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It’s Finally Here - Pegula Day In Buffalo

The last time there was a sports related press conference of this magnitude in Buffalo, it was a championship fever-fueled circus.  Fans lined the streets to get a glimpse of the limo as it arrived.  Even the governor showed up.

It was August 18, 1986, when Jim Kelly came to town.  That week, renowned Sports Illustrated sportswriter Paul Zimmerman referred to Kelly as “Joe Namath with knees”. 

25 years later, the son of said governor is now the governor himself, and Buffalo is still without a championship.  But the excitement level today is off the charts, because Terry Pegula is bringing his money and passion for Sabres hockey to Buffalo. 

He passed up opportunities to purchase other NHL teams.  Keeping in tune with the style of Dr. Z, the New Boss is “Passionate Sabres fan with money”.  And today, he finally speaks.  Commissioner Gary Bettman will also be on hand.

I’ll be down at HSBC Arena for the 11:00 EST presser and will report back to you afterwards.  To listen to today’s festivities, click here.  To watch, click here or here.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Buffalo Sabres, NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: buffalo+sabres, jim+kelly, terry+pegula


Paul's avatar

What’s the feeling in Buffalo, buyer or seller at the deadline?

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/22/11 at 12:31 PM ET

@DaveDavisHockey's avatar

Depends on where they are in the standings this weekend.  One thing we do know is that Regier is not interested in buying rental players. 

We should learn a little more in just over an hour.

Posted by @DaveDavisHockey from Buffalo, NY on 02/22/11 at 12:50 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Congrats on the new ownership, Dave.  Here’s hoping there’s a new willingness to spend the money to attract talent to one of the very best NHL markets in North America.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 02/22/11 at 06:25 PM ET

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