Buffalo Pushing to Host NHL Scouting Combine

A rendering of the HarborCenter being built across from the First Niagara Center in Buffalo. Courtesy: HarborCenter.com

A rendering of the HarborCenter being built across from the First Niagara Center in Buffalo. Courtesy: HarborCenter.com

For the first time since its inception in the early 1990s, the NHL is mulling over the possibility of moving its scouting combine out of Toronto. The potential new hose city — Buffalo, NY.

According to the Associated Press, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman admitted that the NHL is seriously considering moving the combine out of the largest city in Canada, and moving it two hours down the road to the Queen City. The reason? Buffalo’s upcoming HarborCenter that is set to open later this year.

From the AP:

It’s something that’s being discussed, and I know it’s something that Ted Black is vigorously pursuing,” Bettman said by phone, referring to the Sabres president. ”It’s a work in progress. We haven’t made any decisions. But we’re taking the expression of interest very seriously.

Buffalo Sabres president Ted Black, who has been adamant about making Buffalo a hockey destination since coming to the team in 2011, once again affirmed his, and the organization’s, stance on the matter. He added that the push for the scouting combine is, “it is another example of the ways that we’re trying to promote Buffalo and HarborCenter as an international hockey destination.”

 

Buffalo is already getting the USA All-American Prospects Game for the next two years, and is reportedly set to make a push to host the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2018.  The HarborCenter, which will open everything but the hotel in September, will feature two full-size ice rinks, 11 locker rooms and a performance facility, among other features and amenities.

Topics: Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL, Scouting Combine

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