Saturday, September 20, 2008

More on Puck Drop 2008 ...

The response from today's events at HSBC seems to be overwhelmingly positive.

Everyone seems to love the new jerseys.

Everyone seems to love the fact that Darcy Regier got a contract extension.

Everyone seemed to love the street hockey tournament.

People seemed to love the autograph session with almost every Sabre there is. Note: the longest lines were for Miller and Afinogenov. (So although he had a bad year last year, the crowd still loves Max). Second note: I missed out on most of the autographs cause I was in the press conference, but my wife and kids got about a dozen each and said all the players were great (but their favorite was Stafford, who signed their shirts).

And personally, I loved the press conference in the afternoon. This guy, however, seemed to think that it was out of line to ask political questions.

I asked two questions at the press conference, one about Responsible New York ... and a second about the shared ownership deal. Golisano answered the first and Regier answered the second.

Good times.

BTW, I ordered a blank jersey from Dave and Adams Card World on Sheridan. They said it'd be in on Dec. 2nd.

Oh, and here's a link to some more of the photos I took.

Sabres Puck Drop 2008 ...

Lots went down today at HSBC Arena, including the unveiling of the new thirds (which look exactly like we thought they did), a scrimmage, lots of autographs, and a press conference with Tom Golisano, Darcy Regier, and Larry Quinn.

The morning started with a hockey tournament with over 60 teams, including a team for US&J Managing Editor Tim Marren. No word yet on how they did, but I'm sure he'll let you know on his blog.

At 10 a.m. there was a scrimmage between a Gold Sabres team and a Blue Sabres team. It was pretty high flying and fun to watch.

Following the game, the unveiled the new jerseys. They're pretty cool, although I think the stripes are a bit too wide. Didn't prevent me from pre-ordering one, though. (They're supposed to be in in early December.)

And following the unveiling, was the press conference. It was the first I've been to in what I hope are a series of many. Despite my newness to the scene, I wasn't afraid to ask questions.

Of Tom Golisano: "On Responsible New York, are you at all concerned that your foray into politics will damage your image as owner of the Sabres?"

The owner responded (I'm paraphrasing here - for the full answer check the Sabres website for the press conference audio): I knew I was going to take a hit, but I felt it was worth it do try to fix our state.

Interesting answer.

Golisano seemed to light up when the press steered the questions into the political realm.

Also interesting.

More on this whole thing later.

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