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Kevyn Adams named Harborcenter general manager

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Thu, Jan 31st 2019 02:50 pm

Pegula Sports & Entertainment President and CEO Kim Pegula on Thursday announced Kevyn Adams was elevated to the role of general manager of Harborcenter. Adams will now oversee all aspects of Harborcenter’s day-to-day operation, while continuing his responsibilities as director of the Academy of Hockey and president of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres youth hockey organization.

“Kevyn has been instrumental in Harborcenter programming since our initial phase of planning began back in 2013,” Pegula said. “Kevyn has facilitated unprecedented advancements in hockey development through the Academy of Hockey and the Jr. Sabres, which have helped establish our complex as one of the most complete hockey facilities in the world. He is a valued member of our organization and the ideal person to lead our Harborcenter operations moving forward.”

Adams originally joined the Sabres organization in 2009, following an 11-year NHL playing career, and served on the Sabres coaching staff for four seasons before launching the Academy of Hockey as a member of the Harborcenter leadership team.

“I joined together with Terry and Kim five years ago to help implement their vision of growing the game of hockey on all levels,” Adams said. “I am proud of the progress that we have made since Harborcenter’s opening, and I look forward to taking this next step. Terry and Kim’s commitment has put us in position to be leaders in the advancement of this great sport.”

Charlie Mendola and Jason Long will join Adams on the Harborcenter leadership team in assistant general manager roles.

Mendola will oversee all hockey-related business, including the Harborcenter Cup youth tournament series and hockey programming, while continuing to serve as assistant director of the Academy of Hockey and general manager of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres U20 (OJHL) team.

Long moves into his role as Harborcenter assistant general manager after serving as the Buffalo Bills coordinator of performance science/special projects. He will oversee the Harborcenter Rinks department, Buffalo Beauts and IMPACT Sports.

Ryan Vinz has been promoted to the position of director of business and technology, where he will oversee all of Harborcenter’s technology and rinks-related budgets.

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