After serving as the team’s interim head coach since February 20, Ron Rolston was today named as the 16th coach in the history of the Buffalo Sabres franchise. The announcement was made official at a press conference held at First Niagara Center.
“For me it’s both exciting and humbling to be the head coach of such a storied organization, especially in the city of Buffalo and what this team means to the city,” said the 46-year-old Rolston. “For me, coming in as an interim coach has allowed me the opportunity to get familiar with the organization and the players. The capabilities and potential here are very exciting for myself. I’ll certainly take great pride and work extremely hard for the organization to get to where we need to go, and where we all want to go.”
The Buffalo News
August 29, 2012, 5:33 PM
The Buffalo Sabres today pledged to add to the energy along the city’s waterfront during Mayor Byron W. Brown’s announcement that the team had won the right to develop the Webster Block.
“We will not be an absentee landlord,” Sabres President Ted Black said. “We will do right by this city. We will do right by our fans.”
Under the Pegula plan, the waterfront will soon be home to two ice rinks, a hotel and parking structure, as well as a New Era flagship store and a “destination” Tim Hortons restaurant.
The new development will connect through an elevated walkway to First Niagara Center, making the three-rink complex the first of its kind in the National Hockey League, Black said.
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com
The City of Buffalo’s Canalside area will have another “front door” thanks to the contribution of Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula.
With blue skies and the bustling waterfront as the backdrop, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced today that Pegula and the Sabres will spend $120,000 to install 90,000 square feet of new sod to three parcels of city-owned property in the Canalside area adjacent to First Niagara Center. Work to clean and clear the land has already started, with the new sod expected to be down within the next few weeks.
In addition, the chain link fences and concrete jersey barriers that currently ring the perimeter of the downtown land will be removed to provide unfettered public access to the new greenspace.
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