by Jeff Wozer, Buffalo Sports Page Humorist

The Sabres trade for Jeff Skinner has been universally praised by the hockey world.  Skinner had to waive his no trade clause to make it happen.  There were only a few cities that he would do that for, and Buffalo was one of them.  That’s a major signal to the NHL that players do want to be a part of what is building in Buffalo.

But sports humorist Jeff Wozer has discovered that there were some specific reasons why Skinner was willing to come to Western New York.

• Not one but two Chick-fil-A restaurants opening in Buffalo.

• Believed Botterill’s fib that Buffalo’s is known as the “City of Good Topless Neighbors.”

• Tired of playing before fans who only attend games for the Zamboni crashes.

• Pegula’s agreed to pay his Tinder membership fee.

• In honor of his figure skating background Sabres agreed to his request for sequined jerseys.

• Thinks Buffalo fans will recognize him for his hockey rather than for being B.F. Skinner’s son.

• Didn’t feel safe living in a state where the middle schools offer intramural stock car racing.

• Four words: Duty Free Liquor Stores.

• It was not until after he agreed to the trade that he learned Babeville was not Buffalo’s nickname but rather the name of a local concert venue.

• Told that after every home win Sabres players are granted a three-hour window for ignoring red lights.

Jeff has also uncovered Buffalo’s worst sports memorabilia and unknown facts about new Sabres goalie Carter Hutton.

Jeff Wozer

Nationally touring stand-up comedian Jeff Wozer has performed with some of comedy’s biggest acts – Martin Short, John Oliver, Brian Reagan – and on some of comedy’s biggest stages – Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Las Vegas strip, Great American Comedy Festival.

His humor articles have appeared in more than 40 publications including ESPN’s Active.com, Rocky Mountain Sports and the Explorer Club’s Explorer’s Journal.

Prior to veering into comedy he worked as a sports and news director for WFAD in Middlebury, Vermont where he won an Associated Press award for hockey play-by-play. And he spent two years as the play-by-play voice for the Vail Avalanche junior hockey team in Vail, Colorado.

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