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Friday, November 22, 2013

Sabretooth Rides the Metro Rail

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It turns out that Sabretooth rides the Metro Rail to work sometimes, too! The Buffalo Sabres furry mascot was spotted Tuesday evening at the University Rail Station where he met with Sabres fans and other passengers ahead of the team's home game versus the St. Louis Blues.

Sabretooth shook hands and posed for pictures for several minutes before hopping on a train and riding with fans all the way downtown to the First Niagara Center.

Mike O'Donnell, a Western New York native in town for the game from Montclair, New Jersey, was among the many fans who stopped to catch a glimpse of the friendly feline before boarding the train.

"I got a real kick out of seeing Sabretooth here at the train station," O'Donnell said. "It's fun and it's helping fans get pumped up for the game. The kids, especially seemed to enjoy posing with him for pictures."

Sabres fever seems to be gripping the area once again after the team announced the return of fan favorites Pat LaFontaine and Ted Nolan to the organization last week.

LaFontaine, the team's new President of Hockey Operations -- played for the Sabres from 1991 to 1997 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame after amassing a total of 1013 points over 15 seasons. Nolan was the Sabres' head coach from 1995-97 (winning the Jack Adams Award for National Hockey League coach of the year in 1997) and returns as Interim Head Coach.

Sabretooth, meanwhile, did his part to get fans on the Metro Rail excited for Tuesday night's game and arrived at the First Niagara Center in plenty of time for the opening puck drop. In spite of the home team's loss (St. Louis went on to win the game 4-1), the mascot managed to brighten some spirits and provide some lasting memories for many of the team's young rail-riding fans.