ADVERTISEMENT

Along with a pat on the butt, Buffalo babies born in 2013 will get a spanking new Sabres blanket.

The hockey team and Kaleida Health have teamed up for the “Sabres Newborn Baby Program.” All children born in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo this year will receive a Sabres-themed blanket and a certificate from team owner Terry Pegula.

“Fandom in Buffalo is something that runs much deeper than in most other places,” said Sabres President Ted Black, who will visit Millard Fillmore this afternoon to kick off the program. “Even from birth, people here know that hockey and the Sabres are a part of life. This program is a way for us to welcome the newest members of our community and hopefully plant the seed of passion that will grow into a lifetime of embracing the game that we all love so deeply here in Buffalo.”

The gold, hooded baby blankets are emblazoned with the Sabres’ logo and “We Live Hockey” on the back. They also have “’13” to signify the year and Kaleida Health’s “Buffalo Baby” logo.

In addition to the blanket, each baby will receive a “Future First-Round Pick” certificate. The certificates feature the Sabres and Kaleida Health logos, space to fill out the baby’s birth information and Pegula’s signature.

“Over 6,000 babies will be born at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo in 2013,” said James R. Kaskie, president and CEO of Kaleida Health. “This is a great way to welcome each and every one of them to our team.”

email: jvogl@buffnews.com