lesakowski said there will be fewer teams because some teams had planned vacations and  players attending college. Still, they anticipate upwards of 2,000 players participating in the annual event which raises funds for Roswell Park, Camp Good Days, Make-A-Wish, and, this year, Oishei Children's Hospital.

"These beneficiaries need us now more than ever," Lesakowski said. "They will be supporting us throughout the event. We're very happy to have the support from our community."

The 11 Day Power Play is about $65,000 short of meeting their goal of $1 million.

Despite coronavirus canceling most events in the community this year, Lesakowski said they've pivoted on several ideas including having teams create their own challenges. She said once sports were allowed to happen, they thought about having a street hockey tournament outside. The street hockey concept was popular among participants.

The 11 Day Power Play will be live streamed on their YouTube channel.

More on the annual event can be found here

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