Archives for August 2011

Jeanneret and Hawerchuk headed to Sabres Hall of Fame

‘The pair will officially be inducted as the 36th and 37th members of the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame during a ceremony before the team’s game against the Winnipeg Jets on November 8.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

McKee joins Amerks staff (Niagara Gazette)

Stafford trying hot yoga

‘”I’m just taking some different approaches to injury prevention,” Stafford said Tuesday at Veterans Park in Grand Island, following the unveiling ceremony of the Miracle League of Western New York baseball field for children with disabilities. “Nothing too crazy, just focusing a lot more on flexibility. My girlfriend tried to get me to do yoga and it’s a little bit of everything.”‘

Kassian looking for balance with the Sabres

‘”I need to play with an edge, but I have to make sure I don’t cross that edge,” he said Tuesday. “With all the skill Buffalo has, I think they need some grit and definitely some people that are hard to play against to give those skilled guys some room. I feel like I can fill that job, and hopefully, I can do it sooner than later.”‘

Big-budget club

‘All in all, the Buffalo Sabres are in a good place and if it all comes together, their first trip to the Stanley Cup final since 1998-99 is not unthinkable.’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Red Wings, Amerks fans deserve better (Rochester D&C)

Sabres home now: First Niagara Center

‘HSBC was instrumental in allowing this agreement to be reached, and vowed to continue its presence with the Sabres organization by keeping its continued box. Paul Cronin of HSBC Bank said, “We will continue to have a strong presence here in Buffalo and in western New York. Community involvement will continue to be strong.”‘

Sabres home gets new name

‘“This is the most significant sponsorship agreement in the history of Western New York Sports, both financially and the fact it joins two of the hottest brands in our region,” Sabres president Ted Black said Thursday inside First Niagara Center.’

Sabres’ home renamed First Niagara Center

‘”We talked about Auditorium. It’s a little bit of a mouthful,” Koelmel said. “First Niagara Center — everyone felt it rolled off the tongue pretty well and resonated well.”‘

Sabres arena to be renamed First Niagara Center

‘First Niagara’s 15-year agreement with the Sabres includes exclusive exterior facility naming rights, category exclusivity in the facility’s bowl, other interior and exterior signage and branding, exclusive on-site ATM presence, television and other value-added promotional benefits.’

NHL’s Sabres to rename arena First Niagara Center

‘It had been HSBC Arena since 1999.’

Home of the Sabres to be renamed First Niagara Center

‘In connection with First Niagara Bank, N.A.’s acquisition of Upstate New York and Connecticut branches from HSBC Bank USA, N.A., the Buffalo-headquartered regional bank agreed to purchase the naming rights to HSBC Arena, the 18,690-seat home of the hockey club and Western New York’s premier sports and entertainment facility.’

HSBC Arena Now First Niagara Center

‘Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black along with First Niagara CEO John Koelmel made a formal announcement regarding the name change Thursday afternoon.’

Kotalik is happy to be back with Sabres

‘”Absolutely, I want to stay in Buffalo,” Kotalik said by phone from the Czech Republic. “I’m coming to training camp with an open mind. I know that I can measure with anybody on that team. I can measure myself up with any guy on that squad, on that team, and I hope I will get the opportunity that I need. Everything else is up to me.”‘

Led by owner, Buffalo’s now a hockey town

‘Pegula has shown a greater commitment to winning before his first full season with the Sabres than Wilson has in 51 seasons owning the Bills, plain and simple. Pegula brings faith and a sense of relief while Wilson brings, well, what has he contributed in recent years exactly other than headaches?’