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1969-1970 Buffalo Bulls Hockey

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1969-1970 Buffalo Bulls Hockey Al “Bibber” O’Hearn

After competing on a club basis since 1962, the Buffalo Bulls’ hockey program finally received “varsity” status on October 29, 1969 with the complete support of the UB Athletic Department.

Al (Bibber) O’Hearn was named its head coach.  Howard Flaster was the director of the hockey program.  All Bulls’ home games were played at the Amherst Recreation Center.

During the 1969-1970 season, the Bulls competed against teams in Division II of the NCAA Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and also played opponents from the Finger Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (FLCHL).

Right wing Jim McCoubrey was the Bulls’ leading scorer with 56 points. Bill Newman scored 41 points and Ted Miskolczi totaled 36.

For more information on hockey at the University at Buffalo, visit the UB Sports History Collection website.

1969-1970 Buffalo Bulls Hockey Season

Date Home Team Score Visiting Team W-L-T Location
12/6/1969 Ithaca College* 0 – 8 Buffalo W Ithaca, NY
12/7/1969 Brockport State* 1 – 8 Buffalo W Brockport, NY
12/10/1969 Buffalo 7 – 5 Waterloo Lutheran University W Amherst, NY
12/14/1969 Boston State* 7 - 3 Buffalo L Boston, MA
12/15/1969 M.I.T.* 3 - 19 Buffalo W Boston, MA
12/17/1969 Merrimack College* 10 – 4 Buffalo L North Andover, MA
12/18/1969 Salem State* 1 – 4 Buffalo W North Andover, MA
1/24/1970 Lockport Heinrichs (exhibition) 3 – 11 Buffalo W Lockport, NY
1/31/1970 Buffalo 6 – 2 Canton Tech W Amherst, NY
2/6/1970 Buffalo 10 – 3 Brockport State* W Amherst, NY
2/7/1970 Buffalo 8 – 2 St. John Fisher College W Amherst, NY
2/13/1970 Buffalo 8 – 4 Boston State* W Amherst, NY
2/14/1970 Buffalo 10 – 4 R.I.T. W Amherst, NY
2/20/1970 Buffalo 6 – 0 Ithaca College* W Amherst, NY
2/28/1970 Buffalo 8 – 5 R.I.T. W Amherst, NY
3/6/1970 R.I.T.# 11 – 3 Buffalo W Rochester, NY
3/7/1970 Canton Tech# 5 – 1 Buffalo L Rochester, NY


NCAA ECAC Division II Record: 7-2-0
: 14-3-0

Home: Amherst Recreation Center
Coach: Al “Bibber” O’Hearn

* NCAA Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division II opponent
# Finger Lakes Collegiate Hockey League Tournament

UB Hockey Gains Varsity StatusUB Hockey Gains Varsity Status

Hockey was placed on varsity status at the University of Buffalo Wednesday and Al (Bibber) O’Hearn, one-time Toronto Maple Leaf, was named its head coach. The ice Bulls have been competing since 1962, but the program was conducted on a club basis. The Bulls will play a 15-game schedule, including a mid-December two-day tournament, as members of Division II of the Eastern College Athletic Conference. All home games will be played at the Amherst Recreation Center.

O’Hearn, a native of Stevensville, Ont., played in the Eastern and American hockey leagues in addition to the NHL and has a long, successful background in coaching. His most recent coaching assignment was with Fort Erie in the Junior B circuit. O’Hearn’s appointment was made by Dr. Lawrence A. Cappiello, acting director of UB’s health, physical education, recreation and athletics program.

Open Season Dec. 6

The season opener will be Dec. 6 at Ithaca College and the home debut will be four nights later against Waterloo (Ont.) Lutheran. The Dec. 17-18 Merrimack Invitational Tournament sends the Bulls against Merrimack in the nightcap of the first round. Notre Dame will meet Salem (Mass.) State in the first game. The winners and losers will meet the second night.

Buffalo Courier-Express, 30 October 1969

ESPN Televised Boxing at Alumni Arena – 1989

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Ras-I (Livingstone) Bramble and Kenneth Vice in Amherst, NY - 1989.Riddick Bowe and Art Card in Amherst, NY - 1989.On November 28, 1989, over 5,000 boxing fans turned out to watch a five-fight card at the University at Buffalo’s Alumni Arena.

The main battle was a match between Ras-I (Livingstone) Bramble and Kenneth Vice. Bramble beat Vice in the sixth round during the ESPN televised match. Bramble retained his North American Boxing Federation Super Lightweight title.

Bramble was no stranger to Buffalo, NY.  In June of 1984, he scored a dramatic 14th-round knockout of Ray (Boom Boom) Mancini to win the World Boxing Association lightweight championship in front of 14,500 stunned spectators at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.

Also on the Alumni Arena fight card was future two-time world heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe. Bowe faced Art Card of Cleveland, Ohio in a scheduled six-round bout.  Bowe wore his opponent down and Card’s corner stopped the fight before the start of the fourth round.

Boxing and ESPN returned to Alumni Arena on April 5, 2002 when Western New York’s Joe Mesi defeated 31-year-old New Zealander Keith McKnight in a bout televised on EPSN2′s Friday Night Fights.

