With the NHL season rapidly approaching, two professional teams will clash on Monday night in a preseason exhibition at one of the newest arenas in college hockey, Pegula Ice Arena at Penn State.
The Buffalo Sabres play host to the Minnesota Wild at 7 p.m. at the home of Penn State men’s and women’s hockey.
“We are thrilled to host the first of what we hope will be many NHL preseason games in Pegula Ice Arena,” Penn State Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour said in a press release from June.
The game came about partly through Penn State’s connection to Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, for whom Pegula Ice Arena is named. Pegula and his wife, Kim, donated $102 million to Penn State in 2010 to build the arena and to fund the men’s Division I ice hockey programs.
Both the men’s and women’s ice hockey programs became Division I teams in the 2012-13 season and then played at Pegula for the first time in the 2013-14 season.
“We are very appreciative of the NHL and the Sabres for their partnership to bring a preseason game to Penn State and further grow the game in central Pennsylvania,” Barbour said in the release.
The game will be the first preseason game for both teams, and Barbour said she believed that there would be significant interest from students and hockey fans in the area.
“We look forward to being the first team to bring professional hockey to Penn State at Pegula Ice Arena,” Buffalo Sabres President Russ Brandon said in the release. “It will be a privilege for our organization to play in the state-of-the-art facility that Terry and Kim Pegula envisioned.”