Thursday night's overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes leaves the Sabres six points behind the Coyotes with just a couple of weeks left in the season. The team that finds themselves at the very bottom of the standings when the season is over is guaranteed no worse than the second overall draft choice, meaning the Sabres could land super-prospects Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. McDavid is currently the captain of the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. Eichel is presently a center at Boston University. Both are viewed as franchise players.
The Buffalo Bills will be honoring the late Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. with a statue. The organization announced it will commission a statute that will be displayed outside of Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.
For many local residents it was a Saint Patrick's Day they would like to forget. On March 17, 1995, the doors closed for good on what was once AM&A's department store on Main Street. "It was probably the lowest point in downtown Buffalo," said Jim Fink of Business First during his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass. For Fink, the anniversary serves as a reminder of how downtown life is on the upswing.
Hopes are high as UB enters the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament for the first time. The Bulls have been slotted as the 12th-seed in the Midwest Region, a position that has enjoyed success in recent tournaments.
The Western New York Medical Scholarship Fund is a newly formed community organization providing four-year scholarships to local students attending the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
The Ice at Canalside has exceeded expectations, says Sam Hoyt, board member for the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Board. "It appears that our final numbers will be in excess of 50,000 skaters," Hoyt said. Public skating for the facility's first season is scheduled to end on Tuesday.
More than 275 local high school students will be on hand at Niagara University Wednesday to take part in professional workshops on business leadership, interpersonal skills, dining etiquette and social media.
The Kenmore Tonawanda School Board is considering a possible boycott of the state's standardized tests. The Board says it wants Governor Cuomo to make changes to education policies. The school board will consider proposals at Tuesday night's.
Two separate house fires claimed the lives of two western New Yorkers Monday morning. There's word an elderly woman has perished in a house fire in West Seneca. Reports indicate the blaze broke out at a 67 Dirkson Avenue home and spread to a neighboring house.
Women's History Month places the spotlight on those whose contributions may have previously gone unnoticed. Sawrie Becker, commissioner of Office of Public Advocacy with the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, says women's history offers valuable lessons. "Courage is probably the most important thing. To be willing to take a stand when it may not be the popular thing to do."
A small plane crash in Virginia has taken the lives of three Western New York natives. The four-seat Mooney aircraft clipped treetops, flipped over and crashed as the pilot attempted to land at an airport near Norfolk, Virginia, early Wednesday morning killing the pilot and his two passengers.
With over 600 volunteers, the 29th annual Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale is expected to raise $300,000 for Hospice Buffalo in the coming days. Rose Collins, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, said Hospice provides families of those with severe illnesses "a compassionate, skilled way to look after your loved one and give them quality time in the time that remains."
Monday marked trade deadline day in the National Hockey League. WBFO'S 'Behind The Bench' Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe says the Buffalo Sabres have traded Goalie Michal Neuvirth to the Islanders for Chad Johnson.
Throughout February WNED/WBFO is recognizing everyday citizens of Western New York who are doing amazing things in their communities. Our “Making a Difference” project emphasizes the importance of volunteerism and encourages others to lend a helping hand. Here is the story of a community champion who is “making a difference.”
WBFO's Cheryl Hagen has the story of John Mika from The Teacher's Desk...