Local Hockey Players, Families React to Ruff Firing

February 21, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 12:35 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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February 21, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 12:35 AM EDT

Amherst, NY
(WKBW)

What better place to get reaction on the stunning firing of Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff than at a local hockey rink filled with ambitious young hockey players and their families and most of all die hard Sabres fans.

Eyewitness News went to the Northtown Ice Center in Amherst.

"They've been calling for Ruff's head for the last three, four weeks now. It doesn't mean he's a bad person it just means we need a fresh face," said Peter Klopp, of Tonawanda.

"I think the Sabres are going to be better with a new coach because so far this season we haven't been doing very well," added Melanie Orffeo a local middle school student in Clarence.

"Lindy's been a part of our community for so many years so i think that's tough but you know ultimately change is good for everybody," said Ken White of East Amherst.

The blue and gold have excited fans many times over the years from when the French Connection dominated the ice to Stanley Cup finals in 1999 but the team failed make the playoffs last season.

"I think they have some talent. I don't know if they really have a bona fide superstar on that team," said Nitul Mathur of Tonawanda.

Season ticket holder Kay Attea would rather cash-in in her tickets than sit through another losing game,

"I said to my husband, we've had season tickets right from the very beginning. We have four tickets and after going to each game I can't even get my kids to go because they have just been loosing and I said to him last night just sell the rest of the tickets for the year."

The Sabres' performance has been frustrating but fans are anxious to see what interim head coach Ron Rolston from the Rochester Americans has to offer.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do," said Fritz Schweiger, of North Tonawanda.

"I'm not really familiar with him but hopefully he'll put us in the right direction," commented Klopp.