It’s said that hockey fandom is a cult. So it’s only fitting that the Buffalo Sabres would be engaging in some sort of infant indoctrination ritual at local hospitals involving hoods and a message from their high priest.
The team has started a “Buffalo Sabres Newborn Program”, in which every baby born at Millard Fillmore Suburban and the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo in 2013 is given a Buffalo Sabres baby blanket and a certificate from Sabres owner Terry Pegula, who apparently owned a few Cabbage Patch Kids as a young billionaire.
“Fandom in Buffalo is something that runs much deeper than in most other places,” said Sabres President Ted Black, who will visit Millard Fillmore this afternoon to kick off the program. “Even from birth, people here know that hockey and the Sabres are a part of life. This program is a way for us to welcome the newest members of our community and hopefully plant the seed of passion that will grow into a lifetime of embracing the game that we all love so deeply here in Buffalo.”
The gold, hooded baby blankets are emblazoned with the Sabres’ logo and “We Live Hockey” on the back. They also have “’13” to signify the year and Kaleida Health’s “Buffalo Baby” logo.
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