Buffalo is Hockey

Posted: January 15, 2013 in Sports

Yesterday Buffalo welcomed the Buffalo Sabres back to the First Niagara Center (FNC). The loyal hockey fans came out to the beat of 10,175 fans. Does this mean Buffalo fans have moved past the lockout, or does that show that Buffalo is truly Hockey Heaven?

It’s January, and normally January is just about the midway point of a hockey season. However this year it is the start of the shorten season. A season shorted by a drawn out lockout.  Many fans; and downtown business owners alike are more than happy hockey is back. With fans sitting around with very little to do it’s no wonder that the FNC was rocking for a preseason scrimmage.

As for the question, of have Buffalo fans moved past the lockout or; is Buffalo Hockey Heaven? I guess that depends on your point of view. I would say it’s the later. Buffalo people in general of some of the biggest hockey fans in the country. It is no surprise that the fans in this city came out to watch their favorite sport. Hockey in buffalo is big business, and now that hockey is back business will be good. Let’s look at another example of what great fans Buffalo has. During the lockout the FNC was sold out for an AHL hockey game. Showing that all we need is hockey.  If you need further convincing; all you need to do is look at last year’s juniors’ tournament. Western New York and Southern Ontario (the Buffalo market) packed the FNC again.

I will concede that fans have short memories when it comes to work stoppages, but I don’t believe this is the case in Buffalo. The way the lockout was handled was offensive to every fan base, but in Buffalo it was a slap in the face.  In this city fans have almost always supports the Sabres, and the NHL in general. During the NHL playoffs last year the Buffalo market was top 3 in the Nation in viewing. Only be behind the teams playing at the time of the data collection.

Without question the Sabres have a great fan base, but I do not believe that the lockout has been forgotten. It is a case of Hockey Heaven loving its name sake. Now Drop the Puck.

 

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