Fans who have memories of the Sabres' annual Open Practice that was a Christmastime staple of the 1970s and 80s can rekindle them Jan. 6 when the team hosts its inaugural Sabres Skills Challenge at KeyBank Center. The event begins at 12:30 p.m.
As announced by the team Monday night, current Sabres players will be divided into two teams to compete against each other in an All-Star-style skills contest.
The five events are:
- Hardest Shot
- Accuracy Showdown
- Puck Control Relay
- Power Play Challenge
- Shootout Challenge
The events largely mimic the ones used by the NHL during its annual event on All-Star Weekend, which will be held this year on Jan. 25 in San Jose, Calif. Many teams have held similar events in their home arenas in recent years.
“We’re all pretty competitive, so this will be a good opportunity for us to face off against each other,” Sabres captain Jack Eichel said in a release from the team. “We’ve got some of the best fans in the league, and we’re looking forward to putting on a show for them.”
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased starting Friday at Sabres.com/SkillsChallenge. Season ticket holders will receive a presale code to purchase tickets beginning Wednesday at a discounted rate of $5.
The event includes an autograph session that begins at 11 a.m. and features Sabres alumni, including Danny Gare, Dominik Hasek, Gilbert Perreault and Rene Robert.
Fans will be given a ticket to one autograph table, to which alumni will be assigned randomly. There will be a 200-ticket limit per table and autographs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. for the autograph session.
During the Skills Challenge, players will wear custom Sabres jerseys that will be auctioned to raise money for the Sabres Foundation.
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