Terry Pegula Comments on Purchase of Sabres

February 3, 2011 Updated Feb 3, 2011 at 6:22 PM EDT

By WKBW Sports

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February 3, 2011 Updated Feb 3, 2011 at 6:22 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY - (WKBW) Terry Pegula, the pending owner of the Buffalo Sabres, made his first public comments on the sale of the franchise today. Pegula released a statement which reads:

"As diehard fans of the Buffalo Sabres, the Pegula Family would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Tom Golisano and Larry Quinn on their commitment to the hockey fans of Western New York and their dedicated stewardship of the franchise. Without their generosity and perseverance through tough economic times and league labor issues, there would not be a team for the Buffalo hockey community to support. We will be forever grateful for their efforts in developing one of the best markets in the National Hockey League and providing the foundation for future successes. My wife Kim and I are hopeful that the league's approval process of our intent to purchase the franchise will move swiftly and we can begin the next era of Buffalo Sabres hockey in the very near future."