West Seneca's Sean Malone will reap the benefit of the hometown advantage during tonight's USA Hockey All-American Prospects game at First Niagara Center.
Speaking to the media this afternoon before the 7 p.m. game, the 17-year-old forward who now plays for the U.S. National Development Team Under-18 said his father purchased 75 tickets for the game and that he expects to have several other familiar faces in the crowd.
Tickets are still available and cost $20 (100 and 200 Level) and $15 (200 Level End).
"It's great to come back to Buffalo and know that a lot of people you know will be present at the game tonight," Malone said. "I think it'll be great experience for hockey fans here ... I'm really excited for it."
Malone will play on Team Housley before the more than 150 NHL scouts and general managers expected to be in attendance.
He is expected to play on a line with Tyler Motte, a teammate from the U.S. National Development team and committed to play collegiately at Michigan, and Ross Olsson, who plays with Lincoln of the USHL and is committed to Northeastern. Malone is committed to Harvard.
Here's audio of our interview below.