On February 18, 2011, to the shock and delight of hockey fans in WNY, Terry Pegula purchased the Buffalo Sabres for $189 million dollars. Just four months later, Pegula purchased the Sabres former minor league franchise, the Rochester Americans.
“This is not an affiliation, this is a unification,” Sabres president Ted Black said, “We’re one market, we are one team and we have one vision.”
But that vision doesn’t end there.
Sources close to Pegula tell The B.O. he is “very interested” in buying a third hockey team. But this time, he’s targeting a local Pee-Wee hockey franchise: The Angola Pigmen.
“Mr.Pegula was very serious when he proclaimed the Sabres and Amerks as the foundation of a “Sabres University”, says our source. “The Angola Pigmen will serve as the ‘elementary school’ extension of that same idea”.
The rumored purchase of the Angola area children’s hockey team has created a huge buzz inside the Pigmen locker room, but some of the parents don’t seem so thrilled with the idea.
“Pegula’s ‘championship at any cost’ mentality is fine for the professionals, but that’s a lot of pressure for a bunch of ten-year olds,” says one hockey mom. “My son still wets the bed from time to time.”
Despite their parents reservations, for the Pigmen players, playing for Terry Pegula is a dream come true. “Mr.Pegula promised to buy us ice cream after every game, no matter what!!” said one excited Pigman forward. “If we win, we even get rainbow sprinkles!”
“Rainbow sprinkles” may be a sticking point in the final purchasing negotiations, however the excitement of the children remains unwavering. One young Pigman even has a suggestion for his new owner. “I hope Mr.Pegula trades Billy Thompson,” remarks the Pigmen’s 11-year-old goaltender,”He smells like dookie”.