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‘Stars of Tomorrow’ coming to Buffalo: Erie Otters will play Niagara IceDogs in Buffalo in October

âStars of Tomorrowâ coming to Buffalo: Erie Otters will play Niagara IceDogs in Buffalo in October

Photo By Marian Giallombardo

Sherry Bassin (left) and Ted Black

Photos by Marian Giallombardo

(August 21, 2014):The Buffalo Sabres and the Erie Otters announced today that the Otters will host the Niagara IceDogs at First Niagara Center on October 22 at 7pm.
On hand today were Ted Black (Sabres President) and Sherry Bassin (general manager and managing partner of the Otters). Both gentlemen were very enthusiastic as they talked about this much-anticipated matchup.
“We want every future NHL player to have played or trained in Buffalo on their journey to the NHL,” said Black. “It’s a journey that Connor and his teammates and their opponents the IceDogs are on right now…I know that Sabres and Amerks fans are going to very much look forward to this event on Oct 22… In general our fans, I think, have probably the highest hockey IQ in the league.” Black said, referring to the fact that Buffalo fans know good hockey and will surely enjoy this event.
Bassin has deep and meaningful ties to Buffalo and the Sabres. He was pleased that this idea has become a reality. He said that approximately 60% of the players in the NHL came out of the Canadian Hockey League. He said that fans will get a chance to meet Connor McDavid in person. Bassin talked about what a great individual McDavid is, in addition to being a great hockey player. “This guy is special…. We pride ourselves in saying ‘see the stars of tomorrow in the OHL today’ and that’s a fact.”
He said he was very proud to be a part of bringing this game to Buffalo. “This is a proud moment for the Erie Otters. It’s a proud moment for the OHL…. and it’s exciting for me to say that the people here and the organization took this from an idea to reality… ”
Fans will have a chance to see exciting hockey by these outstanding young hockey players. They will also have a chance to see future star, Connor McDavid. McDavid plays for the Otters and was present for this announcement along with his dad, Jay McKee and others from the team. “If you haven’t heard the name Connor McDavid and you’re a hockey ran, you’re dead. You’ve got to check your pulse because you need a mortician,” remarked Bassin. McDavid is touted to be a “once in a decade” player. McDavid is a name you're likely to be hearing for years and maybe decades to come. McDavid is a 6-foot, 185-pound center from Newmarket, Ontario. He is favored to be the first overall pick in the 2015 draft.
For those not familiar with the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), it is one of the three major junior ice hockey leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. There are currently 20 teams in the OHL; 17 are based in the Canadian province of Ontario, two teams in the in Michigan and one team in Pennsylvania. Out of the 17 teams based in Ontario, 14 teams are in Southern Ontario, and three teams are in Northern Ontario. The league is for players aged 15–20.
This is going to be a great game and will feature hockey at a very high level. Tickets are very reasonable - $15 and $10 for Sabres season ticket holders. Tickets for the game go on sale at 9 a.m. on Sept. 13 and can be purchased at the First Niagara Center box office or online at
If you like hockey, this is a game you are not going to want to miss.


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