The extended summer weather weve been enjoying in the Adirondacks has been great for outdoor enthusiasts looking to squeeze in that last camping trip or hike before the weather inevitably turns cold. Winter shall soon be upon us though, and while skiers may have to wait a little while longer for the snow theyve been praying for, the ice is on the rinks and just waiting for hockey to begin! The Can-Am Youth Hockey Tournaments, set to take place almost every weekend this fall starting on October 18th, are about much more than skating at the Olympic facilities. Can-Am has indicated that up to 375 teams and 15,000 families have participated in the past tournaments. Local businesses and institutions have found that working with the Can-Am organization towards larger goals have been extremely beneficial as well. Since it is decidedly between the summer and winter influx of visitors, hosting a tournament like Can-Am makes a great deal of sense. Businesses and hotels can boost profits by catering to the families who arent able to check out many of the usual attractions such as Whiteface Mountain which are closed this time of year. Aside from this advantage, Can-Am also represents a different, more behind-the-scenes relationship that Lake Placid institutions such as the Northwood School have taken advantage of. According to Director of Admissions Tim Weaver, hosting the summer Can-Am camps have led many participants to enroll in the school itself. On a different note, the organization returns the favor by promoting Lake Placids famed Olympic facilities when you call them up, their on-hold message is an audio playback of the winning goal at the 1980 Miracle on Ice. Competing in the same arena for many of these players is a dream come true they get to be part of the continuing legacy that Lake Placid represents for hockey players and fans alike!