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For the past two years, Hockey Heaven has been the place where the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association has crowned its season-ending boys hockey champions. That recent trend has a chance at becoming a tradition. The NYSPHSAA announced Friday that HarborCenter will remain the host site for the Division I and II final four through 2021. According…

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What: 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Hockey Championship When: Dec. 26-Jan. 5 Where: 23 games at Key Bank Center; seven games at HarborCenter; outdoor game at New Era Field on Friday (3 p.m.) Participating teams: Group A – United States, Canada, Denmark, Slovakia, Finland. Group B – Russia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belarus. Co…

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The countdown clock for the start of the World Junior Championships is under two months, and the 2017-18 version of the tournament that starts the day after Christmas is going to look quite a bit different than the 2010-11 event that played to strong reviews here seven years ago. On the ice, one big difference is that lesser-profile games in pool play as well as contest…

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Since HarborCenter opened in 2014, the Sabres have used the downtown facility simply as an alternate practice site when KeyBank Center was unavailable due to concerts or Bandits games. That mindset appears to be changing under coach Phil Housley. In Housley's first season as head coach, the team ran virtually all of training camp there and then practiced there Sunday mo…

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The Sabres dress in KeyBank Center and walk over to HarborCenter with most of their gear on for practice, usually using the tunnel in the arena pavilion that connects the two facilities. Ryan O'Reilly has made the quick jaunt even easier – by converting his hockey skates to roller skates with clip-on wheels. "I remember seeing these a few years back. I saw some kid flyi…

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A bold, graphic mural that packs nearly every conceivable symbol of Buffalo's past and present onto three garage door panels was chosen as the winner of a public art contest launched last month by HarborCenter. The winning artists are Thomas Paul Asklar and Matthew Sinclair Conroy of Lewiston, who went head to head in a public voting competition with five other entries fr…

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Let’s say you buy a National Hockey League team, and still have lots of money left. So much you can buy a National Football League team and still take a double-rink hockey complex with garage and high-rise hotel out of petty cash. Heck, build it next to the hockey arena. It wouldn’t be complete without a big restaurant, of course, because everybody’s gotta eat – and drink…

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If you're a "Seinfeld" fan, you've likely already acted fast and purchased tickets to his Shea's appearances, as both have been sold out for some time. But, even if you missed out on the TV superstar, there's still an awful lot to do. Here's The 10: 1) Ellicottville Winter Blues and Brews Fest, 4 p.m. Jan. 22 through Jan. 24. Each sampling session requires a $10 donation…

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The bland brown loading dock of HarborCenter that greets visitors shuffling along Scott Street between (716) Food and Sport and Tim Hortons will soon receive an injection of color as part of a public art project planned for the building. The mural, following a model established locally by a recent public art project at 95 Perry St., will be chosen via a public vote on the…

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That kid behind the counter at Tim Hortons in the HarborCenter this morning looked familiar and with good reason: It was Sabres' rookie sensation Jack Eichel. The 19-year-old first round draft pick put down his stick and picked up a coffee pot for a while this morning, leading to stunned double takes from customers who thought they were getting some caffeine, not a brush …

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Parking was scarce at Canalside during this week’s visit, especially for a weekday. The new skating rink was full of wobbly Buffalonians, baby fawn legs all akimbo on the ice as we wandered into the new (716) Food and Sport, a bar and restaurant dedicated to televised sports and all things Buffalo. The bar is made to look like blue ice, and flashes red whenever the Sabres…

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So this is what it looks like when a billionaire builds a sports bar.That’s what I was thinking Friday, chewing on a chicken wing and looking down from my second-floor perch at the first 38-foot screen I’ve ever seen that didn’t have a football stadium attached. I was one of the first customers at (716) Food and Sport, which opened Friday. It’s …

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Last week, it was Tim Hortons. This week, 716 goes from area code to the next big thing downtown. (716) Food & Sport, the sports bar inside HarborCenter will open at 3 p.m. Friday, according to tweet sent out from @716FoodandSport. (An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the opening would be 11 a.m.) In his article last week in The Buffalo News following …

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Amid a flurry of blue and gold balloons and hoisted iPhones, HarborCenter officials unveiled a bronze sculpture of NHL Hall of Famer and former Sabre Tim Horton Thursday afternoon across from HarborCenter's tricked-out Tim Hortons that opened earlier in the day.The statue was officially given to the City of Buffalo, on whose land it sits, by Tim Hortons USA and the local o…

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HarborCenter doesn't officially open until early November, but restaurants in the facility will begin service by the end of the month. The two-story Tim Hortons will start selling coffee at 5 a.m. Oct. 30, a Thursday. A formal ceremony will be held later in the day with company executives and members of the hockey legend’s family unveiling a new statue of Horton across th…