Sabres Great Don Luce To Speak In City

Former Buffalo Sabre Don Luce scored 225 goals and registered 329 assists during his 13-year NHL career. Submitted photo

One of the key figures in the Buffalo Sabres’ Stanley Cup Final appearance of 1975 will be making a guest appearance at the Robert H. Jackson Center next month.

Don Luce, who scored 225 goals and had 329 assists during a 13-year National Hockey League career, including 10 with the Sabres, will be interviewed by local attorney and sports historian Greg Peterson as part of the Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Sept. 13.

Although his NHL stops also included the New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs, Luce is best known for his tenure in Buffalo, where he is remembered fondly for his work ethic, on and off the ice, including in the community where he and his wife continue to act charitably despite the fact that he is no longer affiliated with the Sabres.

Inducted into the Sabres’ Hall of Fame in 1986, Luce had a decorated career during his years in Buffalo, highlighted by the 1974-75 season where he collected 43 goals and 33 assists. During that campaign, the Sabres advanced to the Stanley Cup Final where they lost to Philadelphia and Luce was the recipient of the Bill Masterton Trophy, awarded to the NHL player who best demonstrates the qualities of perseverance, leadership and dedication to the sport.

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After his retirement, Luce began a lengthy career in player development for the Sabres and the Flyers, and currently works as a pro scout for the Maple Leafs.

The CLE Seminar will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast in the Jackson Center banquet room. The program will start in the Cappa Theatre at 8:30 a.m. with introductions, followed by “Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias,” presented by Amanda Lowe. At 9:45 a.m., the Pulitzer prize-winning book, “Blood in the Water,” will be discussed during an interview of Dr. Heather Ann Thompson by Peterson, a Phillips Lytle partner and Jackson Center co-founder.

At 11 a.m., Thompson will join a panel to discuss “Attica: Legal Perspectives and Legacy” with Lee Coppola, former dean of the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University. In 1971, Coppola was at Attica prison as a reporter for The Buffalo Evening News on the date the prison was retaken. Gary A. Loeffert, FBI’s Special Agent-in-Charge of the Buffalo Field Office, will complete the panel, moderated by Peterson.

A luncheon will follow at 12:45 p.m. in the Jackson Center banquet room. During lunch, Peterson will interview Luce. The entire event will end at approximately 2 p.m.

Guests are required to register online by Sept. 6, for the CLE at www.roberthjackson.org/events, or by calling the Jackson Center at 483-6646.

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