'That's what's disturbing about the Rigases. They came off as saviors, but the reality was they looked you in the eye and smiled as they drove a dagger through your back. It's how they operated with the fans, the taxpayers, the shareholders, the politicians. They snowed everybody. It's what greedy people do.'
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'The partnership also could help retain some of the young talent that seems to perpetually seep out of Western New York. Top teen players such as South Buffalo's Tim Kennedy and Orchard Park's Nick Schaus have been lured away by the United States Hockey League rather than remain in the area. "It allows some kids to stay at home and play," Braunstein said. "We lose probably five or six kids a year that go elsewhere to play because they think there are other opportunities."
‘”It’s a shame that John Rigas will die behind bars, but the sentences handed down to him and his son Timothy were appropriate,” longtime Sabres fan Ed Kamela said. “What is disturbing to me is that, to this day, John Rigas still feels that he did nothing wrong.”‘
'To be certain, there will be a form of Sabres' hockey at HSBC Arena next season.'
'The Buffalo Sabres, in conjunction with the Buffalo Lightning of the Ontario Provincial Junior “A” Hockey League, Tuesday announced a partnership that will see the Lightning be renamed the Buffalo Junior Sabres. In addition to the name change, the new Buffalo Junior Sabres will also wear the team’s traditional Blue & Gold uniforms and logos.'
'LaFontaine, who will fly in from New York City especially for the ride, befriended many young cancer patients during his years with the Sabres. His participation in the Roswell ride does not surprise the Schwegler family. "Pat is a unique individual, and it has nothing to do with his athletic ability," said Schwegler. "Some human beings give of themselves and ask for nothing in return. For him, it was a no-brainer. Anything he does, he does for children. That is his mission. That's his new life, his new career."'
'"As I look back on it, we didn't do anything criminally wrong," said Rigas.'
'"As to the harm caused to Western New York, the number of years he received – whether one year, five years or 15 years – doesn't really matter. We're not going to be helped by whatever the decision of the judge," said Richard M. Tobe, a former top Erie County official who was involved in early negotiations with the Rigas family for the project. "It's just a tragedy – a tragedy for the family, company and employees," Tobe added. "And it's a tragedy for Buffalo."'
'John Rigas told the court that mistakes were made in the way he ran the company, but he intended no wrong.'
'A third son, Michael, had a mistrial declared in his case and a new federal case against is slated to begin on Oct. 24.'