BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Details about hockey programming at HARBORcenter were revealed Tuesday, by HARBORcenter President John Koelmel. The HABORcenter will include a premier hockey training and development academy, youth partnership and coaching development programs and an expansion of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres.
The HARBORcenter Academy of Hockey will be directed by Kevyn Adams, vice president and director, and Nick Fattey, vice president and director of hockey. The program will combine both on and off-ice programming for hockey players and coaches at all levels. A full-time staff of coaches will lead and support skill-building programs.
Former Sabres players Larry Playfair and Michael Peca will also play new roles at the facility, by overseeing the youth partnership and coaching development programs and the expansion of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres Youth Organization. The Junior Sabres will expand to seven teams, to continue the mission of being the best developmental organization in the country.
“Hockey is obviously at the core of everything we’re doing at HARBORcenter,” Koelmel said in a release. “On its surface, HARBORcenter will be a world-class hockey and entertainment destination with amenities that aren’t found in a hockey complex anywhere in the country. However, the lifeblood of the complex will be an environment built to attract, foster and showcase hockey talent at all levels. Our goal is to make HARBORcenter an ideal venue for hockey at all levels to converge and allow for the game to grow in a way we haven’t seen before.”
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