Buffalo, NY Introduced to Football in 1889

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Buffalo Courier - November 16, 1889

Buffalo Courier – November 16, 1889

One hundred twenty-five years ago this month, the citizens of Buffalo, NY were introduced to their very first “inter-collegiate” football match. Cornell University played the University of Michigan at Olympic Park located at East Ferry & Michigan Avenue in the city.

Why a Cornell/Michigan game in Buffalo, NY?  The two rival teams were anxious to compete against each other but would only agree to a game if it was played at a neutral site. Buffalo, NY was settled upon as an acceptable location.

The game was organized by the Buffalo Athletic Club with short notice. The citizens of Buffalo knew little of collegiate football. The only variety of football with which Buffalo had known prior to the game was association football.

The Buffalo Express newspaper described college football as “… a rough-and-tumble, free-for-all, go-as-you-please fracas, intermingled with a little collar-and-elbow wrestling and an occasional slugging match mixed in” but it was also described as “highly interesting as well as exciting, and no lover of out-door sports should fail to take in the game.”

Close to 2,000 fans watched Cornell beat Michigan 66-0 on November 16 1889. A Cornell newspaper noted that a large majority of the spectators knew nothing whatever about the game, but were greatly pleased to see the rough and tumble part of it. (see “Wolverines Worsted” The Cornell Daily Sun – 18 November 1889.)

The Buffalo Courier and Buffalo Express newspapers declared the event a success noting that all parties were favorably impressed by their stay in Buffalo, and it was likely that more college football games would be arranged for Buffalo in the future. But the Buffalo News was less than enthusiastic with the game calling it a poor modification of the game played ten years ago and much preferred the game of rugby. (see “Talking About Football” Buffalo News, 17 November 1889.)

But the seed was planted and in 1890 the New York State Intercollegiate Football Association was formed with Union College, University of Rochester, Syracuse University and Hamilton College represented.  By the end of the next decade, the popularity of the game explode in upstate New York as the University of Buffalo, Canisius College, Colgate, St. Bonaventure University, and others, all entered collegiate football to varying degrees.

For more information on football at the University at Buffalo, visit the UB Sports History Collection website.

1889 Michigan Varsity Football Team 1889 Cornell Varsity Football Team


Presumably the mass of the citizens who witnessed yesterday’s contest between the Cornell and Michigan University football teams knew little or nothing about the game.

The “Cornell, I yell, yell, yell, Cornell,” and the extended “Rah,’rah,’rah, Mich-i-gan, Mich-i-gan” contingents did understand. It was the first football exhibition under the intercollegiate rules ever given in this city. It was a one-sided game, as the local accounts will show. It is a poor modification – in system – of the game ten years ago, as any old collegian will testify.

There was a time when the game — one of the grandest for the exercise of pluck, running power, muscle and above all endurance — had two marked divisions in system. One of them remains practically unchanged to this day. That is the Association game, which deals with kicking and “dribbling” moving the ball gently so as to prevent another’s turn at it. The use of the hands constitutes a foul. The other system, illustrated so vividly in “Tom Brown at Rugby” was called the Rugby game. It allowed picking up the ball and running with it and had a series of rules not to be summarized within short limits of space. it also allowed “hacking” — shin-kicking would be a plainer description — and tripping. This was properly esteemed brutal and there succeeded Rugby Union rules, which made “hacking,” “scragging” or tripping cause for disqualification of a player on the field. Like the Rugby game, it was played with fifteen men and the “close scrimmage” formation of “forwards” prevailed. Then there came a new development. Instead of all the forward players crushing into a scrimmage there was an “open formation” style which lined the rushers across the point where the ball is declared “live.”

The Rugby Union game is as much * * and as such more affordable opportunity for individual and * * that this ** intercollegiate game is, as cheese is better than chalk for eating purposes. In the broad football field fifteen men are better than eleven, a fight for the ball in a scrimmage is better than a privilege given to the side one whose representatives manages to throw his body over the ball first.

Buffalo News, November 17, 1889


Dom Grossi – World War II Hero

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Dom Grossi

Dominic J. Grossi, 1942 season

Dom Grossi was a University at Buffalo football star. He was a stand-out at defensive end and for three years was named to the “All Western New York” college team.

Dom enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps in 1943.  He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in April 1944.

Grossi, UB Star, Killed on Iwo JimaHe participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima and was killed in action on March 8, 1945.

For his heroism, Grossi was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross in 1946.  The Navy Cross is the second-highest military decoration for valor that may be awarded to a member of the U.S. Marine Corps for extraordinary heroism in combat.

In 1947, the Beta Chi Epsilon fraternity at the University at Buffalo established the “Dominic J. Grossi Memorial Trophy” awarded yearly to the outstanding student athlete at U.B. in lasting memory of the fallen star.

In recent years, the award has been given to a U.B. football player who has displayed athletic prowess, academic excellence and sportsmanship.

For more information, visit the UB Sports History Collection website and Veterans and the Armed Forces digital collection.