Clarence native and former Stanley Cup champion Kevyn Adams has been promoted to general manager of HarborCenter, Pegula Sports & Entertainment President and CEO Kim Pegula announced Thursday.
Adams, 44, will continue as the director of the Academy of Hockey and president of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres while taking on his new duties.
“Kevyn has been instrumental in HarborCenter programming since our initial phase of planning began back in 2013,” Pegula said. “Kevyn has facilitated unprecedented advancements in hockey development through the Academy of Hockey and the Jr. Sabres, which have helped establish our complex as one of the most complete hockey facilities in the world. He is a valued member of our organization and the ideal person to lead our HarborCenter operations moving forward.”
The promotion of Adams and other appointments at HarborCenter come in the wake of the sudden resignations of Michael Gilbert, senior vice president of administration and general manager, and Nik Fattey, vice president and director of hockey. They departed in early January after an internal investigation into whether the two men sexually harassed female employees after a company holiday party in December.
Adams joined the Sabres organization in 2009, following an 11-year NHL playing career that was highlighted by his 2006 Stanley Cup victory with Carolina. He served on the Sabres' coaching staff for four seasons under Lindy Ruff and Ron Rolston before helping to launch the Academy of Hockey. He was a Hall of Fame player at Miami (Ohio) University.
“I joined together with Terry and Kim five years ago to help implement their vision of growing the game of hockey on all levels,” Adams said of the Pegulas. “I am proud of the progress that we have made since HarborCenter’s opening, and I look forward to taking this next step."
Charlie Mendola and Jason Long have been named assistant general managers of HarborCenter. Mendola, the assistant director of the Academy and GM of the Junior Sabres Under-20 team, will oversee all hockey-related business, including the HarborCenter Cup youth tournament series.
Long will oversee the HarborCenter Rinks, the Buffalo Beauts and IMPACT Sports. He had been the Bills' coordinator of performance science/special projects.
Ryan Vinz, the Sabres' regular emergency goalie for games and practices, has been promoted to director of business and technology. He will oversee all of HarborCenter’s technology and rinks-related budgets.