Kaleida Health Partners with NHL and Buffalo Sabres for NHL Combine

Updated: 8/19/2014
L to R: Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown; Jody Lomeo, president and CEO, Kaleida Health; Colin Campbell, senior executive vice president, NHL hockey operations; Ted Black, president, Buffalo Sabres; John Koelmel, president, HARBORCENTER.

The National Hockey League and the Buffalo Sabres today announced the NHL Combine will move to Buffalo in 2015 and 2016, with the event being held at First Niagara Center and the soon-to-be-completed HARBORCENTER complex across from the arena. The event, which has taken place in Toronto in previous years, showcases the top draft-eligible prospects from North America and Europe heading into the NHL Draft.

The event, held in late May or early June, is a chance for representatives – typically scouts, coaches and general managers – from the NHL’s 30 member clubs to observe the prospects undergo physical and mental tests. Teams conduct individual interviews with prospects before they undergo various fitness and skill tests to hopefully improve their value in the Draft.

Kaleida Health is partnering with the NHL and the Sabres to provide all medical services and testing for the Combine. In addition to providing on-site equipment and services, Kaleida Health’s local medical campuses will be available for additional, off-site testing locations.

"We are proud to partner with the National Hockey League and the Sabres in bringing the combine to Buffalo,” said Jody L. Lomeo, president and CEO of Kaleida Health. “Hosting this major event at HARBORCENTER is another step in the renaissance of our great community. Great things are happening across Western New York and we are happy to be a part of it. Our physicians and staff stand ready to work with the prospects and will deliver great care to them while they are in town."

HARBORCENTER, which opens this fall, is a $172 million hockey and entertainment complex that is connected to First Niagara Center in the Canalside District of downtown Buffalo. Among its many amenities, the facility boasts two NHL-size rinks, 11 locker rooms, the Academy of Hockey, IMPACT Sports Performance training facility, (716) Food and Sport restaurant, a destination Tim Hortons location, a full-service Marriott hotel and a 750-space parking structure and additional retail space. 

According to estimates by the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Combine is expected have a $2.4 million impact on the City of Buffalo and the surrounding region.