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It is very good news to the residents of the Queen City and the Buffalo Sabres fans. Ted Black, president of the Buffalo Sabres informed reporters on Monday that the rising stars in the field of ice hockey will be practicing in downtown Buffalo for the pre-draft scouting combine, NHL for the following two years.
The descent of the players along with their family and friends no doubt will be a great boost to the economy in the western part of New York in 2015-2016, the prestige associated with the pre-drafts is considered more valuable. Nearly 125 players and with an average between 6 and12 NHL representatives will visit Buffalo for the pre-draft procedures. This is a welcome change from the monotonous suburban Toronto where the combine had been held since 1999.
The combine is a place where different NHL teams hold individual interviews to determine fitness and skill tests that can possibly increase their value during the actual drafting process. With Buffalo making its presence felt in the hockey world, Black carries a dream of having every NHL player trained in the Western province of New York.
The HARBORcenter like the Niagara center provides visitors and athletes an all-in-one package with hotels, restaurants, and an additional training space that is off-ice. The advantage of the combine to be conducted in the tri-rink facility has its own reward as there is chance for it to grow to the maximum prosperity as is seen fit. Jody Lomeo, CEO and President, Kaleida Health said, “The combine coming to Buffalo is doing its nit in pushing the city forward. We have still not moved out of the Renaissance. The people of Buffalo have been waiting for this day since a very long time.”