BUFFALO, N.Y. - As he looks out over the rapidly progressing construction, Former NHL player and Sabre assistant Coach Kevyn Adams is clearly excited, in his new role as Director of the Academy of Hockey. He can't wait to show people HARBORcenter is more than just a hotel project with a couple of rinks attached. "There's a lot of things we're working on that are new and exciting and haven't been done before."
"When people hear about it, they want to know more about it...NHL teams, scouts, coaches, youth hockey, across the board, there's tons of interest." says HARBORCENTER Vice President Nik Fattey, who adds they will take a holistic approach to training. "Nutrition, off-ice, on-ice training, we're going to be focusing on that, we're going to have a menu for athletes to come to us."
Fattey also showed us the preliminary layout, players will be able to go from a high performance off ice training center, to a nutrition or other conference in the classroom space, then right out onto the ice. The space will be used to educate everyone from players to coaches to even parents. Fattey looks at this melding of ideas as sort of a silicon valley approach to hockey. "Hockey has plenty of different disciplines, coaching, skating, goaltending, strength and conditioning, everything, we want people to come down here and look at Buffalo as the place to be."
Adams says that this project will be about both athletic development and economic development for downtown Buffalo. "we want to focus and wrap our arms around WNY and this region...but at the same point, we want to make sure we're thinking big, we're global, we want people from all over to say, I need to be at the Harbor Center, I want to come to Buffalo to become a better hockey player."