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Hockey championships netting $1.9M impact on economy

April 2, 2019
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West Michigan is hosting a pair of USA Hockey national championships that will generate thousands of hotel stays in the area.

The championships are expected to create a $1,985,482 economic impact on the market — as 640 youth athletes and coaches compete in the 2019 Chipotle-USA Hockey National Championships Youth Tier I (16U and 18U) April 3-8 at Southside Arena in Byron Center and Griff’s Georgetown in Hudsonville.

An estimated 3,000 hotel nights will be booked at 14 partner hotels in the area.

The championships will be hosted locally by Fox Motors Hockey Club.

The games will championships will feature 32 teams from 15 states states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, as well as Washington, D.C.

“Youth hockey in West Michigan has been on the rise for many years through organizations like ours, who have brought tier-I hockey back and given the best area athletes an opportunity to play at the highest level,” said Mike Slobodnik, owner and hockey director, Fox Motors Hockey Club.

“So it’s a feather in our cap to host the USA Hockey nationals that brings the best of the best players from around the country.

Admission is free and open to the public.

More information on the 18U and 16U championships is online.

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