Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A key element of Harbor Center will indeed be hockey. Today, Harbor Center and the Sabres announced a new Academy of Hockey, which they say will be a premier development program for players and coaches.
“Hockey is obviously at the core of everything we’re doing at HARBORCENTER,” HarborCenter President John Koelmel said. “On its surface, HARBORCENTER will be a world-class hockey and entertainment destination with amenities that aren’t found in a hockey complex anywhere in the country. However, the lifeblood of the complex will be an environment built to attract, foster and showcase hockey talent at all levels. Our goal is to make HARBORCENTER an ideal venue for hockey at all levels to converge and allow for the game to grow in a way we haven’t seen before.”
Former Sabres assistant coach Kevyn Adams has been named director of the academy. “Developing as a hockey player never stops, no matter what level you’re playing at,” Adams said. “The HARBORCENTER Academy of Hockey will be a tremendous experience for players and coaches — from the youth level all the way up to the professional ranks — to come together and continue to grow as a hockey player, both physically and mentally. I’m excited to bring the things I’ve learned as a player and coach in the NHL to HARBORCENTER as well as implementing new and innovative concepts to enhance participant development.” The program will focus on both on ice and off ice programs.
The Junior Sabres youth organization is expanding to seven teams, encompassing multiple age groups.