Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White was bit by the hockey bug after attending a Sabres game last season. He became a big fan of goaltender Carter Hutton, who he mistakenly called “Sutton” at first, and Tweeted out support for the team.
White tried to test the level of his Bills teammates’ hockey knowledge during this week’s episode of “Chill with the Bills.” It features White quizzing his teammates, who weren’t quite up to par. Though, Ed Oliver nailing the butterfly technique after failing at the rest of the test was quite the twist.
A “Louisiana hockey legend”, White was a “hockey All-American” and the “best player in Louisiana history” after not allowing a goal during his high school career, and he was an “inspiration” for Hutton, as the Bills documented earlier this month. White’s love of hockey was first promoted last December when the Bills created a video showcasing his goaltending abilities with a spoof ad for “The Tre’Davious White Goalie Academy of Louisiana at Buffalo.”
It’s quite good.
A Shreveport, La native, White’s hometown team, the Tier II junior Mudbugs, honored him last season during a February game.
Following back-to-back shutouts for Hutton this week and a 5-0-0 record to start the year, White surely has to be proud of his former goaltending protege.
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According to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, the Buffalo Bills sale to Sabres’ owner Terry Pegula is expected to be rubber stamped this week.
Florio’s sources indicate that the purchase of the franchise is on the agenda for this week’s NFL ownership meetings in New York.
The Buffalo News reporter Tim Graham told Florio on his podcast PFT Live that it’s expected Terry Pegula’s wife, Kim Pegula, will be in charge of the football operations.
Pegula purchased the holding company, which owns the Sabres and the First Niagara Center in February 2011.
Canucks chairman Francesco Aquilini confirmed The Buffalo News story Friday that he had interest in purchasing the Buffalo Bills.
However, Aqulini told the paper through a statement that he wouldn’t be pursing the NFL club further.
“I’m always exploring potential business opportunities, and I’m passionate about sports. So this is something that interested me. However, we are not planning to pursue the opportunity further.”
According to the report, Aquilini had signed a nondisclosure agreement for access to the Bills’ financial data.
Aquilini, 53, has been the majority owner of the Canucks since November 2006.
The Buffalo News story also reported that John Bitove, the man responsible for landing the Raptors in Toronto, is among those who signed a nondisclosure agreement.
The paper’s sources say as many as 60 nondisclosure agreements were distributed, but just 16 to 20 were signed and returned.
The NFL club is for sale after its founder and owner, Ralph Wilson, died in March.
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