The “Hockey Heaven” Contest: Introducing Kelly

Time to wrap things up.

Again, we had a lot of great entries here, folks. Thanks to all who participated in our “What ‘Hockey Heaven’ Means to Me” contest. Our second winner (no particular order) is Kelly Heft, a die-hard Sabres fan from the day she was born. Take it away, Kelly!

I was born during the game that put the Sabres in their first Stanley Cup Final. Legend has it my dad had the game playing in the delivery room, and when I came home from the hospital he would rock me while watching the games on TV. I’ve been a Sabres fan since I was born, and Feb 22nd felt like a new beginning. For me Hockey Heaven is a rebirth, with the team and fans coming together as a hockey family. Seeing the Pegula family handing out programs, alumni welcomed back with open arms, and fans being truly listened to all reminded me of what brings me back to the Sabres year after year. It’s that sense of belonging to a community all dreaming of and working towards one common goal. Now we’re ALL united as a family, working towards the same vision: bringing the Stanley Cup to Buffalo.

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Kelly and Sis at the Winter Classic - one of few tastes of "Hockey Heaven" under the Golisano Era.

If you recognize her sister, that’s because she is  “Her Heiny Granger” of the Queen City Roller Girls’ Devil Dollies. Outstanding. The next time I go to an away game, I want these girls on my bus.

Kelly writes a  Sabres blog, entitled “Rooting For Laundry.” She can also be found on Twitter, at @KHeft.

Once more – thanks to all that participated. If there is one thing this contest taught me, it is that the idea of “Hockey Heaven” is deeply embedded in our hockey hearts already.

Go Sabres.

Be sure to visit “Hockey Heaven,” our sponsor of this contest.

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