NHL extends deal for Buffalo to host combine through 2019

Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting. (Gary Wiepert/AP)

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The NHL’s pre-draft scouting combine is staying in Buffalo through 2019.

The league announced it awarded the Buffalo Sabres a two-year extension to continue hosting the combine at its downtown arena and neighbouring HarborCenter hotel/rink complex. The Sabres began hosting the annual late-spring event in 2015 after the combine had previously been held at a suburban-Toronto convention centre.

The construction of the $200-million, two-rink HarborCenter spurred the Sabres’ bid because of its training and meeting-room facilities, and proximity to hotels.

NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr refers to the complex as an "all-encompassing" venue for teams to test and interview the top 100-plus draft-eligible prospects invited to participate.

This year’s combine runs from May 29 through June 3.

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