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Westchester Express Mites Hockey to Play Outdoors

GREENWICH, CT. -- The Westchester Express and the Greenwich Skate Club mite hockey teams will get to experience their own winter classic when they play Friday night at the Greenwich Skate Club.

“I am really excited,” said Dante Palombo, 8, a second-grader at Mamaroneck Avenue School in White Plains, “Me and my teammates have never played a game outside since we all started. Some of the families have little outdoor rinks, but that’s it. So this is a big deal for us.”

Joe Palombo, Dante’s father, is looking forward to the game for both teams.

“We wanted to do something special for the kids, something that would be cool and that would give them a sense of feeling like NHL'ers,” Palombo said. “We felt the Greenwich Skate Club, with access to a 100 percent outdoor rink with no roof, was best to have the game there.”

Dante Palombo and his teammates wanted to do something special for the game, which will take place at 6:20 p.m. However, they were outvoted.

“We wanted to get special jerseys like they do in the NHL but then we found out the parents have to pay for them and it was a no,” he said. “It is going to be awesome. It would be fun to play outdoor more.”

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