Buffalo

Creating a Hockey Culture

HOW HOCKEY BECAME AN INTEGRAL PART OF BUFFALO LIFE & CULTURE

By Paul Wieland

Photos by Matt Brown

In the decade after World War II, those U. S. citizens who played hockey in Western New York would have fit into the seats of a pair of school buses, with plenty of room for referees and linesmen. There were but two hockey rinks in the entire region, one at Memorial Auditorium and the other at the private Nichols School. If a kid growing up was to learn how to play hockey, by and large he had to do it on natural ice in winter. READ MORE...