CANADIAN SABRES FANS
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.