Several hundred players from 41 teams spanning the United States and Canada converged at the IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston, Pennsylvania for the OneHockey Summer Challenge this past weekend.
All told, teams from Delaware, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania as well as teams from the Canadian Provinces of Alberta and Ontario were on hand for the weekend-long event which was a huge success culminating in the crowning of seven tournament champions in multiple age groups.
The Aston Selects put three teams in the finals, winning two, as the 98/99/00 and 2001 teams emerged victorious.
“It was a great event and I was happy to be a part of it,” local hockey ambassador and former NHL player Jim Dowd said. “Sebastien Fortier runs a top notch tournament, everything you could ask for in a tournament and then some.”
Already a world-wide phenomenon, OneHockey will attempt to set a new Guiness World Record for the largest tournament ever at its 2018 Holiday Invite this season. The unprecedented, four-day Christmas vacation event which will feature as many as 1,000 teams in both boys and girls divisions estimated to number more than 23,000 players from 10 countries squaring off on more than 75 sheets of ice is one of the most highly-anticipated events of the upcoming hockey season and this past weekend’s Summer Challenge was a great preview of more to come.
“Philadelphia is our favorite spot. We always look forward to coming back every year,” OneHockey’s Sebastien Fortier said.
“We have many friends here and even extended our stay to play golf and enjoy the area,” Fortier added. “We have many more tournaments this season with USA Hockey on the east coast and look forward to seeing these same teams attend.”
Here is a recap of the OneHockey Summer Challenge Festivities:
2008 Championship: Philadelphia St. Pats 9, Tampa Bay Bulls 6
2006 Championship: G1 Hockey 5, 621 Hockey Selects 3
2005 Championship: Westchester Warriors 10, Florida Falcons 3
Anthony Cappello and Andrew Migliore each collected three goals and three assists to lead the Westchester Warriors to victory in the final of the 2005 game. Nicholas Delia scored twice and Joey Mallozzi and Andrew Fenninger also found the back of the net for the champions.
2004 Championship: Syracuse Cadets 6, Aston Selects 3
Spencer Sasenbury and Ryan Dickinson each found the back of the net twice and Luke Dwyer and Michael Kadlacek also scored to propel Syracuse to a triumph in 2004 Division play. Sasenbury also picked up a pair of assists and Jason Shafer and Cad Cranston also found the scoresheet in the victory.
The Cadets received a standout performance from goalie Waylon Esche in between the pipes.
2003 Championship: Palmyra Black Knights 6, Proven Performance Hockey 3
2001 Championship: Aston Selects 7, G1 Hockey 4
Chase Dyar turned in a hat trick and Julian Boisclair scored twice to power the Aston Selects to victory in the final of the 2001 game. Luke Washco had three assists and Cameron Chandler and Dan Morris also hit for the Aston Selects, which used Max Hunt in between the pipes.
Luke Day, Andy Hadar, Mike Heller and Dakota Oyuela scored for G1 Hockey.
1998/1999/2000 Championship: Aston Selects 3, Starzi 0
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Main Image: OneHockey Summer Challenge 2004 Tournament Champion Syracuse Cadets