When Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula unveiled his plan for HARBORCENTER, the idea of growing hockey downtown was one of the focal points of the complex.
Now that the foundation of the building has been laid, so has the foundation of the hockey camps to be held in the near future.
The HARBORCENTER site shows that there are significant Sabres connections when it comes to the hockey directors and coach.
The Vice President and Director of the Academy of Hockey is Kevyn Adams, most recently an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres but more notably known for his 11-year NHL career that includes a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Adams is from Western New York and played for the Wheatfield Blades as well as the Niagara Scenics (now known as the Buffalo Junior Sabres).
Adams will oversee the program with his full staff of directors and coaches as the camps begin to take shape.
The Academy of Hockey Director of Goaltending is a familiar face as well, former Sabres goaltender Martin Biron. A fan favorite from the past, Biron makes his return to Buffalo after spending time with the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders and New York Rangers, including a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals with the Flyers in 2008.
Biron has recently retired from the NHL and will now oversee the growth and development camps for goaltenders at HARBORCENTER as well use innovative ways to help analyze a goaltender through video and implement all goaltending aspects of the Academy of Hockey.
The third former Sabres member to be mentioned is Adam Mair, who is now the Academy of Hockey Coach.
Mair spent 12 seasons in the NHL, including trips to the playoffs with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Sabres. Mair was an enforcer with the Sabres during their run to the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals.
Mair retired in 2011 and moved on to coaching where he became the director of player development for Canisius College.
As the coach, Mair will educate players and coaches in clinics as well as on-ice.
The first events to take place at HARBORCENTER will start on October 31 with a AAA hockey tournament. . The camp schedules haven't been released.Tags: Adam Mair, Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, HARBORCenter, Hockey, Kevyn Adams, Martin Biron, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, NHL, Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs