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Buffalo Sabres; First Niagara Center Set to Host OHL Game

August 26th, 2014 at 8:01 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Sabres and the Erie Otters joined together to announce the plans to bring the Otters to Buffalo for a regular season game.

The Erie Otters, who play at the juniors level of hockey in the Ontario Hockey League. The Otters will square off against the Niagara Ice Dogs on Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at First Niagara Center.

“The Sabres organization has made a real commitment to develop and grow hockey at every level,” Sabres president Ted Black said. “This will be a great chance to give the OHL a bigger platform to showcase their exciting brand of hockey. We are looking forward to a great game between the Otters and IceDogs and expect a great crowd to be on hand here in Buffalo.”

The big draw for this match will undoubtedly be Connor McDavid, forward for the Otters.

McDavid appears to be the consensus number one pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, which will be held next summer in Sunrise, Florida. Some analysts have him being a 'generational player' with talent similar to Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin.

Tickets for this game will go on sale at 9 a.m. on September 13. Tickets will be sold at the First Niagara Center box office or online at tickets.com. Tickets are $15 for the general public or $10 for Sabres season-ticket holders. Tickets will only be available in the 100 and 200 levels.

“First off, the Erie Otters are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a first-rate organization like the Buffalo Sabres,” said Sherry Bassin, general manager and managing partner of the Otters. “This is an exciting moment for hockey fans in Buffalo and our fans in Erie. They’ll have the chance to see the hockey stars of tomorrow play in a future NHL home like First Niagara Center. It’s a special opportunity for the Ontario Hockey League, as a hockey town like Buffalo will provide great exposure for the top junior hockey league in the world.”

The consensus number two pick in the upcoming NHL draft, Jack Eichel, is expected to be in Buffalo for the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at First Niagara Center on Thursday, September 25. Tickets for that game are on sale now.

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Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Erie, Hockey, NHL, OHL, Otters

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