BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Terry Pegula has the NHL's approval to purchase the Buffalo Sabres. What might be more important, though is that the Pennsylvania billionaire already has the support of Sabres fans, too.
Days before he's set to formally close on his $189 million purchase of the franchise, Pegula is becoming the most popular sports figure in town.
One fan was spotted at a recent game wearing a Sabres jersey with the name Pegula and the number 189 - representing his purchase price. A local company is selling T-shirts in the Sabres' colors and with the name "Pegula" written across the front.
And then there were the chants of "Ter-ry!" that went up in the third period of the Sabres 3-0 loss to St. Louis Friday night.
All this, and Pegula has yet to make a public appearance in Buffalo.