Posted by Scott Michalak on August 28, 2011 at 10:08 pm
As if the 2011-12 NHL season can’t start soon enough already…
We recently had a chance to catch up with one of our wonderful sponsors, “Hockey Heaven,” (store716), to see how their offseason has been going. It turns out they’ve been up to a lot – including a ticket giveaway (more on that later). Settle into your old Aud seat and enjoy our little Q&A – it looks like we’re in for quite a ride on and off the ice this year.
BSN:Ted Black said he wants Buffaloto be known as “Hockey Heaven” to the 800 players in the NHL. What’s your vision for Hockey Heaven?
Ultimately, we want the world to recognize Buffalo as Hockey Heaven. We want to hear Doc Emrick open up the NBC telecast from Buffalo with “Welcome to Hockey Heaven.” Heck, we want to hear a Bills game telecast open with “Welcome to Hockey Heaven.” We want to wake up some day and hear Al Roker doing his Today Show weather report mentioning that “there’ll be a little bit of snow over there in Hockey Heaven for our friends in Buffalo.” And we want the whole town to bring Hockey Heaven to life in their own way… and have fun with it.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to see people dressed up as Hockey Heaven inspired biblical characters at the F’N Center? Can’t you see a guy dressed as Moses carrying a replica Stanley Cup and a sign with the 10 Commandments of Hockey? Or better yet, a group of Buffalo Hockey Angels complete with halos and wings?
BSN: How have your charitable efforts been going over the summer?
Well we knew right away that if we were going to be bold enough to assume any type of stewardship for Buffalo’s “Hockey Heaven” moniker, acting “Heavenly” had to be a major focus long the way.
We’ve been lucky enough to make a little money selling Hockey Heaven t-shirts and we’ve been able to turn that around and help out a few great organizations and causes. We’ve been able to donate shirts to a bunch of local family fundraisers as such.
We made a nice donation to Buffalo Hearing & Speech from participating at their BrewFest event and we’ll be supporting the Huntington’s Disease Society next month. We’re also supporting youth hockey in Buffalo. We’ll be sponsoring the Backyard Classic hockey tournament (backyardclassic.weebly.com/sponsors.html) which supports Hasek’s Heroes and The Assist Foundation (facebook.com/pages/The-Assist-Foundation/111412372249952) which helps underprivileged kids with hockey expenses.
On top of that… we absolutely LOVE giving back to the Hockey Heaven Faithful! Last year we gave away a bunch of shirts, 3 pairs of Sabres tickets… and even had a few $50 cash prizes for photo contests.
BSN: Wow. What’s next?
We just released the Pegula “Like” tee that’s gotten a pretty great response already. We’ve already got verses and designs lined up for RJ, Myers, Ennis and Regher that we’ll be releasing in the coming weeks.
We’ll be adding some kids sizes, sweatshirts, winter hats and maybe even a few other things. (and we’re always up for more ideas).
As for contests, We may make the #FreeTeeFriday a tradition and we’ll have a pretty sweet ticket contest to announce soon. (Anyone need 200 Level seats to the opener?)
As if all of that wasn’t enough, Hockey Heaven let us know about a couple choice events that they’ve also got in the works:
We’re looking into organizing fun “marathon skating” fundraiser event this winter. We’re also in discussions with a major corporate sponsor to organize “Hockey Heaven Night” viewing parties for every Sabres away game this season.
Yep. Like I said at the top – can we start the season already or what?
We’ll keep you updated on Hockey Heaven’s efforts here on BSN. With all that Pegula has done, and with all that local businesses such as Hockey Heaven are now doing, this coming season looks to be one hell cloud 9 of a time.
Almost as hot as the dollar bills burning holes in Terry Pegula’s pocket. While we swelter away here in WNY on one of the hottest days of the year, let’s all sit back and try to cool off with a little reminder of good things to come in Autumn, courtesy of “Hockey Heaven.”
Grab an iced Tim Horton’s, drop a spoonful of Perry’s into it, hit play, and enjoy.
Actually, I don’t know about you, but that video made me sweat a little bit more. That’s ok. I’ve got plenty of Perry’s ice cream in the freezer.
Everything is tastier in Blue and Gold. Even that "Banana" flavor.
Posted by Scott Michalak on July 14, 2011 at 11:33 am
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.
2Posted by Scott Michalak on July 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm
We had a lot of great entries here, folks. Thanks to all who participated in our “What ‘Hockey Heaven’ Means to Me” contest. Our first winner is Brendan McIntyre, who is rooting for the Blue and Gold deep from within the United States Capitol. Take it away, Brendan!
Hockey Heaven is a life-long Sabres fan, raised on the French Connection-led Sabres of the old Memorial Auditorium, buying the team and preparing it for greatness.
Hockey Heaven is a jam-packed HSBC arena, boiling over with blue and gold Sabres fans, screaming at the top of their lungs the most amazing cheer in all of sports, “Let’s Go Buff-a-lo.”
Hockey Heaven is a horde of blue collar Sabres fans rallying out front of 1 Seymour H Knox III Plaza, watching playoff games on enormous big screens.
Hockey Heaven is turning down Versus and turning up the living legend, Rick Jeanneret.
Hockey Heaven will soon be a mob of humanity gathered from around the country to see the Sabres bring Lord Stanley’s Cup down Delaware Avenue.
Brendan also has an Ovechkin Sound Board on his blog. Goodtimes! I know, I should have typed “Ovechkin Sound Board” at the beginning of this post. Ovie is, after all, such an attention grabber: the “Can you give me some shots vodka please?” button on the sound board is a keeper. Hit it a few times in a row, and tell me you ain’t ready to dance.