Buffalo Wings Join XIHL
BUFFALO WINGS SEMI-PRO TEAM TO MAKE XIHL DEBUT
To play New Jersey Werewolves at Kenan Arena December 19th
The world‚??s premier roller hockey organization, the Buffalo Wings, is pleased to announce that they have entered their Nike-sponsored Buffalo Wings adult elite team in the recently formed ‚??pro-style‚?Ě eXtreme Inline Hockey League (XIHL). The Wings will play their only XIHL home game on Sunday, December 19th at 2pm against the New Jersey Werewolves. The game will be played in the middle of the Buffalo Wings organization‚??s perennial Xmas Winter Wings Cup Tournament for amateur roller hockey teams of all ages at Lockport‚??s Kenan Arena.
The XIHL is a full-contact, elite inline hockey league featuring the best roller hockey players in North America. Games are played in a ‚??pro-style‚?Ě format in a traditional geographic travel league structure and is operated with the highest level of integrity and professionalism. A Buffalo Wings pro team played in Roller Hockey International (RHI) and Major League Roller Hockey (MLRH), the last vestiges of over-budgeted pro roller hockey, from 1997 through 1999. RHI folded after the 1999 season.
The Wings‚?? organization is very excited to compliment its Nike-sponsored elite team efforts throughout the elite roller hockey tournament circuit (NARCh, TORHS, USA Hockey Inline) by competing in the newly formed XIHL. The Wings team is comprised entirely of extraordinarily talented home-grown roller hockey players. All have played in Buffalo Wings offerings, including the Buffalo Wings Roller Hockey League (BWRHL) and Buffalo Wings Cup Tournaments at one time or another throughout the organization‚??s history.
Buffalo Wings Roller Hockey League (BWRHL)-bred players who have made the team include captain Eric Haak (Lockport), nationally-ranked roller hockey goaltender Jason Flowers (Lancaster), 18 year-old sensation Kyle Baumgardner (Kenmore), and defensive forward Bart Nawojski (Depew), and old veteran RHI pugilist Ken Corp (Buffalo Riverside).
Despite the fact of the Nike Buffalo Wings semi-pro team is currently comprised almost entirely of players with no professional ice hockey experience (other than Corp), Haak is confident that, ‚??our home grown players want to prove to the roller hockey world that we have the best roller hockey players there are right here in our own Buffalo Wings organization.‚?Ě Flowers adds, ‚??Whenever our elite teams travel to other cities for national amateur tournaments, we‚??re always cognizant of putting Buffalo on the map by winning gold medals; now it‚??s for us to prove ourselves at this new semi-pro level.‚?Ě
They team will be facing XIHL opponents from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut for their inaugural season. The avian-reptiles on wheels will take on the rolling human-canine hybrids in the Sunday, December 19th at 2pm game to be taped by LCTV for television broadcast across Adelphia Cable.
Buffalo Wings organization founder and co-owner, Jason Klein, says, ‚??We‚??re guessing that there‚??s an un-satiated appetite of sorts for pro hockey of any kind right now in Western New York, semi-pro or otherwise, so we‚??re expecting a full house for our home game.‚?Ě
He adds, ‚??We have the best roller hockey goalie in the world in Jason Flowers, hard-to-hit-high-flying forwards that can put the puck in the net at any time, and pugilists that aren‚??t afraid to drop the gloves when needed.‚?Ě
Tickets are $5 per game and are now on sale by contacting the Buffalo Wings at 903-2658 or [email protected]. All participating players in the Xmas Winter Wings Cup tournament will be given one free ticket for each game.
The Buffalo Wings semi-pro team will be holding an open practice for the media at the Kenan Arena on Saturday, December 4th at 3pm. Open registration for the Buffalo Wings Xmas Winter Wings Cup ends on December 1st. Registration for the BWRHL winter session ends January 22nd.
For more information on the Buffalo Wings and XIHL, please visit www.buffalowings.net, or call Eric Haak at 716-903-2658, Jason Flowers at 716-444-2667, or Jason Klein, CEO of the Buffalo Wings, at 716-465-2345. For more information on the XIHL, please visit www.xihl.com, or contact Benny Gulakiw
Marketing & Public Relations Director, 716.491.2656, [email protected].
About the XIHL:
The XIHL is establishing a solid and stable foundation by joining together some of the most successful semi-pro roller hockey teams currently in existence with a number of new organizations that have confirmed their ability and willingness to operate at the highest level possible. Eventually, the XIHL plans to have teams located throughout North America competing for the ultimate prize in roller hockey, the XIHL Championship and its cash prize.
Buffalo Wings XIHL ‚??04-‚??05 schedule:
December 11th & 12th vs. Philadelphia Sting, Marple Gladiators (PA), and Ottakringer (NJ) at Garden State Ottakringer Festival, Flyers Skate Zone, Voorhees, NJ
December 19th vs. NJ Werewolves at Buffalo Wings Xmas Winter Wings Cup, Lockport, NY
January 2nd vs. NJ Werewolves at Bridgewater, NJ
January 22nd & 23rd XIHL Championships at TBA
About the Buffalo Wings:
The BWRHL was created in 1997 by Buffalo Wings owners Jason Klein and Dr. Frances Ann Edmonston. The Buffalo Wings operate the Niagara Frontier‚??s largest, most competitive, and highest quality inline hockey leagues and related offerings. About 30 roller and floor hockey teams play in the BWRHL‚??s fall and winter home at the Kenan Arena while approximately 100 teams are expected to comprise youth and adult divisions on the Sport Court and Spider Court surfaces at the Amherst Pepsi Center this spring and summer with league play beginning in early April.
The Buffalo Wings also offer multiple Nike-sponsored elite travel teams, high school and college divisions, camps & clinics, frequent ‚??Iron-Man‚?Ě tournaments, and the very popular Buffalo Wings Cup Tournaments in August and December as well as the NARCh Northeast Regional Tournament in June. The Buffalo Wings strive to be a world-class vertically integrated roller hockey organization for youth and adult participants and spectators of all ages and both genders with offerings for every level of play from beginner to pro.
Nike Buffalo Wings XIHL team roster:
Name Height Weight Hometown
Jason Flowers 5'10 185 Lancaster
Dale Gerbetz 6'0 170 Amherst
Brian Hardy 5'10 185 Kenmore
Nate Aldinger 5'10 195 Depew
Mike Angstenberger 5'8 215 Buffalo
Kyle Baumgardner 6'1 185 Kenmore
Greg Campbell 5'8 145 Cheektowaga
Ken Corp 5'6 165 Buffalo
Jason Downing 6'2 225 Depew
Jason Dudziak 5'10 165 Lancaster
Dave Gagliardi 5'8 245 Gasport
Eric Haak 6'0 207 Buffalo
Josh Monaco 5'11 195 Lancaster
Bart Nawojski 6'3 195 Depew
John Nowak 6'0 190 Cheektowaga
Jeremy O'neil 5'7 155 Kenmore
Ryan Perkins 5'11 150 Kenmore
Mike Vertino 5'10 190 Kenmore
Dan Wojewada 6'1 180 Lockport
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