Penn State Hockey

Sabres reportedly will play at Pegula Ice Arena

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Penn State’s Pegula Ice Arena will host its first NHL exhibition game this fall, according to an online report.

The Democrat and Chronicle, of Rochester, N.Y., reported Tuesday the arena will see the Buffalo Sabres and Minnesota Wild hit the ice for a preseason game.

Sabres President Russ Brandon told the newspaper that Blue Cross Arena in Rochester was not “up to the standards to play an NHL game.” The game was originally scheduled for Sept. 26 in Rochester, but the report did not specify if the game would keep the same date at Pegula Ice Arena.

The Sabres, Wild and Penn State have not made an official announcement. The teams and the university could not be immediately reached for comment. The Sabres told the Democrat and Chronicle they will announce their full preseason schedule Wednesday.

The Buffalo Sabres are owned by Terry Pegula, a 1973 Penn State graduate, and his wife, Kim, who donated $102 million for the construction of the Penn State arena that bears their name as well as for endowing scholarships and elevating the men’s and women’s hockey programs to Division I varsity status.

The building was opened in 2013, and it had been hoped since construction began that NHL teams would utilize the 5,782-seat arena for exhibition games.