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3 fun sports-related things to see downtown at World Junior games

Looking for something to do in downtown Buffalo between games during the World Junior Championship? We've got three ideas right near - and even inside - KeyBank Center and HarborCenter.

• Take photos with a statue of the French Connection, outside of the KeyBank Center. The rendering of  Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Rick Martin, the immortal Sabres trio, was sculpted by Jerry McKenna after a photo by Ron Moscati of The Buffalo News.

• When you're in the KeyBank Center, be sure to check out the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, located on the first-floor pavilion area near the Sabres’ store. There, you’ll find all sorts of Buffalo sports memorabilia from names familiar to hockey fans including Dave Andreychuk, Mike Ramsey, Scotty Bowman and current Sabres' coach Phil Housley. Since its inception in 1991, 315 athletes have been inducted. It’s free to visit.

• Before there was a Tim Hortons coffee shop, there was Tim Horton the NHL star defenseman and former Buffalo Sabre. His statue stands tall across the street from his namesake Tim Hortons at HarborCenter.


The statue of Tim Horton across from HarborCenter is another good look for the waterfront. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News file photo)

The statue of Tim Horton across from HarborCenter honors the late Buffalo Sabre. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News file photo)

After getting a photo with the statue, head into the Timmy Ho’s, grab a coffee or hot chocolate and Timbits for the kids, and then peruse the walls where you can read about Horton and study a timeline that traces the history of Memorial Auditorium. It’s a hidden treasure and chronicles not only significant games but major concerts at the arena.







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