Anyone who has been to a Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center has seen firsthand the rivalry between the two teams. Well the rivalry has been taken to a whole new level with the latest news from the Sabres.
According to the Associated Press, the Sabres have submitted a bid to the National Hockey League for the Harbor Center to be host of the NHL Combine for the next three years.
“We’re very confident that this is where it should be,” Black said about the combine. “I believe that we’ve probably put in the most work and are the most prepared to host this in less than a year.”
The Harbor Center has two rinks, stands for fans to attend, meeting rooms, training center, the ability to do on and off-ice testing and it will be hard to say no to the Sabres for one very important reason.
Privacy is a very important thing to players at times. They are human beings and don’t like to be mobbed by fans whenever they go somewhere. The Harbor Center provides this anonymity as it will also house a hotel as well.
Also, there is more than enough space within walking distance to the Harbor Center as the Phillips Lytle Building is next door and houses the Courtyard by Marriott and the Adams Mark Hotel which is only a few blocks away. Let’s not forget the fact that there will be a Tim Hortons within the facility and who doesn’t like Tim Horton’s.
For evidence all one has to look at the fact that USA Hockey announced that the facility will host both the Under-18 women’s and sledge hockey world championships next year. Also, they will play host to USA Hockey’s annual All-American Prospects game over the next two years.
In the end, the Sabres will win, because the Harbor Center has too many features that will benefit everyone that is involved with the combine.