Posts Tagged ‘ESPN Rochester’

Botterill Signs a Player for Amerks, Rochester Media is Silent as Usual

May 23, 2017 - By
Botterill Signs a Player for Amerks, Rochester Media is Silent as Usual

Just over a week and a half ago the Buffalo Sabres hired Jason Botterill as the their new GM and it’d still be tough to find anyone that doesn’t like the move. A guy who played for the Amerks and Sabres and a guy who’s been a part of a Stanley Cup winning team. During his opening remarks he openly talked about the need for depth and the need to win in Rochester as an important piece of success with the Sabres. No one had to ask Botterill about the Amerks, he lead the conversation.

Local media ran with it as they should have mentioning that winning is the goal unlike the last decade where the only thing local media seemed to care about was players moving up to the Sabres. The talk of Jason Botterill and winning with the Amerks was mentioned everywhere on social media, print, television and the radio. All the talk was about the need to win to get better.

That brings us to Monday afternoon when the announcement was made that Jason Botterill signed his first player, Justin Danforth and local media was for the most part silent.

ESPN Rochester mentioned the signing during the late afternoon broadcast. Paul [...]Read More

Steve Donner’s Thoughts on Lease Drama and HOF night

March 8, 2017 - By
Steve Donner’s Thoughts on Lease Drama and HOF night

Over the past week many of us have come to realize that while PSE may be using the media to leverage a better lease and renovation deal, there also is real sense that we could possibly lose our beloved Amerks. I thought it would be useful and interesting to chat with former Amerks owner and Calder Cup champion Steve Donner and get his thoughts on everything transpiring. No matter your feelings on Steve Donner, few people have the insight, experience, successes and failures with all of this than he does. He is very much up to date on Amerks news and we even discussed the recent excellent HOF class of Kevin Oklobzija and Scotty Nichol.

I thank Steve for taking time out of his busy schedule in Florida that includes running & renovating his rink (for a new Juniors team) and working to get his pork/beef (Abe’s Finest Meats) hots into a difficult market that currently favors all beef hots.

Steve Donner owned the Amerks from 1995 until 2008 which included the 1996 Calder Cup championship. He also started the Rochester Knighthawks in 1994, was a part owner of the Rochester Rhinos soccer team and part owner of the Rochester Rattlers outdoor [...]Read More