Archives for May 2004

WGR 550-AM to simulcast game four in Buffalo

'The Rochester Americans announced today that WGR 550-AM in Buffalo will simulcast Game Four of the Western Conference Finals from HSBC Arena between the Amerks and the Milwaukee Admirals. WGR 550-AM will bring Amerks Calder Cup Playoff hockey to Buffalo, using the feed from WHTK 1280-AM in Rochester.'

Sabres open talks to sign Vanek

'''I think you can always accomplish more no matter where you are. But I think there's another question and that's: 'Is there another step he's ready to make?''' Regier said. ''And certainly I think he's ready to play at the American Hockey League level and maybe even at the National Hockey League level.'''

Buffalo makes hockey playoffs, sort of

'"Our first choice would be to play right in Blue Cross Arena," Amerks coach Randy Cunneyworth said Friday before boarding a plane back to Rochester. "But I think the fact we've had the opportunity to go to HSBC once in the season and enjoyed a nice win there will make a difference. It should be familiar and not detract from what we're doing. We should be able to settle in right away and get to work."'

Amerks make home on the road

'”I think the Buffalo fans, as well as our regular Rochester fans, will enjoy a couple great games. And I think the guys will relish in the end playing there.”'

Amerks fans can truck to Buffalo on shuttle

'Shuttle service will be available to the HSBC Arena today and Sunday for a round-trip ticket of $10 each day.'

Amerks Head to Buffalo, Series Tied 1-1

'Tickets for Games Three and Four are currently available at the HSBC Arena Box Office,, all Tops Friendly Markets locations or by calling 1-888-223-6000. Prices are $20 and $15, and $10 for kids 12 and under. A limited supply of $20 and $15 seats are also on sale at the Amerks Office in The Blue Cross Arena. To order tickets, call (585) 454-5335.'

World Cup Bound

Sabres captain Chris Drury was named to the United States’ World Cup team on Thursday night. Drury will join NHL All-Stars Mike Modano and Jeremy Roenick on the defending World Cup Championship team.

HSBC Arena re-opening for hockey

'Steve Donner, the Amerks president and CEO, figures in order to break even, a crowd of 6,000 per game will be needed. That's after the AHL takes it 51 percent of the revenues off the top (to cover travel expenses and the player's playoff pool) and arena costs, somewhere in the $20,000 or higher range, are factored in. He said in the first two days 3,000 tickets were sold, the best sales start for his team in the post season so far.'

Amerks and RTS Team Up for Western Conference Finals

Shuttle service will be available to the HSBC Arena on Saturday and Sunday, May 22nd and May 23rd. The fare is $10 roundtrip.

Amerks Announce 5,500 Tickets Sold For Playoff Games in Buffalo

In cooperation with the Buffalo Sabres, the Amerks have sold 3,000 tickets for Game Three on Saturday, May 22nd and 2,500 seats for Game Four on Sunday, May 23rd.

Satan Selected to Represent Slovakia

Miroslav Satan was named to Slovakia’s World Cup team Monday. With 29 goals and 28 assists in 82 games for the Sabres this past season, Satan was second on the team in scoring.

Playoff Hockey Returns to Buffalo

The series shifts to Buffalo's HSBC Arena for Games Three and Four, as Rochester brings AHL playoff hockey to the home of the Buffalo Sabres.

Hecht Selected to German World Cup team

Jochen Hecht was one of 26 players named to the German World Cup team Monday. A total of three goalies, eight defensemen and 15 forwards were chosen to the team.

Hilton second-grader nets Sabres' contest

'Scotty’s winning essay detailed his love of the Sabres and how, when he plays knee hockey with his cousin, they sing the national anthem before the action. He drew a Sabres logo and also submitted a photograph of him and his dog. ”He’s just a very big fan,” said Sue Eisenmenger, who said the family attends several Sabres and Rochester Amerks games each year. “He just made a cute packet and I guess they loved it. It was a nice surprise for him.”'

Canadian junior team captain Paille draws on experience at Memorial Cup

'Buffalo has until June 1 to sign him to a contract or Paille goes back into the NHL draft. "As far as I know, things are going well," Paille said. "I think we can get something done by next week." Paille feels encouraged by a conversation he had with Sabres GM Darcy Regier during the Ontario Hockey League playoffs. "He said 'You're going to sign with us. Go out there and play your game,"' Paille said.'