Buffalo Blizzard

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Buffalo Blizzard
Buffalo Blizzard
Operated 1992 - 2001
Arena The Aud & HSBC Arena
Based in Buffalo, New York
Colors blue, purple, black, and white
League NPSL II

The Buffalo Blizzard was an indoor soccer team based in Buffalo, New York. The team was a member of the now defunct NPSL from 1992 to 2001. From 1992-1996, the team played at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, and they moved to HSBC Arena in 1996 where they played until 2001.

The team was originally owned by the Knox brothers who owned the Buffalo Sabres at the time and the Riches who owned the minor league baseball Buffalo Bisons. During their last five years of existence, the team was owned by John Bellanti who had owned the Buffalo Stallions of the original Major Indoor Soccer League.

The team's attendance was always in the top five of the league until its last season, and they had their record high attendance year in 1993-1994 season with an average attendance of 8,435 fans. The major stars of the team were the Pikuzinski brothers, Rudy and Randy, who rank sixth and ninth on the all time points list. The team colors were blue, purple, black, and white, and the team mascot was a dog Spyke who rode a four-wheeler. The team never won a playoff series.

The NPSL ceased operation in 2001 and several of its remaining teams formed the Major Indoor Soccer League, but the Blizzard declined to participate and folded at that time.

Year-By-Year Record[edit]

Year GP W L PF PA PCT Finish Playoffs
1992-93 40 23 17 570 503 .575 3rd Amer Lost Quarterfinals
1993-94 40 19 21 499 515 .475 3rd Amer Lost 1st Round
1994-95 40 20 20 579 552 .500 4th Amer Lost 1st Round
1995-96 40 21 19 562 586 .525 4th Amer Lost Division Semifinals
1996-97 40 21 19 545 469 .525 1st North Lost Conference Semifinals
1997-98 40 21 19 495 504 .525 1st North Lost Conference Semifinals
1998-99 40 22 18 430 510 .550 2nd North Lost Conference Semifinals
1999-00 44 19 25 495 617 .432 3rd Cent Out of Playoffs
2000-01 40 22 18 513 464 .550 2nd Amer Lost Quarterfinals

Coaches[edit]

1992-1994: England Trevor Dawkins
1994-1996: United States Jim May
1996-1997: United States George Fernandez
1997-1998: Argentina Carlos Salguero
1998-1999: United States Jim May
1999-2001: England Paul Kitson

Notable players[edit]

Year by year attendance[edit]

  • 1992/93: 7,068
  • 1993/94: 8,435
  • 1994/95: 7,283
  • 1995/96: 6,364
  • 1996/97: 7,974
  • 1997/98: 7,834
  • 1998/99: 7,068
  • 1999/00: 6,587
  • 2000/01: 4,635

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