BUF­FALO IS HOCKEYTOWN

The city has be­come a go-to des­ti­na­tion for USA Hockey, NHL events and the WJC. If only the Sabres could turn the cor­ner…

The Hockey News - - CONTENTS - BY JOHN VOGL

OPeg­ula took own­er­ship of the Buf­falo Sabres, he and“Ah­cis­lam­rioanac­gaelml sehno­tuglr­doguop oseut tthoetb­haer.league and to hockey play­ers N THE DAY TERRY ev­ery­where that Buf­falo is hockey heaven,” said Ted Black, who was in­sL­toalolek­d­i­nags­bteaackm, iptr’se­seiad­seynt­foart tNhHaLt nfeawnss tco ncfheurceknl­cee. oTn­heFeSba.b2r2e,s2h0a1v1e. been cwehl­leanr-td­hweyel­wleerrse. Tehliemy­in­hatveedni’tn­mthaed­feirtshterop­u­lany­do­j­fuf­sst­sian­fceewth­maot n2t0h1s0a-f1te1rsPeeag­suonla, oto­fok­tho­evresr.in­Bl­tahcekhiso­clokn­egy gdoen­pea,ratm­loen­ngtw. ith four coaches, two GMs and dozens

But hockey is more than just the NHL. The sport is in the blood of Bufr­fBaal­lado­cokr-eb­w­saisadesed­not­nUsS,tAowh­sHoom­cjokeietnhy,itnhh­geo.ssBt­tiue­nafgf­daeylovse­htr­rayestahm­bi­enco­goffmvroiesmi­a­ton­sreasct­tiooon­nt­dahlhey­ocomi­u­tyethifnotro­suaCy­ronil­noag

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Peg­ula has drawn them in. Af­ter bdue­cyid­negdthee Swabar­netse,dth­meo­breil­li­tohnaanirea

He wanted a hockey bus­in­teeasms.. areHaeahroaud­nadl­to­hteoS­faw­bor­ersk’ taored­noa. wThaes bar­ren in 2011. The next year, Peg­ula an­nounced the cbrueiald­tiaont­woof-Hri­an­rkbpoarClaec­netethr.aHt ael­sopeinctlu$d2e0s0amhi­il­gliho-nris­toe hthoeteslt, rse­toe­tre­f­s­roam­ndtrheestSaaubr­raenst’s.aHre­anraboarnC­denis­te­croin­snaec­crotesds byIwt walak­swa ygsa.me-changer. Sur­round­ing de­vel­op­ment in­creased and hockey be­came a year-round busi­ness. On any given day, vis­i­tors to Har­borCen­ter can

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Few peo­ple and or­ga­ni­za­tions have bought in more wthoarnldUjSuAniHorosck­ineyl.arIt­gech­poas­ret bBeuc­fafaulsoe tof hi­toss­btotrhdeer20st1a1ftru­osm. Omveir­l­l­lioonksi­nofgT­tohre­oNni­taoghao­rack­Reiyve­far,nBsu. ffalo is less than a two-hour drive But when USA Hockey chose to re­turn this year, it was pri­mar­ily bec­gaum­sesowf will­h­baet Bpu­lafy­faeldo ohnasth­bec­soamee. Wbliotchko. nIne 2ex0c1e1p,tsionm, ealgl aomf tehsewWerJCe htheeld­knidesararNeiahgear­reawFial­llrse, al­bly­ouatl­l4o5w­mus­in­tuoteshs oaw­caays. e“TBhuefs­feal­towaonwd etheeks­gtrheat aganmd eEnot­fehrotaciknemy,e”nsta,id“APleog­tuhla’s wchi­afen,gKei­dmh, ewrheoi’ns CthEeO­coit­fyPaeng­du­lathSep­sourtr­swroournld-ic­nl­gasas­reav.eWnte.” ex­pect to do a lot more to make sure the event is a al­sTo­hoe­won ethloecNatFiLo’ns eBx­ucfe­fapltoioBnil­flosr, athned 2C0a1n8adWaJaCnids ath­beigUon­ni­tee.dThSe­taPtes­guwlailsl

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Sabres fans hope the arena suites will be un­availmap­blae­lyeaons­fiofnsmg. feTudhlaNeyH.cIiLt ywho­hocuak­sled­bym.eenanwtahi­etit­negama lios­ndgeet­pimine tfhoer wthiell ink­teeer­pimw, tehlce­of­mo­likns­giny­oBu­utfh­faloIn play­ers, NHL prospects and beer­lea­guers to their ver­sion of hockey heaven. They plan to keep build­ing. “Here in Buf­falo, when­ever I came the city has changed,” said Hannes Ederer, the IIHF’s deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary and event di­rec­tor. “I al­ways think I’m in a dif­fer­ent city, but for a very pos­i­tive end.”

BUF­FALO OB­VI­OUSLY STACKS UP VERY, VERY WELL BE­CAUSE OF THE FA­CIL­I­TIES, THE FANS, AND THE PEO­PLE WHO RUN THIS TEAM

BACK TO THE FU­TURE Since host­ing the 2011 world ju­niors, the hhaosck­reey­tuwr­noerdldto Buf­falo again and again – and for good rea­son.

TERRY PEG­ULA

SNOW IN FORE­CAST When Canada and the U.S. play out­doors Dec. 29, it will be al­most 10 years to the day since that mem­o­rable game in Buf­falo.

PROSPECT CEN­TRAL The NHL scout­ing com­bine has found a home in Buf­falo, thanks to the Har­borCen­ter com­plex and cen­tral lo­ca­tion.

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