The Can-Am Indoor Football League is proud to announce the granting of a member franchise to an ownership group in Buffalo, New York headed by principal owners John Augustine and Bob Guenther. The home venue of the new Buffalo Blitz team will be none other than Buffalo RiverWorks.
The announcement was made by Can-AmIFL Commissioner Lawrence Fisher at an afternoon media session which also included Buffalo RiverWorks COO Bill Casale, Augustine, Guenther and a large number of TV, radio and print media personnel.
The inaugural season of the CAIFL includes teams from Burlington, Vermont; Baltimore, Maryland; Hartford, Connecticut; Manchester, New Hampshire; Rochester and Glens Falls, New York; Cleveland, Ohio; Boston, Massachusetts; Niagara Falls, NY and Ontario. The Blitz kicks off the season with a home opener on April 8th, 2017.
Both Guenther and Augustine have storied football careers in the Buffalo area. Guenther was an offensive coordinator of the Minor-Pro Champion Buffalo Gladiators, a team that Augustine quarterbacked for 20 years.
Guenther was also a standout quarterback in high school, college and the JFK Touch Football League. He is a co-owner of Super Price Choppers, 1580 Genesee Street, owns a pizzeria in Eden and a grocery store in Erie, PA.
John Augustine also played for the Buffalo Gladiators, named League MVP 8 times as the Gladiators won multiple Championship. Augustine, a business teacher and coach at Lafayette High School, played in the European Professional Football League, was named All-American at Buffalo State College, is a Hall of Fame member of both Buffalo State and the JFK Touch Football League and holds virtually every Minor-Professional Football League passing record.