Archives for July 2003

Expectations rise for Bills, Sabres

'But we all know what it ultimately is that will bring fans back to HSBC Arena, whether it be from the immediate area, across the Peace Bridge or down the Thruway. And that single defining, marketing element is a winning team. Nothing less will suffice.'

Sabres Release 2003-04 Schedule

'This season, all NHL teams will play each division opponent a total of six times with three home games and three road games. Each conference opponent will be a four-game series and each out of conference team will be played at least once, but not more than twice.'

Sabres tickets selling rapidly

'“The response has been fantastic,” Sabres spokesman Mike Gilbert said on Thursday afternoon. “We staffed our phones until 10 p.m. (on Wednesday), and the phones never stopped ringing. {hellip} This just shows how excited Rochester is.”'

Rochester gets Sabres vs. Devils

'When the Buffalo Sabres first said they were interested in playing a regular-season game in Rochester, it was natural to assume the opponent wouldn't be an impressive one. The Florida Panthers? The Nashville Predators? The Atlanta Thrashers? Try the defending Stanley Cup champions.'

Sabres use Bills model to draw Rochester fans

'“I’ve watched how the Buffalo Bills have done a tremendous job becoming part of the marketplace here,” Golisano said. “When they moved their training camp to the St. John Fisher College campus, it really heightened awareness and interest in the Buffalo Bills.”'

Sabres to open season Oct. 9

'One notable shift for the coming season is that Friday night home games will begin at 8 p.m. while other evening games will face off at 7 p.m. The Sabres said the Friday night change was done to allow "fans time to patronize local restaurants and establishments before enjoying the game at the HSBC Arena."'

Buffalo Sabres Will Play Some Games In Rochester

'Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson said he applauded Golisano's efforts to regionalize the Sabres, and that higher Sabre ticket sales will decrease the City's cost of operating the Blue Cross Arena.'

Two Sabres file for salary arbitration

'Eric Boulton and newcomer Steve Begin were the only Buffalo Sabres to file for salary arbitration before the National Hockey League's midnight Tuesday deadline.'

Sabres to play regular season game in Rochester

'''It should be good for the Sabres, good for the Rochester Americans and good for all of hockey in western New York,'' Golisano said. ''One of my goals when purchasing the Sabres was to make this a regional team for all of western New York and southern Ontario.'''

Buffalo Sabres 2003-2004 Schedule

'Nov. 12, 2003 – New Jersey vs. Buffalo @ Rochester.'

NHL 2003-2004 Schedule

'Oct. 9, 2003 – Sabres @ Flyers.'

The Sabres Will Play The Champs In Rochester

'The club will also hold five days of training camp at Monroe Community College beginning September 15th.'

Moves have Sabres feeling full

'The Sabres already have six centers on their roster who played at least 50 games in the NHL last season: Drury, Daniel Briere, Curtis Brown, Tim Connolly, Adam Mair and Begin. Then there's highly touted prospect Derek Roy.'

Most teams moving to Regier's beat

'It's called leverage, and Regier, in the name of fiscal sanity, has been using it for years.'

Rochester: NHL city for a day

'The Buffalo Sabres will play the New Jersey Devils in a regular-season NHL game at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial in mid-November.'