Epic Buffalo Snow Storm Forces Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta to Take a Snow Day (Pics)

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By now you have surely heard about the epic Buffalo snow storm that has dumped six feet (yes, feet) of snow just south of the Queen City. However, what you might not have realized is just how drastically snowfall totals vary across town. If you’re downtown or just north of downtown, you’ve only got a few inches, which is no big deal in that part of the country. But just south and east of downtown, there’s a band of snowy armageddon about five miles wide and 10 miles long.

So if you happened to be wondering why on earth the NHL did not cancel last night’s Buffalo Sabres game, that’s why. The First Niagara Center, where the Sabres play, lies north of the great wall of snow. And I do mean great wall of snow. That’s the arena right in the middle of the photo below. And that, off in the distance, is the insane Buffalo snow storm:

buffalo snow storm photo of buffalo snow from one seneca tower downtown first niagara center

Of course, the vast majority of ticket holders for last night’s game were not able to get there. (The attendance was about 6,000.) Nor was Sabres winger Patrick Kaleta. He lives in Hamburg, about a 20 minute drive south from the arena. And a few hours before the game, he called coach Ted Nolan to tell him there was no way he was going to get there. Which makes sense. I mean, just look at this insanity.

Here’s a shot of a 7-Eleven from the ice planet Hoth:

buffalo snow storm

And here is Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goofwin standing knee-deep in snow yesterday afternoon:

marquise goodwin buffalo snow

Sabres assistant GM Mark Jakubowski and head trainer Tim Macre also had to take a snow day. But the generally awful Sabres did somehow manage to beat the Sharks, 4-1.

Go figure.

Hat Tip – [CBC]


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