Sabres Submit Bid to Host NHL Pre-Scouting Combine
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP/WBEN) - The Buffalo Sabres have submitted a proposal to host the NHL's annual pre-draft scouting combine for at least the next three years.
Team spokesman Mike Gilbert says this would be big for the team and the region. "This will have a huge economic impact. All 30 NHL teams sent 8-10 people to the week-long combine. Draft eligible players, their families and agents are there. This would be huge for Buffalo," says Gilbet.
The NHL opened the bidding process for the first time this year after the Sabres lobbied to host the annual May event to coincide with the opening of HarborCenter, a $172 million hockey and entertainment complex. HarborCenter's construction was paid for by Sabres owner Terry Pegula, and will feature two rinks and a full-service hotel connected to the team's downtown arena.