Key Bank Center
It’s Official. On Monday the Buffalo Sabres released a statement that the First Niagara Center has been formally renamed the Key Bank Center. KeyCorp (the parent company) acquired First Niagara Financial Group earlier this year.
Several enhancements to the fans game day experience have been made including free Wi-Fi throughout the 19,070-seat arena. Additionally the arena is now equipped with new LED lighting and control system.
The regular season home-opener will be Thursday October 13th and the Party-in-the-Plaza will take place with a special guest appearance by DJ Kool. Who will perform the Sabres adopted goal song “Let Me Clear My Throat.”
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) September 19, 2016
Sabres in World Cup
On Saturday Ryan O’Reilly laced up for Team Canada in their 6-0 win over the Czech Republic. He tallied 1 SOG in 14:28 TOI. Canada faces Team USA on Tuesday at 8pm (TV-ESPN)
New Sabres defenseman Dmitry Kulikov had 7 hits in a 2-1 loss to Team Sweden. Next play Team North America Monday 8pm (TV-ESPN)
Jack Eichel scored a goal in Team North America’s 4-1 victory over Finland Sunday. Eichel finished with 14:31 TOI. Rasmus Ristolainen playing for Team Finland was a -1, recorded 2 shots and had four hits and 2 blocked shots. Team North America faces Team Russia Monday at 8pm (TV-ESPN). Finland next faces off against Sweden Monday at 3pm (TV-ESPN).
The three-team Prospects Challenge hosted in Buffalo, NY down at the HarborCenter concludes Monday night when the Sabres face the Boston Bruins at 7pm. Jason Kasdorf will start in goal for Buffalo. Justin Bailey, the hometown kid will also be in the lineup. Buffalo dropped a 6-3 decision to New Jersey Saturday. On Sunday, the Bruins defeated the Devils 4-3.