PORTLAND, Me. – The Buffalo Sabres have announced a new, long-term affiliation agreement with the Portland Pirates, ending a 29-year relationship with the Amerks.
The Sabres and Amerks had the longest running affiliation in the AHL until Tuesday. During that span, Rochester made the playoffs 24 out of the 29 seasons, winning division titles eight times, and three Calder Cup championships.
We were Amerks season ticket holders for a couple years after we relocated to Rochester and have taken in as many games as we could possibly afford over the past couple of years. That being said, this completely freaking sucks.
Having the Sabres move their affiliation to Portland, ME instead finding a way to make it work with the AHL team down the street angers me. The absolute debacle that has become the Rochester Americans organization over the past three years also frustrates me. And now our sole affiliate is the Florida Panthers?
I’d consider a lengthy boycott of both the Amerks and the Sabres over this divorce, just on principle, if I weren’t such a sheep for Western NY hockey.
I don’t know. Maybe RIT will be getting my hockey dollars for a little while. NCAA D-1 hockey is suddenly looking alot better to me these days.