HSBC Arena returned to life on Friday night as the 2010 Buffalo Sabres NHL draft party took place. More than 3,000 fans passed through the arena over the course of the evening, with numerous activities and entertainment available for the whole family.
On the 200 level Harbour Club, Studio Host Kevin Sylvester and analysts Harry Neale and Mike Robitaille anchored the draft coverage, hosting a roundtable discussion throughout the night.
New to the draft party this year was a Sabrekidz craft zone, where kids of all ages could make their own unique Sabres pennant, jersey, bracelet, and souvenir puck. Fans also had the chance to prove their talent in the Sabres Hockey Skills Challenge, where accuracy and touch led the way to some Sabres Store prizes.
The players’ hallway was open as Sabrefans had the opportunity to visit the Sabres locker room to get a rare glimpse of what it’s like to be an NHL player. Young future NHL stars showed their promising skills on two floor hockey courts set up in the middle of the arena floor.
Fans also got the opportunity to meet recent Sabres draftees Drew Schiestel
and Marcus Foligno
at an autograph session which also featured Sabres alumni Ric Seiling and Rob Ray.
Although the Sabres didn’t draft until the 23rd pick, the arena was abuzz when the Sabres selected Defenseman Mark Pysyk
from the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Pysyk, registered 24 points and logged more than 20 minutes a game before a broken foot ended his season on February 10.
For continuing coverage of the 2010 NHL Draft from Los Angeles stay tuned to sabres.com for updates and breaking news throughout the weekend.