BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - With the Buffalo Sabres new season less than a month away, season tickets are now being delivered. But you might be surprised just who is making those deliveries.
Players make this kind of special delivery in other hockey towns, but this was a first in Buffalo! Two Sabres players brought a lot of joy to the workplace.
On Wednesday, Sabres players Thomas Vanek and Christian Erhoff put on their jerseys, but not to hit the ice. They hopped into a limo to make a special delivery.
Erhoff said, "Yeah, it's definitely nice to give back and show our appreciation to fans who support us."
Vanek added, "It's a tight community here and a good way to say thank you."
With new Sabres season tickets in hand, the players marched into Ingram Micro, and caught employees by surprise. Nobody expected the players to bring the tickets in person. Diane Plinke gave us a peak at her tickets.
"I love the Sabres. Oh they're great, love em," said Plinke.
Ingram Micro CFO Mark Maisano said, "It's outstanding and folks love it."
In all, eight Sabres players hand delivered tickets to a random selection of lucky season ticket holders in the Buffalo area. Sabres President Ted Black brought the idea with him from Pittsburgh.
Black said, "The message is: we love our fans. It's a two way street, and we really appreciate all the fans do for us to put us in the position we are."
The Sabres shared images of the deliveries on Twitter. They also invited some local Sabres bloggers to join them on the trip.
While the players traveled by limo, owner Terry Pegula drove himself on deliveries. "It tells the fans you care about them and that you want them to experience being inside a franchise," explained Pegula.
At Greatbatch, Vanek and Erhoff posed for photos.
Jennifer Matyjasik said, "This is fantastic and that's so great about WNY and our sports they have community involvement."
"This is a new era, new thing. I think it's great," said Vanek.
The Sabres hope to make this an annual tradition, something season ticket holders can look forward to in years to come.
The special deliveries came only a few days before Monday's exhibition game in Buffalo. The players hope their gesture makes the crowd cheer a little louder. And the limo drivers had a blast on Wednesday. You can see why in Lorey's reporter's notebook.
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