Before someone wins the Stanley Cup, the iconic trophy is coming to Buffalo.
The NHL Centennial Fan Arena will stop at KeyBank Center on June 2-3, coinciding with the NHL Scouting Combine. The league is celebrating its 100th year with a free interactive traveling experience that honors players, teams and moments from the last century.
In addition to seeing the Cup, fans can experience:
*A 53-foot museum truck featuring interactive displays, videos, historical memorabilia, unique photo moments and a social media wall. Customized to each market as the exhibit hits every NHL city, the truck will showcase the history of the Sabres.
*A second 53-foot video truck featuring team highlights and a pop-out stage for special appearances.
*A street hockey rink for children.
*A virtual reality Zamboni that allows fans to compete in a race to resurface the ice. Fans sit in a mini Zamboni and feel their seat rumble before being tasked with creating the perfect sheet of ice.
*A special net to donate gently used hockey equipment. The equipment will be up-cycled back into the community, continuing the league’s commitment to improve hockey's environmental footprint while supporting youth hockey.
The Centennial Fan Arena will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 2 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 3. The Cup will be on display from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 2 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 3.
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 video truck from 3-4 p.m. June 2. Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier, competing to be selected first and second overall, will join Casey Mittelstadt, Gabriel Vilardi and Michael Rasmussen for autograph signings, photo opportunities and interviews with Sabres broadcaster Brian Duff.