BUFFALO, NY - HarborCenter will be the new home of ECC Kats hockey.
The partnership that begins with 2014-15 season was announced this afternoon.
"Welcoming the ECC Kats Hockey Program further affirms our commitment to hockey development," HarborCenter President John R. Koelmel said. "It is our goal to improve hockey at all levels. With the help of our state of the art facilities, ECC will be able to offer its student athletes a high level opportunity that far exceeds a typical junior collegiate hockey program."
ECC President Jack Quinn thanked HarborCenter for "making this partnership a reality."
"ECC, whether with our picturesque City Campus or career-focused students, has always had a strong presence in downtown Buffalo. But to be involved with one of the most impressive developments in this city's history just takes that presence to another level," he said.
The ECC Kats Hockey Program competes in Region III of the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) and is an independent member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). Under NJCAA rules, the program competes in a total of 26 regular season games against both Region and ACHA teams. The Kats won a national championship in 2011.
Scheduled to open this fall, HarborCenter will be home to two NHL size ice surfaces, with a seating capacity of 1,800 on Rink 1 where ECC will play, the Academy of Hockey, IMPACT Sports Performance training facility, (716) Food And Sport restaurant, a Tim Hortons Café and Bake Shop, and a 750 space parking ramp. A 205 room, full-service Marriott Hotel will open in the complex in the spring of 2015.