It’s a sports-filled weekend at the South Jersey shore, as the United States Futsal Federation will host the Northeast Regional Futsal (five-player-per-side indoor soccer) Championships Saturday through Monday, Feb. 15-17, at Wildwoods Convention Center, and AHL hockey returns to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Friday, Feb. 14.
The AHL’s Albany Devils have made Boardwalk Hall their home-away-from-home of sorts, having played four games at the Hall’s Art Dorrington Rink in each of the last three seasons. The first puck drops at 7pm and the first 2,000 fans will receive a commemorative poster of the 2003 ECHL Boardwalk Bullies Kelly Cup Championship team. Additionally, former Boardwalk Bullies captain Stefan Rivard and his former teammate Ian Walterson will be signing autographs at the game during the 2nd period intermission.
Mike Haviland, current head coach of the Hershey Bears, was the coach of the 2003 Boardwalk Bullies Kelly Cup Championship team. Haviland has recently re-teamed with Ryan Mougenel who played for the Bullies in 2002-2003. Mougenel is now an assistant coach of the AHL’s Hershey Bears.
Tickets are priced at $16, $21 and $26 and are on sale now at Boardwalk Hall Box Office, through Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-736-1420. Special rates are available for kids, seniors, military, students, and groups of 10 or more. Package deals are also available. Visit boardwalkhall.com.
The three-day indoor futsal tournament will take place from 8am-8pm daily. Futsal is a variation of soccer that is played on a smaller surface utilizing five players (instead of 11 as in conventional soccer), usually always indoors, and allowing unlimited substitutions per team. Unlike other forms of indoor soccer, futsal rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique, ball control and passing in small spaces, which results in fast-paced, exciting games.
The Northeast Regional tournament consists of various age brackets, and is one of seven regional tournaments leading up to a national championship for which the date and location have yet to be announced. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams and top players. Admission is $10 per day or $20 for all three days. Wristbands will be available for purchase at the door. Visit futsal.com for more about the game, or visit WildwoodsNJ.com for more about The Wildwoods.