Boutet wants his collection to someday be part of a real museum, preferably in HSBC Arena. He's a key part of the grassroots effort pushing the city and the Sabres to do something to honor the Braves in the arena. The biggest push is for a banner to go to the rafters to honor Bob McAdoo and the late Randy Smith (how sad it is to write that). Maybe get an NBA exhibition here next fall at the start of the Sabres' 40th anniversary season so McAdoo, currently an assistant for the Miami Heat, can be here in person.
The Montreal Canadiens have a banner in the Bell Centre to honor the Expos. Why not do something similar? Sounds like a plan. I know the Sabres have much bigger fish to fry with their own business but here's some off-the-ice goodwill they should jump at and not ignore.
Photo: John Boutet's mask collection includes, from left, Roger Crozier, Crozier again, Gary Bromley and Gilles Villemure (James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)
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