"Let's team up for 24 hours of ice hockey while joining forces to support local heart care" was a statement made during a press conference held at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena on Friday, Jan. 30, when Brian Cersosimo, JSBA general manager, announced the inaugural 24-Hour James(hockey)town Ice Hockey extravaganza that will take center rink to support the WCA Heart Center and Kraft Hockeyville for 24 hours of nonstop ice hockey games and family fun for everyone.
The event, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, and continue nonstop through Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., will be held in conjunction with Kraft Hockeyville
, an annual competition sponsored by Kraft Foods
, the National Hockey League
and the NHL Players' Association
, in which communities are invited to compete to show their commitment to the sport of ice hockey.
Chautauqua County residents are encouraged to go online and nominate the local rink at krafthockeyville.com
and vote Jamestown Savings Bank Arena their community rink for hockey.
"No matter your age, young or old, this first-time hockey spectacular is sure to be a big crowd pleaser," said Brian Cersosimo
, supporting team owner of the Xpress
Southern Tier Hockey team.
"We will wow the crowds with nonstop ice hockey that starts at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 27 with a ceremonial puck drop to kick off the opening game and end at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 with a closing ceremony that will bring 24 hours of straight hockey to a close.
A portion of proceeds from the event will support the WCA Heart Center
"February is American Heart Month and we thought this would be a natural fit to use this event opportunity to raise awareness of heart disease," said Cersosimo
, who was treated at the WCA Heart Center
"I lost my Dad two weeks ago to heart disease and my wife passed away at a very young age to the same illness.
was too young to worry about heart disease.
A heart survivor myself, I understand the importance of raising community awareness that by adopting simple lifestyle changes and recognizing the early signs and symptoms of a heart attack we can live a long, heart-healthy life.
This event is a chance for us to bring two incredible establishments together that, among others, is the life blood and heart of this community."
State Assemblyman Andy Goodell and Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan, echoed the sentiments of Cersosimo during the press conference by expressing their excitement for what will unfold at the end of February.
"You don't have to attend the event to show America that you really love hockey," Brian