Buffalo, NY (WGR) -- Steve Ott wasn’t happy when he and his Sabres teammates were booed by fans at the last home game and Ott expressed his displeasure during his weekly interview on WGR.
The Sabres were booed a few times during last Sunday’s win over New Jersey at the First Niagara Center, most notably during a stretch of more than two minutes where the Sabres couldn’t get control of the puck to get out of their own end.
The booing doesn’t sit well with Ott. “Its disheartening when we get hemmed in our zone and they’re basically mocking us” Ott said. “When you get up past the blue line and you finally get it in their zone after a minute and a half shift where they didn’t even have a scoring opportunity. I guess you can say it was more of the mocking of my teammates that probably pissed a lot of guys off including myself. You're a fan of the Buffalo Sabres and hopefully, you come to cheer us on and motivate us. We've got a lot of young players on this team and they definitely don't deserve to be booed. They deserve to have that excitement and energy. It’s definitely not their fault for the last six years of frustration thats gone on.”
It isn’t the first time the Sabres have been booed at home this season and Ott says he doesn’t see this happening elsewhere. “I think its completely ridiculous to be honest with you. We go into other buildings and we've won games and teams that should have the same amount of frustration, have sold out buildings and its funny because their(fans) continuing to cheer on their team, they stand behind their team and respect the work ethic.”
Ott said the booing can definitely have a negative effect on the players. “For instance, a Boston game when its 1-1 and the power play doesn’t click the first time and they’re booing you, I think its absolutely ridiculous. I don't care how frustrating. I think negativity breeds negativity. If you want to see a bad product on the ice, continue to boo. What do you expect, you're obviously going to get a negative result. It would be nice to have the positive atmosphere and maybe that'll transition into a heck of a hockey game or a scoring chance. Its very uplifting when the crowd is on your side.”
You can listen to the entire interview with Steve Ott who also talked about the power play, the Sabres league high seven shorthanded goals given up and why he doesn’t like basketball.