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DELMAR: Open ice for everyone

Emmerson, 21, and his Sabre teammates also have the opportunity to play in the Ontario Sledge Hockey Association, which gives them added playing time.

"We play at least two (league) games a month " one home, and one away," said Balsdon.

The home games are extra special for the Buffalo players. They skate at HSBC Arena, which is the home of the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres.

"Just to skate on the same ice as the players I grew up watching is amazing. It's so much fun," said Emmerson.

The Bethlehem Youth Hockey program won't be playing its home games at a major league arena like the Sabres, but Kim Wilson said the excitement throughout the region is palpable.

"I've had several people call me already about it," she said.

For information on Bethlehem Youth Hockey's sled hockey program, call Kim Wilson at 475-1077.""

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