The Canisius College hockey locker room just got a little boost.
NOCO announced a $25,000 donation to the Locker Room Project for the Golden Griffins’ new home at HarborCenter. The Griffs are scheduled to open in the new building at the end of October.
“NOCO is honored to collaborate with both Canisius College and HarborCenter in establishing a first-rate hockey facility for players and fans alike,” Michael Newman, executive vice president of NOCO, said in a release. “We are excited about the ongoing development throughout the City of Buffalo and by contributing to the Canisius Locker Room Project we are not only supporting the college but also contributing to the revitalization of downtown Buffalo and the Canalside District.”
The Griffs’ move into HarborCenter may be delayed a few weeks as construction finishes up, although the school said it already has a contingency plan with the Buffalo Sabres which would put games in First Niagara Center until the 1,800-seat HarborCenter arena opens at the end of October.
In the official release, coach Dave Smith echoed continuing gratitude for community support in growing college hockey in Western New York.
“We are thrilled with the commitment that NOCO has shown the Canisius hockey program,” Smith said. “Its contribution will go long a way in establishing the HarborCenter as one of the unique facilities in hockey and making our locker room state-of-the-art. We are excited to have NOCO be a part of this project and supporting Canisius hockey as we look to continue to elevate our program.”
Both Canisius and Niagara are expected to release their schedules for the upcoming season within the next two weeks.