Home Ice Advantage
The Ice Griffs will be the primary tenant in the new HARBORcenter, when it opens in fall 2014. The unique partnership between Canisius and the Buffalo Sabres enables the Golden Griffin hockey program to compete and practice in the $172 million multipurpose hockey and entertainment complex in Buffalo’s Canalside District.
“The college is making yet another big investment in the city, as we join with Terry and Kim Pegula and the Buffalo Sabres, to help revitalize downtown, advance the Canalside District and take our championship hockey program to a whole new level of excellence,” says President John J. Hurley. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for our student-athletes, alumni and fans to be part of this world-class facility.”
The Griffs will have access to both NHL-size rinks inside HARBORcenter. The team will also have its own 1,300-square foot state-of-the-art locker room, separate athletic training area and use of the Center of Excellence, a high-performance training facility designed specifically for development in the sport of hockey.
“This top-notch arena will be a tremendous resource with which to recruit, train and develop hockey,” states Coach Dave Smith.
The Golden Griffins are Buffalo’s only Division I hockey program. The team competes in the Atlantic Hockey Association and won its first conference championship during the 2012-2013 season.
“The opportunity to have a world-class facility like the HARBORcenter as our home venue will be a critical piece for Dave Smith and his coaching staff to continue to build a championship-level program,” adds Athletics Director Bill Maher ‘89. “Our goal is always to recruit and develop the best student-athletes we can at Canisius and playing in the HARBORcenter is another important part in realizing this goal.”