Hockey fans don’t need reminding that it’s been a tough few years inside the Sabres’ arena. Poor play and low expectations have created silent nights. Hopefully, Buffalonians remember how to cheer. The time has arrived.
Noise rules at the NHL Draft, which will be held Friday and Saturday in First Niagara Center. It’s OK to boo when executives from rival teams walk to the stage. It’s acceptable to cheer wildly when the Sabres select an unknown kid in the fifth round. If you see a retired player sitting with other scouts on the arena floor, it’s fine to chant his name. Go nuts.
For many of the draft picks, the selection show will be the closest they get to an NHL ice surface. Make the day memorable for them by making noise.
The loudest draft moments typically come whenever Commissioner Gary Bettman appears. He’s always booed. Maybe Buffalo fans can flip the script and give him a standing ovation. He would be shocked into speechlessness.
OK. That’s probably asking too much. But for anyone attending the draft, please make the building fun again.