KeyBank Center

Mike Desmond, WBFO

The Buffalo Sabres opened their 2018-19 National Hockey League season with a disappointing home shutout loss to the rival Boston Bruins. But before witnessing the 4-0 defeat, fans - and family of Sabres players - celebrated the start of a new hockey season, and hope for improvement upon last season's last-place finish.

KeyBank Center

Buffalo's budget needs led to a tax on tickets sold for most of the city's entertainment venues. However, the tax is in the city budget, but has yet to take effect.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the (merciful) end of the team's home schedule for the 2017-18 season, a campaign that saw the team win a paltry 11 home games. Also, two of the team's top prospects are with the team for a late-season cup of coffee. Bill shares some thoughts on Casey Mittlestadt and Alexander Nylander on the penultimate episode of Behind The Bench.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's continuing struggles at home, where they've now lost four straight games, and their failure to execute "simple plays." Also, how the Sabres' season of misery is leading to a lot of empty seats at KeyBank Center. And we'll catch up with former Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, now playing in his 15th season, who has found comfort and contentment in Anaheim.


Kerra Trivieri

Organ music has been part of Christian worship services since the Middle Ages. It has a long history in concert programs, but in the early 20th century, the organ crossed over into public arenas and a new style of organ playing developed for silent movies, stage acts, and sporting events. WBFO’s Arts & Culture Desk producer Scott Sackett visited with organist Curtis Cook, whose innovative flair inspires audiences in the churches, theaters, and other venues where he plays.


2018 IIHF World Juniors

The world’s best youth hockey players have arrived in Buffalo. Tuesday is the start of the 2018 IIHF World Juniors.

He was remembered as a man who lived by the values of his careers in the military and Buffalo Police Department. And as one of those speaking at his funeral put it, Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner is a hero not because of how he died but because of how he lived.


Buffalo Police Department

Calling hours begin Monday for Officer Craig Lehner at Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home in Hamburg.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

They came from the Buffalo area, from other parts of Western New York and from out of town, shuffling inside the KeyBank Center Thursday for the first round of games in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Thursday is Day One of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in Buffalo. Both transportation and tourism leaders say the previous two days' worth of snow has not affected their plans to make fans feel welcome in downtown Buffalo.


College basketball fans — the choice is yours. Fill out your bracket now if you haven't already. Or experience angst until Thursday, when the first round of the men's NCAA tournament starts. On Sunday, the selection committee set the field for the annual descent into March Madness.

While the tournament officially starts Tuesday with the First Four in Dayton, Ohio, the first round — and where ballots start counting — is Thursday.

The four No. 1 seeds are defending champion Villanova, North Carolina, Kansas and Gonzaga.

Google Maps

The owners of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres have purchased a building in the city's Cobblestone District, near KeyBank Center.

UFC

Buffalo will be the site for Ultimate Fighting Championship 210 on April 8, as the Octagon sets down at KeyBank Center for the promotion's first visit here since 1995.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Buffalo Sabres open their 2016-2017 National Hockey League regular season tonight at home against Montreal in the recently-renamed KeyBank Center. That's just one of several changes fans will notice when they arrive.