Kyle O'Donnell
Golisano Childrens Hospital

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Kyle’s Slap Shot Challenge 3v3 Fundraising Tournament & Festival is open to all 8U-18U Jr. Amerks players. The tournament will take place on Saturday, August 5, at Rochester Ice Center. And, after you skate, head outside for some live music, games, food and more. It's a full-day festival, so come out and support a fellow Jr. Amerks player, play hockey for a great cause, and take a shot to win some great prizes!

This 3v3 tournament is a Jr. Amerks fundraiser to raise money in support of Kyle’s Slap Shot Challenge to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital. Kyle O’Donnell is one of our alums, a former Jr. Amerks winger who started playing hockey when he was three years old. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in March 2021 and underwent treatment at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Recent MRI scans are very encouraging, and all are very optimistic that'll he'll be completely cured.

During his time at Golisano Children's Hospital, Kyle thought parents and caregivers of children who were receiving treatment would also benefit from a gym facility, and so it became his mission to develop a fundraiser to help build one. With the support of hospital administration, board members, friends, and family, “Kyle’s Slap Shot Challenge” was born.

All teams will play at least three games, and every player can participate in our slap shot challenge for a chance to win some great prizes.

Outdoor Festival Open to the Public!

The outdoor festival promises to be a great time. There will be live bands, food trucks, hockey demo teams, autograph sessions, bounce houses, a dunk tank, raffles, merch, and of course, a slap shot challenge! There will also be a used equipment sale to benefit the Jr. Amerks Sean Shortsleeve Memorial Scholarship Fund that helps cover season dues for Jr. Amerks families in need.

Many thanks to our friends at Rochester Ice Center for donating the ice for this tournament.

Stay for Hockey Buddies Rochester Charity Cup

New to this years line up of fun, Hockey Buddies Rochester Charity Cup will take place at 6 p.m., August 5, at Rochester Ice Center.

This hockey exhibition game will raise money to support Hockey Buddies, an organization dedicated to helping youth hockey families in need pay for equipment and season dues. Join us as former professional players and members of the Jr. Amerks NAHL team take the ice! Visit for more information.

We hope to see you all on August 5!