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SBD/February 24, 2014/Facilities
HARBORCenter Could Help Make Buffalo New Hub For Hockey In America
Published February 24, 2014
PEGULA'S PLIGHT: In Buffalo, Mike Harrington wrote in the three years since team Owner Terry Pegula bought the Sabres, they have "never seemed as far away from touching" the Stanley Cup as they do now. Harrington: "Plenty of Pegula’s spending has made no sense." The fans "wanted an owner who spent money in the wake" of former Owner Tom Golisano’s "tight wallet." They have "gotten that, but watch out what you ask for," as at least so far, this "hasn’t meant any success on the ice, but it’s meant a significant jump in ticket prices." HARBORCenter "is a unique use" of Pegula’s money. Its impact on the NHL operation "figures to be negligible at the start other than providing an alternate practice facility -- but it’s likely to be huge on the amateur hockey scene" (BUFFALO NEWS, 2/22).
HISTORY BUFFS: In Buffalo, James Staas reported a "new exhibit on the Sabres' first five seasons" as a franchise opened Friday in the Buffalo History Museum. The exhibit, Forging a Connection: Your Buffalo Sabres 1970-75, "attracted about 1,100 visitors on opening day, which coincided with the museum's M&T Third Friday program, when admission is free." Museum officials said that it was "one of the largest turnouts for the program," which runs through May 25 (BUFFALO NEWS, 2/23).