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A Pace-Maker Event
Jamestown Savings Bank Lights the Arena RED for 24 Hours of Ice Hockey in Support of Heart Care

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Pictured, representatives from JSBA, hockey supporters, JSBA figure skaters, heart center and hospital staff and community supporters joined together at a press conference to announce the inaugural 24-Hour JamesHOCKEYtown Ice Hockey extravaganza that will take center rink for 24 straight hours of ice hockey games starting at 7 p.m., February 27, ending February 28 at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, register for hockey or more information, go to

Jamestown, New York (Thursday, February 5, 2015)—Let’s team up for 24 hours of ice hockey while joining forces to support local heart care were statements made during a press conference held at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena (JSBA) on Friday, January 30, when Brian Cersosimo, JSBA general manager, announced the inaugural 24-Hour JamesHOCKEYtown Ice Hockey extravaganza that will take center rink to support the WCA Heart Center and Kraft Hockeyville for 24 hours of non-stop ice hockey games and family fun for everyone.

To purchase event tickets, register your family, friends and neighbors for a hockey team, or more information, go to A portion of the proceeds will benefit new heart technology at the WCA Heart Center. 

The event, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 27th, and continue non-stop through Saturday, February 28th 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 on-line and nominate the local rink at 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,” Brian Cersosimo, supporting team owner of the Xpress Southern Tier Hockey team said.  “We will wow the crowds with non-stop ice hockey that starts at 6:30 p.m. February 27th with a ceremonial puck drop to kick off the opening game and end at 7 p.m. Saturday, February 28th with a closing ceremony that will bring 24 hours of straight hockey to a close. 

A portion of proceeds from 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 Brian 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.  She 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 Brian Cersosimo during the press conference by expressing their excitement for what will unfold at the end of February.  “When I listen to the pulse of this community, I keep hearing how important our local hospital is and how great an asset our rink is to this community,” said Andy Goodell. “I am really looking forward to this event to be a real pace-maker occasion.”

Attendees and hockey enthusiasts alike will experience a whole host of family-fun activities during the 24 hours of skating.  “We are planning a fabulous program of fun activities that will keep everyone entertained and amused,” added Brittany Mason, Director of Ticket and Guest Services at the ice rink.  “On the list of fun times, is a go red for women fashion show; Guys and Dolls will hold dance lessons; stand-up comedians will captivate audiences; and basket raffles, 50/50s and countless other fund-raisers will support your local hospital.  You won’t want to miss out!  For a $10 entrance ticket, you can enjoy 24 hours of round-the-clock, fun and entertainment that supports a really great cause!”

Guest physician at the press conference, Dr. James Cirbus, board-certified cardiologist, WCA Heart Center medical director, and team owner of the Xpress Southern Tier Hockey team, talked about the care at the WCA Heart Center and how the hospital serves the region with comprehensive heart services.  “If you know anything about healthcare, you realize it’s not an easy business to operate a hospital; it takes a lot just to break-even.  These types of fund-raisers are necessary and I think it’s tremendous that the hospital and the arena can come together collectively to raise money to support our heart center.”

The Arena staff is making a strong plea for community residents to register for Kraft Hockeyville’s contest.  The winner of the Kraft Hockeyville contest will host an NHL pre-season game at their arena.  “You don’t have to attend the event to show America that you really love hockey,” Brian pleaded.  “Simply log onto nominate the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena your community ice rink and voice your enthusiasm for ice hockey.”

Limited team spots are available for hockey teams; register at today!  For questions or more information contact JSBA or email  To co-sponsor or make a donation in support of the event, contact Megan D’Angelo, WCA Director of Development, at (716) 664-8423 or Sherry Hutley, Director of Sales at JSBA at (716) 484-2624.

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