The 11th annual King of The Wheels is coming up. After 10 years of running the tournament Derek Kern handing the reins over to Steve Kelly and Bryan Elfant. They are both great guys and will do a great job. Derek will be assisting them this year so any emails or texts with questions please include myself, Bryan and Steve. You will find their contact info on the registration form.
The deadline for registration and payment is October 20th. This year you can pay by check or via Paypal. If paying by PayPal you can fill out the registration form and email it back. After filling out the registration form you can click on the PayPal link on the bottom of the form and it will bring you directly to PayPal. If you are paying by check you still must mail in the form filled out with a check.
As always the tournament will be held at Skate Safe in Old Bethpage from November 4th to November 15th. Each team will play one day the 1st week (round robin) and one day the 2nd week (playoffs). All teams will play 3 games the first day and at least 2 games the second day.
The round robin will be played from November 4th to November 8th. Please list in order what days are best for your house on the registration form. Please indicate any days that don't work for your house that week on your registration form as well. Once the schedule is made it can't be changed. Please check on any house functions, boy’s night outs, weddings, ice hockey schedule and anything else that might cause a conflict. The playoffs will be held November 11th to November 15th and the day you play will be determined by how your team does in the round robin. Playoffs could be any day the week of November 11th.
The 46th Annual FDNY-NYPD Charity Game took place on Saturday, March 30th at Madison Square Garden to a sold out crowd of over 18,000 fans for the third time in four years. New York’s Bravest were wearing white while New York’s Finest wore blue. In a locker room presentation, the FDNY team presented the family of Michael Davidson E-69, who lost his life at a fire last year, with a check for $10,000. The on ice pre-game ceremony included the FDNY and NYPD Ceremonial Units, Pipes and Drums, Dignitaries, a ceremonial puck drop with the Davidson family and a moment of silence for all those we have lost on the last year from Line of Duty Deaths as well as 9/11 Related Illness. Municipal Credit Union and Ford made check presentations to both teams as well. Hooters was the official game sponsor.
Puck dropped at 11:55am and it was a close first period with neither team scoring. Anthony Antenucci opening the scoring for the FDNY at the 5 minute mark of the second period, on assists from Derek Kern and Joe Sanger. A little over 2 minutes later the NYPD tied it up with a goal from Lopes. (Assists - McAleer/Morales) NYPD took a 2-1 lead on a goal from Antonik with an assist from Hurley and Charlie Venticinque. NY’s Finest had a power play and was Ragone was able to score off an assist from McCreery.
Derek Kern (Assist - Thomas Esposito) score just 12 seconds into the third period to bring the FDNY to within one goal. Jim Becker ended up tying the game at 3-3 with a backhand shot up over the goalie. At 14:59, Anthony Antenucci scored his second of the game off a pass from John Sullivan to take the first Bravest lead of the day. Less than a minute later NYPD Antonitis scored to take away the FDNY lead and tie up the game at 4-4. The game ended regulation tied and ended up doing a 5 on 5 overtime for 5 minutes. A couple close calls but the game ran out of time and the two teams had to settle for a time.
Thank you to all our fans that came to the game and supported the team. Both teams were able to run a 50/50 and the donation of $10,000 went to the Ray Pfeifer Foundation. The team also did a t-shirt collaboration with the New York Ranger Fans Clothing Company, WeBleedBlue.com, and were able to raise another $4,000 for the Ray Pfeifer Foundation. The Ray Pfeifer Foundation are a charitable organization that are dedicated to assisting September 11th first responders, firefighters and police, with medical needs not covered by insurance. If you would like to donate to them, go to www.TheRayPfeiferFoundation.org.
The 46th Annual Charity Hockey game between New York City's BRAVEST and FINEST will take place once again at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2019.
Puck drop will be an early on at 11:30am. The FDNY will go for it's 3rd win in a row.
Tickets will go on sale soon...details to follow.
On Saturday, March 24, 2018 the FDNY faced off with the NYPD in the 45th Annual Charity Hockey Game. First Deputy Commissioner Laura Kavanagh represented the FDNY in the opening ceremony, and a moment of silence was held for members who made the Supreme Sacrifice this year in the line-of-duty - Lt. Christopher Raguso, Lt. Michael Davidson, Fire Marshal Christopher "Tripp" Zanetis and FF. William Tolley - and all those lost to illness as a result of the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center.
The FDNY Hockey Team made a $15,000 donation to the Ray Pfeifer Foundation. MCU made a $5,000 donation to the FDNY/NYPD Hockey Teams. Our team sponsor, Haix, also participated in the pre-game ceremony. It also was a celebration of 50 Years of Bravest Hockey, founded back in 1968, by members Tim Gallagher, Ed McLoughlin and Gene Scott. Ed dropped the ceremonial puck with long time GM Billy Kammerer for the FDNY while Gerry Cassagne dropped it for NYPD and also Bobby Tolley, brother of FF. William Tolley.
The puck dropped at noon and the NYPD started the scoring with a quick power play goal from McAleer (Lopes) at 19:02. John Sullivan (Kern) tied it up on a power play goal at 16:51, tying the score 1-1 for the 1st period.
Steve Romano scored an unassisted goal at 15:28 of the second period. Power play goals later in the second by Finest player Gambardella (Harrigan) at 5:51 and Bravest player Joe Sanger (Zeilman) at 4:41. So after the second period it was New York’s Bravest leading 3-2.
NYPD’s Lopes (Harrigan) tied it up with a little over two minutes into the 3rd period. Chris Princiotta (Keane) gave the FDNY a 4-3 lead a little less than half way through the third but it was NYPD’s Gabay (Antiok, Antianades) who tied it up and end in regulation 4-4.
Due to the New York Rangers playing later that evening the teams had to be off the ice by a set time so it went straight to a 3-man shootout. Being the home team, NYPD decided to shoot last so the Fire Department was shooting first.
Shooters for FD were: Shooters for PD were:
6 - Elfant – scored 13 - McAleer – missed s
16 - Kelly – missed 77 - Gambardella – missed
12 - Romano – missed 21 - Antianades – scored
7 - Kern – missed 72 - Antiok – missed
13 - Antenucci – scored 20 - Morales – missed
Anthony Antenucci’s game winning goal lifted the FDNY to a 5-4 victory. Goaltender Kurt Pflumm recorded 44 saves for the day and landed the MVP for FDNY. FDNY now leads the 45 year series with a 25-18-2 record.
Thank you to Don LaGreca and Rick DiPietro for broadcasting the game on ESPN and EJ Radek for interviewing Pete on NHL Network. Thank you to all our fans for your support!!! See you again next year.