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Deal keeps NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo through 2019

Hockey executives have loved the setup of the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo. They see no reason to change it.

The combine will remain in Buffalo until at least 2019, the NHL and the Sabres announced Tuesday. The event will be held downtown this month for the third straight year, and the news added two more years to the partnership.

“The Buffalo Sabres, HarborCenter complex and the City of Buffalo have proven to be amazing hosts and the ideal location for our annual Scouting Combine,” said Dan Marr, the director of NHL Central Scouting. “The NHL and its member clubs are pleased that this modern, all-encompassing venue will play host for the next three years.”

The combine moved from a Toronto conference center to Buffalo’s arenas in 2015. Teams set up in the KeyBank Center suites from Sunday through Friday to interview the draft-eligible prospects. On Saturday, the players do fitness testing in HarborCenter.

Although the public is not invited, the combine brings more than 100 prospects and hundreds of NHL employees to town. This year’s event is May 28 to June 3.

“It’s been a pleasure to host this event the last two years, and we are honored to be chosen to continue hosting through 2019,” Sabres President Russ Brandon said. “The combination of KeyBank Center and HarborCenter provides the perfect venue for the combine, and we look forward to building on the success we’ve achieved during the last two events.”

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