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Buffalo lands next two NHL scouting combines

Aug 18, 2014, 1:12 PM EDT

Toronto’s reign of combine dominance is over!

OK, bit dramatic there, but it’s slow and there is news to report — Buffalo has landed the NHL Scouting Combine for 2015 and ’16, the NHL confirmed on Monday.

“The NHL Combine is an essential event for all of our Member Clubs in advance of the Draft, which continues to grow in importance,” NHL VP of hockey ops Colin Campbell said in a statement. “The League has pushed to improve the Combine each year and the state-of-the-art facilities in Buffalo will allow us to further enhance the quality of the event for our teams, prospects and media.”

While a big score for Buffalo and the HarborCenter — the $172 million hockey/entertainment facility privately funded by Sabres owner Terry Pegula — the news doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Back in June, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed Buffalo was “vigorously pursuing” the combine and, as various outlets have suggested, Buffalo is also gunning to host the World Junior Hockey championships in 2018.

Per TSN, the NHL did offer its other teams an opportunity in June to submit bids for combine hosting duties. TSN also notes that the Sabres had proposed to host the event for at least the next three years.

Previously, the combine had been held inside a convention center in Toronto — which had no on-ice testing and not much room for fans to show up and attend. The HarborCenter layout is much more conducive for a large-scale event.

  1. flyerguy73 - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Now everyone can see what a hole in the earth buffalo really is! Great job.

    • buddysguys - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      cause Philly is just gorgeous right? Get a cheesteak, see a bell, get stabbed. Vacation over.

      • lowenni - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        That was hilarious.

    • bullwinkle88 - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      Crawl back into your hole, clown. When we need to hear from the Village Idiot, we’ll rattle your cage.

    • Hard to BeLeaf - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      Actually, the big hole is down river from Buffalo. It’s called Niagara Falls. It’s also nice than Philly.

  2. djshnooks - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Boom. Well done, Sabres/NHL, well done.

    This is a huge get for the hotel and restaurant business in the city of Buffalo.

  3. djshnooks - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Lots of college friends from Philly, my cousin went to Temple…it’s a total dump.

    Buffalo is at least making a comeback.

    Terry Pegula is one of the richest owners in sports and he’s dumping money into the city I revitalize it left and right.

    You’d think people from places like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia would be happy for a place like Buffalo…instead they are ignorant and trashy…being left behind.

    Also for the guy who said Buffalo didn’t start the outdoor game…did you hear that quote by Ted Black? “We are honored the NHL has looked to Buffalo again to launch a new concept.” Trendsetters! Woot! Lol.

  4. patthehockeyfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Good for Buffalo, the Sabres, and their fans. The Sabres’ fans are reportedly the most loyal, die hard fans in the NHL. Glad to see some recognition for them.

  5. bullwinkle88 - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Can we please now host the 2016 Entry Draft? The last time we did it, Lindros was the first selection – and refused to put on the Nordique uniform!

    It’s been too long!

  6. djshnooks - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    They put in a bid for the draft today.

    They also beat out Pittsburgh for the combine! Lmfao. Isn’t that something?

    • Hard to BeLeaf - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      A team that has been stockpiling prospects getting the combine over Pittsburgh isn’t a big surprise. It actually makes more sense for Buffalo to get it.

  7. hockey412 - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Ok now just wait. “”Buffalo was heads and toes above everybody else in hosting the Combine.” — NHL’s Colin Campbell.”….I really don’t think “heads and toes above” is a thing.

    I realize it’s not the point, but seriously. Some people should not use idioms.

    • patthehockeyfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      One would hope that he meant ‘head and shoulders’ above everybody else. He mixed ‘head to toe’ in there.

      Now I can’t stop giggling.

      Sort of reminds me of a misuse of a word when Alec Martinez described his series-winning SCF goal. “It was a great play by them, I was just the benefactor.” Said it at least twice in post-game interviews. My neighbors must have been wondering why I was yelling at the TV, “BENEFICIARY!”

      • bullwinkle88 - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        I’m hoping English isn’t his first language…for his sake.

      • hockey412 - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        Haha I should get so bent out of shape but it just makes my blood hit the ceiling :)

  8. Hard to BeLeaf - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Congrats Buffalo! Combine isn’t a huge deal, but it’s fun for fans who want to see future stars.

    • shutmdownd - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      See for Buffalo and everything that is going on at the harbor center and the waterfront it is a big deal, there will be plenty of money put into the area from this, it is nice seeing the “if they build it, they will come” modo kinda coming to fruition… hopefully just the start!

  9. rabidbillsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    The combine isn’t a thing because in Toronto it couldn’t be a thing. Didn’t you read the article? Hard to pitch something to the masses when only a handful can attend, and then not watch them do anything On-Ice. Would you watch the NFL combine if all they did was 40’s, Benches and Long Jumps? I love the hate for the city as well, I mean, the anonymous handles here are clearly more qualified to determine the integrity of a city than an NHL VP. Buffalo will soon be a Hockey destination, a cultural melting pot for the NHL and the like.

  10. Wineshard - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    No, actually Heads and Toes above everyone else makes sense. They were THAT MUCH better than everyone else. They were hovering over other entries like a Messiah.

    • patthehockeyfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      Now THAT’ funny!

      • patthehockeyfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:57 PM

        (oh, to have a moment to edit one’s comment)

  11. leninthebuff - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    These comments about cities are really getting RIDICULOUS…Buffalo isn’t Toronto, New York or Los Angles…so what.

    @flyerguy73…it must really suck being you…you must live in mom’s basement and have no friends bc you sure have a lot of hate inside…seek professional help bc it must suck going through life for you

    @Hard to BeLeaf…you are absolutely right in that the combine isn’t a big thing and that’s the NHL’s fault. Maybe this moving the combine here and making it fan friendly would help make it popular and there after move from city to city.

    • Hard to BeLeaf - Aug 20, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      I agree. I think it’s a great idea to move the combine around too. It’s good for getting more fans into the game around the league. Good to spread the fun around like the Draft, Winter Classics and All Star Games. Toronto gets the NBA All Star game in a couple season too. Good things going on in the Golden Horseshoe :)

  12. flyerguy73 - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    @leninthebuff, you nailed it! Yes I hate being me, and living in my moms basement has it’s advantages. Just because you like a suck a$$ team like the sabres, please don’t hold that against me. They will be bottom feeders this year, and many more years to come, and I absolutely love it. From the number 1 buffalo hater.

  13. mnwildandcaps8 - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:36 AM

    @flyerguy73 in a few years the Sabers are going to be unreal and will dominate your Flyers. The talent that the Sabers have and will have after the 2015 draft should scare every team in the league.

  14. mnwildandcaps8 - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:41 AM

    Also if I am not mistaken your captain Giroux is the only Nhl player that I know of that has gotten arrested for grabbing another mans a$$. I think you should stop hating on Buffalo for having mediocre sports teams In the past. Buffalo is a great city and the Sabers are going to be stacked in a few years

  15. zinger99 - Aug 20, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    If you want to have any credibility,learn to spell Sabres. Sabre fans…honestly.

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