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Nearly the final farewell to the old friend

DSCN0807 The last trusses from the Aud roof, raised in 1971 and brought down in 2009, hit the ground Saturday morning and all that's left of the old barn is the south wall. It's expected to come down later this week. Go over to the site any day as I did this morning (right-click for bigger view) and there's still plenty of curiosity seekers and shutterbugs chronicling the last days.

Be sure to check out the latest Buffalo News video on the demolition with views from both the front of the demolition zone and inside One News Plaza next door. Even a little Mellancamp ditty thrown in at the end for good measure.

And for more Aud memories, make sure to check out Jerry Sullivan's fabulous retrospective today on the late Randy Smith, through the words of friends and former teammates who once roamed the Aud hardwood with No. 9.

---Mike Harrington

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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