|Tom Geiger from Mt. Brydges, Ont.
Name: Tom Geiger
Location: Mt. Brydges, Ont.
Tom Geiger is a massive Sabres fan who lives in Mt. Brydges, Ont., just west of London. He has been a fan ever since his first trip to HSBC Arena 11 years ago where he was consumed by the passion for the team. Tom is a huge supporter of Sabres owner Terry Pegula and team president Ted Black, and says he respects their commitment to winning and has faith in these individuals to steer the team in the right direction. Tom describes the struggles he has being a Sabres fan in Southern Ontario, especially since he is surrounded by Red Wings and Maple Leafs fans, and doesn’t always have people to analyze and discuss Sabres games with. Even on a student budget, Tom still finds a way to purchase the NHL Centre Ice package so that he never misses a game. It’s also not uncommon for Geiger and his friends to make the drive down the QEW a few times a year, and fuel up at a local watering hole before the games. His favorite Sabres moment of all-time was Jason Pominville’s overtime winner against the Senators in the 2006 Eastern Conference semifinals. The significance of that goal, combined with broadcaster Rick Jeanneret’s call made it an unforgettable experience for Tom. Other special Sabres moments include being in attendance last season for Mikhail Grigorenko’s first NHL goal, and attending a playoff game in 2011. Tom owns three Sabres jerseys and numerous t-shirts, ticket stubs and game programs he has saved throughout the years.
Name: Peter Faint
Location: Victoria, BC/Guelph, Ont.
When Peter was seven years old, he came across a puck with the Sabres black and red logo on it in a Victoria, BC, sports store. Not yet knowing anything about the team or hockey in general, he instinctively bought the puck. That puck stoked his interest in hockey growing up. Now 12 years later, Peter is a massive Sabres fan. While most of his Western Canadian friends were developing into Canucks, Flames and Oilers fans, Peter knew he was going to be a Sabres fan for life. Despite not having much access to Sabres games out west, he would listen to them on the radio and check the scores every morning in the newspaper. Peter has gone to great lengths to see the Sabres play, including trips by ferry from Victoria to see them play the Canucks in Vancouver. He also traveled to Ottawa with his dad to see a pair of games in the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals. Growing up, he would wear a Miroslav Satan jersey nearly every day, and he says everyone that knows him associates him with his extreme passion for the team. Peter now attends Guelph University in Ontario and is ecstatic to be much closer to the team and city.
Name: Andrew Paul Whyte
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Andrew Paul Whyte grew up as a Sabres fan in Fort Erie, Ont., just across the border from Buffalo. He used to go over frequently to attend games. One of Andrew’s favorite memories include when his minor hockey team got to play during intermission at HSBC Arena and getting to meet Dominik Hasek. Andrew moved to Australia when he was 18, and brought his love for the team with him. Andrew says it’s difficult being a hockey fan in Australia, because equipment is hard to find and expensive to import. Watching Sabres games means he has to wake up very early in the morning, and usually has to stream them online as network coverage of hockey is minimal. Andrew has spread his passion for hockey and the Buffalo Sabres throughout Australia and he’s even converted his girlfriend from New Zealand into a fan of the game.
Location: Burlington, Ont.
Bryan lives just outside the Greater Toronto Area, and enjoys getting into friendly battles with the many Maple Leafs fans that he knows. Bryan owns four Sabres jerseys, along with numerous other cards, flags, posters and Sabres memorabilia that are proudly displayed across his work bench. A loyal fan since he was very young, Bryan – who shares his birthday with Pat LaFontaine – resisted his father’s attempts to make him a New York Islanders fan when he was growing up. Some of his greatest memories include some of the encounters he has had with former players like Dominik Hasek, and the opportunity to face the Sabres Alumni in a charity game with his minor hockey team. His best memory of attending a game was during the 1999 Stanley Cup Playoffs when Buffalo swept Ottawa and everyone was throwing brooms onto the ice. These days when Bryan makes his way down the QEW to First Niagara Center, he always stops at the Pearl Street Grill for dinner and drinks.
Name: Julian York
Location: Grimsby, Ontario
Julian is a Sabres fan who has been coming to games in Buffalo for nearly 10 years, despite living in a house full of Toronto Maple Leafs fans. When not attending games at First Niagara Center, he can usually be found in his man cave in the basement watching Sabres games on television. Julian says he attends as many games as possible, and likes nothing better than tailgating with other Sabres fans before the game, especially in the nice spring playoff weather. Proving than his fandom has no boundaries, Julian once skipped Easter Sunday to drive to Buffalo for a game against the Philadelphia Flyers.