Former Sabres goalies Dominik Hasek and Grant Fuhr will join NHL ambassador Willie O’Ree in Buffalo this week for the 2011 Willie O'Ree Skills Weekend. The event, hosted by Hasek’s Heroes, will run Thursday through Sunday.
The weekend will involve 45 boys and girls from youth hockey organizations throughout North America, including Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.
The skills showcase, which will feature NHL alumni and college and USA Hockey coaches, will include a game in HSBC Arena and attendance at Sabres practice Thursday and their game Saturday against Atlanta.
"I am honored to participate in this tremendous event and pleased that the National Hockey League, Buffalo Sabres and Hasek’s Heroes have joined together to support these boys and girls," said O’Ree, the NHL’s first black player. "It will be a great weekend for hockey, proving again that hockey is for everyone."