Hockey Fans Invited to Celebrate NHL’s 100th Anniversary in Buffalo
When the NHL Scouting Combine returns to Buffalo again this year, hockey fans are invited to the NHL Centennial Fan Arena at KeyBank Center on June 2nd & 3rd. It's a free interactive experience honoring players, teams and moments from the past 100 years including a chance to see the Stanley Cup.
Among the features of the event:
- A 53-foot museum truck featuring interactive displays, videos, historical memorabilia, unique photo moments and a social media wall. The exhibit is making an appearance in every NHL city and at this stop it will showcase the history of the NHL and the Buffalo Sabres.
A second 53-foot video truck will feature team highlights and a pop-out stage for special appearances.A street hockey rink for kids.
- A virtual reality Zamboni that allows fans to compete in a race to resurface the ice. Fans sit in a mini Zamboni and actually feel the vibration of the machine as they sit in the driver's while they work to create the perfect sheet of ice.
- A way to recycle your gently used hockey equipment. The equipment will be recycled back into the community, continuing the league’s commitment to showcase the game while supporting youth hockey.
Hours for the Centennial Fan Arena:
- 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 2nd and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 3rd.
- The Stanley Cup will be on display from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 2nd and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 3rd.
The NHL’s “Hockey is for Everyone” program will join the Sabres in donating $5,000 to Hasek’s Heroes, the nonprofit organization founded by Hall of Fame goaltender Dominik Hasek.
The top draft prospects will take a break from the combine for an appearance at the video truck from 3-4 p.m. on Friday, June 2nd. Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier, competing to be selected first and second overall, will join Casey Mittelstadt, Gabriel Vilardi and Michael Rasmussen to sign autographs, pose for pictures and interviews with Sabres broadcaster Brian Duff.