Stanley Cup fever is running rampant, not just in Western New York, but in the corridors of the State Capitol, as well. Assemblyman Robin Schimminger took a few moments from his legislative schedule to wager a bucket of Buffalo’s renowned chicken wings on a Buffalo Sabres victory over the Ottawa Senators in the impending National Hockey League Eastern Conference Finals playoff series.
Schimminger said that he is looking forward to sharing an order of “Ottawa beavertails,” pieces of fried dough sprinkled with powdered sugar, wagered by the Province of Ontario’s Minister of Health Promotion, Jim Watson, with his colleagues in Albany. Watson represents the Ottawa area in the Ontario Legislative Assembly, and formerly served as Mayor of Ottawa. “It’s a shame that Minister Watson and his colleagues will not get the chance to sample some original Buffalo wings, but perhaps I’ll send him a dozen as a consolation once the Sabres defeat the Sens and move on to the Stanley Cup finals,” said Schimminger.
“The Sabres embody what teamwork is all about – hard work, determination and resilience – characteristics that define Western New Yorkers,” said Schimminger. “This team’s steady advance past the Islanders and then the Rangers on its path to the ultimate goal of hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup has focused a welcome bi-national spotlight on our community.”
The friendly wager was arranged by a mutual friend, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Jim Bradley, who represents St. Catharines in the provincial parliament. Schimminger and Bradley, also a long-time Sabres fan, have co-chaired periodic cross-border meetings in recent years involving Western New York state legislators and members of the Ontario Legislative Assembly from the Niagara Peninsula.