It seems like so long ago that the Buffalo Sabres hosted the World Juniors at the First Niagara Center, as those games were now three years ago.
With the addition of the HarborCenter, the Buffalo Sabres are looking at keeping and maintaining a relationship with Hockey USA and bringing more international events to downtown Buffalo, making this an elite hockey destination. Terry Pegula and company are not just looking at building an NHL empire at the foot of Washington Street, but a hockey kingdom that increases the overall development of the sport of the game.
Is it possible? Whow knows, but he is for sure going to try.
The goal of making Buffalo a destination for hockey players is abundantly clear. Guys come through at the junior levels and see what a great hockey town Buffalo is. They then want to play here at some point in their professional career.
Sure it might seem like Terry Pegula, Ted Black and the folks at the HarborCenter are trying to arbitrarily building a hockey destination; but how are hockey destinations built? History and tradition, something that the Buffalo Sabres organization lacks behind other hockey markets in the Northeast corridor. Or you build it by winning year in and year out.
So when we have a winning hockey team, and host as many international hockey events as possible players want to come here. I am onboard for that every day of the week.
Buffalo Sabres 2015 International Presence
The Buffalo Sabres announced today that they will host two international tournaments in 2015. Neither one has NHL implications, but it is a start towards the Kingdom of Hockey in Buffalo.
In January 2015, the Buffalo Sabres will host for eight days the International Ice Hockey Federation U18 Women’s World Championships. This tournament will take place from January 4th to January 12th.
As the city of Buffalo unthaws, the second event will be set to take place, as the Buffalo Sabres will host the 2015 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships from April 24 to May 2.
More on the announcement can be read at the Buffalo Sabres official team website.