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Ott excited about playing in Buffalo, “a real hockey city”

Jul 3, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

Steve Ott AP

On Monday night, agitator extraordinaire Steve Ott had some (possibly inadvertent) parting words for the city of Dallas.

The Windsor, Ontario, native had just been traded to Buffalo and did an interview with WIVB 4, during which he expressed excitement about moving closer to home.

He also expressed excitement about playing in — oh, how to put this — a more traditional market.

“Full house, screaming fans,” Ott said. “To have an opportunity to still be in my prime and have family coming to watch me and play in a real hockey city, it’s something I can’t wait for.”

In Ott’s defense, he probably didn’t mean this to be a parting shot — but his timing (and word choice) was unfortunate. Dallas has fallen on hard times as of late, finishing 28th in the league in home attendance last season despite the introduction of $9 dollar tickets.

It’s also likely the 29-year-old was pumping the tires of his new city rather than deflating those of his old one. That seemed to be the case when Ott re-iterated his excitement about joining the Sabres.

“Honestly, I’m so excited for this opportunity,” he said. “It’s not even funny.”

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Im not going to bash Dallas hockey fans any hockey fan is a good hockey fan. I think the point is that in Buffalo hockey is #2 and to some 1b to the the NFL. While in Dallas the NFL is #1, then Div 1 Football, then High School football, then Div 2 Football, then baseball, and you’re left with basketball and hockey.

  2. mehetmet - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    He also said this morning on WGR550 in an interview that he didnt mean anything against dallas. He loved and still does love his fanbase there. He said, he doesn’t hold it against the fans, but win or lose, there are 75% of the seats empty, and it is exciting to not see that on a regular basis.

    Not only will he have the full house in Buffalo most nights, but when he goes to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Boston it will also be full.

    Glad to have him here!

    • mehetmet - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      Hell, the guy has a car with Dallas Stars logos embroidered in the seats. How often do you see that. He liked it there, just respectfully moving on, and making the best of a new opportunity.

  3. 81rebel - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    LOL@ a real hockey city… yeah a city of losers!!!

    • millertime30 - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      ..back under your rock, please

    • lightingthelampsince88 - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      Good thing you added three exclamation points, really drove home the point. What a puddwacker

    • kopy - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      Sick burn, bro.

    • buddysguys - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      that doesnt even make sense…. you said a real hockey city…yeah city of losers…..at least write a real hockey city of losers or something…but as i can tell that would probably take all your creativity for the week possibly month.

      CHUMP

  4. kopy - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    …But it was such a fantastic decision to move the North Stars from Minnesota to Dallas!

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      Ahhhhhh you can blame Norman Green for that one.

      • kopy - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:22 PM

        I blame Norman Green for everything.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        lol That needs to be on a tshirt.

  5. icdogg - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    With a name like OTT he should be in Ottawa

    • mehetmet - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      /facepalm.

    • t16rich - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Comedy is not your calling.

  6. pftbillsfan - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Hahahaha that rebel character is funny. A city of losers thats good, even threw in redundant punctuation for effect. Glad he hammered that point home.

  7. t16rich - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Canucks vs Stars 2 years ago, it snowed in Dallas which lead to about only a 1,000 fans showing up. If snow causes your fans to not attend a hockey game, then yes, you aren’t a hockey city. Good fans in Dallas, yes, hockey city, no.

    • ray2013 - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      People south of a certain point do not know how to drive in the snow. I saw a national news story on Fox News how this one family thought it was going to die, etc when they were involved in a “terrible” motor accident, and that an angel must have saved them.

      They then went on to say, record snowfall in New Mexico, and the “accident” they suffered? Ice on the road caused them to hit the ditch and they had to wait a very long time before they were helped out.

      But I have lived in Vancouver, and it’s the exact same situation. It snows, and you might as well stay home, because there are going to be major accidents everywhere from people who don’t know how to drive in the snow.

      • t16rich - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        That is actually what happened in Dallas that night, they had icy roads downtown. I was just making a joke about why they aren’t a hockey city. The irony of snow keeping you home from attending a hockey game is kind of funny. I don’t dispute your point though. Icy roads are death waiting to happen.

      • ray2013 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        I’ve seen people drive four hours through a blizzard to go to a game up here. But we’ve grown up driving on winter roads here in Canada. It’s a learned skill, and some people don’t learn it. But you were right, it is ironic that a snow-storm keeps people away from a hockey game.

    • unholyprince - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      Southern cities don’t invest in cold weather response infrastructure, the same way cities in the Northeast weren’t prepared for last year’s Hurricane. There’s no point in wasting tax dollars on infrastructure that will get used once every 3-4 years.

      People in the North laugh at cities like Dallas shutting down with a little bit of ice on the road, the same way cities like Dallas and Tampa laugh at Newark and NYC panicking over a Cat 1 Hurricane. It’s all context and silly to judge.

    • t16rich - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      I apologize to the people who failed to find the humor in the fact people did not attend a professional hockey game because of snow and ice. I am not knocking southern driving skills, or care to here arguments about it. It was a simple joke based off of a fact.

  8. capesouth - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    (Ott + Kaleta + Scott) + (Lucic + Chara + Thornton + Marchand + McQuaid) + division rivals who meet 6 times a year = entertainment. Could throw Cambell in there bc he has history with Ott but whatever..will be fun.

  9. 81rebel - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    All those SC Banners the Sabres have won hanging in the rafters of the First Viagra Center are blinding everybody

  10. mclovinhockey - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Dallas is not a bad hockey city for the south, buffalo is not a bad hockey city as well… Still someone said buffalo is the number 2 hockey city on this page. 1. Toronto 2. Montreal 3. Philadelphia 4. Detroit…. Those are the top 4 teams who have had the best fan bases in the past 10 years.

    • mehetmet - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      he was saying buffalo hockey is #2 to football, where as in dallas its like 8th on the depth chart. he wasn’t sayin the #2 hockey city.

      “im not going to bash Dallas hockey fans any hockey fan is a good hockey fan. I think the point is that in Buffalo hockey is #2 and to some 1b to the the NFL”

      not saying buffalo is #2 hockey, saying that buffalo hockey is #2 to buffalo football.

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