BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has announced new management agreements for the city owned Lafayette, Cazenovia, and Riverside ice rinks.
Brown says that after a bidding process, the North Buffalo Bison Hockey Association, and Hasek's Heroes with the support of the Buffalo Sabres foundation have been awarded managerial rights.
"This is a good day in the City of Buffalo for those who like to skate... and those who like to play hockey."
The Bison Hockey Association will manage the Lafayette rink, while Hasek's Heroes will manage the operations at both Riverside and Cazenovia.
The Buffalo Sabres Foundation announced it will donate $100,000 for infrastructure upgrades at the Cazenovia and Riverside rinks.
Sabres senior advisor Cliff Benson pledged the organization's support for the project.
"Owning an NHL team is a great platform to help the community that surrounds. We are very focused on that and today is a great step forward in realizing some of the dreams that we have for that."
Mayor Brown also said there will be an increase in public skating hours at each rink. Brown says each rink is required to provide the following:
-3 weekday evenings: 2-hours of skating between 4-8pm