Philadelphia, PA (March 17, 2015) - Team Comcast Youth Hockey Club will be sending two of its teams to USA Hockey’s Tier I National Championships in Amherst, NY, on Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, March 30. USA Hockey conducts national championships for three Tier I “AAA” age levels - 14U, 16U & 18U. Tournament schedules can be found at www.USAHockey.com
Team Comcast 16U (under 16 years of age) secured its bid to Amherst after winning both of its games (3-1, 6-1) against the Valley Forge Minutemen at the Atlantic District’s regional qualifier this past weekend. Shortly after, Team Comcast 14U (under 14 years of age) also secured its bid for the region by beating the North Jersey Avalanche in a best of three series, two games to one.
Former Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher coaches Team Comcast 16U and Pat Ferrill, Flyers Skate Zone Executive, coaches Team Comcast 14U.
Leading up to championship weekend, USA Hockey will seed the 16 participating teams in each age bracket for the tournament. Of the 16 teams participating per age level, each team represents a region of the United States and will compete with four additional “at-large” teams. Team Comcast will represent the Atlantic District, where New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Delaware also compete.
Team Comcast Youth Hockey Club spans five age divisions including kids between the ages of nine and 19. The Club prides itself on player development, both on and off the ice while maximizing exposure for players to higher levels of hockey. While accomplishing these goals, Team Comcast has helped its players to succeed in following their dreams to play Division I, III, and ACHA college hockey. Team Comcast has seen 47 of its current and former players commit to division one college hockey programs within the last few years.
Team Comcast competes at Virtua Health Flyers Skate Zone Pennsauken. Flyers Skate Zone is a series of community ice hockey rinks owned and operated by Comcast-Spectacor.
Comcast – Spectactor (comcast-spectacor.com), which operates in 48 of the 50 United States, is the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company which owns the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), the home arena for both the Flyers and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, the Wells Fargo Center, and four Flyers Skate Zone community ice skating and hockey rinks. In addition, Comcast-Spectacor is also the principal owner of Global Spectrum, the fastest growing firm in the public assembly management field with more than 120 facilities throughout the United States and Canada; Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage service provider; Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company; FanOne, a digital fan marketing company; and Paciolan, the leading provider of venue enablement, ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions.