Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks announce five home dates for 2005-2006 (Amerks.com)

4th Annual Buffalo Sabres HockeyFest Details Announced

‘The full-day street hockey tournament will be split into eight divisions with a maximum of five and a minimum of four players per team. Participating players are required to bring sneakers, sticks, gloves, one light and one dark colored t-shirt. Goaltender and additional protective equipment is optional.’

Buffalo Sabres/Dick’s Sporting Goods HockeyFest Scheduled for August 21st

‘The Buffalo Sabres and Dick’s Sporting Goods, today announced the 4th Annual Buffalo Sabres/Dick’s Sporting Goods Street HockeyFest has been scheduled for Sunday, August 21, 2005 outside HSBC Arena.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Division matchups dominate Amerks’ upcoming season (Rochester D&C)

Amerks remain in North Division in 27-team AHL (Amerks.com)

Amerks Moose at Rotary Sunshine Campus Wednesday (Amerks.com)

Sabre Legends: Rick Dudley

‘”I was not a guy who made it easily as a player,” stated Dudley to reporters in 1989. “I had to work hard at it because I wasn’t as skilled as a Gil Perreault. But on the other hand, I was at one time or another virtually everything on a hockey club. At different times I was a checker, a scorer, a bozo.”’

Cap will give Leafs fits

‘To appreciate the Maple Leafs situation, consider the Buffalo Sabres, maybe the most salary cap-ready franchise in the NHL.’ (Submitted By: Dante)

Buffalo-area NHLers eager to resume playing

‘”Things are looking very positive and we haven’t heard that in a long time,” said Sabres defenseman Jay McKee. “When you lose something for a year, something that you’re passionate about, it hurts. And to know that things are looking positive and both sides are feeling better about the way things are going, you can’t help but be real excited.”‘

Golisano sees signs of hope

'"I'm drawing the same kinds of conclusions," Golisano said. "Everybody has been pretty closed-mouthed, and that's an indication things are getting serious. Most people are being conservative with their predictions, and I fall under that category. But I am optimistic."'

A just punishment

'John Rigas, in particular, has neighbors and friends who defend him as a friendly, charitable and kindly old gent who never meant to deceive. The judge rejected that as a cause for leniency, rightly noting that there is little virtue in being generous with other people's money.'

A Lifetime of Success

'“I got a call from Scotty Bowman and he said he needed my help,” stated Crozier. “He asked me to get my stuff together and drive to Batavia (half way between Buffalo and Rochester on the New York State Thruway) and then call him. He said he would tell me which way to go, right or left.”'

Rigases pay price for our broken hearts

'That's what's disturbing about the Rigases. They came off as saviors, but the reality was they looked you in the eye and smiled as they drove a dagger through your back. It's how they operated with the fans, the taxpayers, the shareholders, the politicians. They snowed everybody. It's what greedy people do.'

Sabres seek junior achievement

'The partnership also could help retain some of the young talent that seems to perpetually seep out of Western New York. Top teen players such as South Buffalo's Tim Kennedy and Orchard Park's Nick Schaus have been lured away by the United States Hockey League rather than remain in the area. "It allows some kids to stay at home and play," Braunstein said. "We lose probably five or six kids a year that go elsewhere to play because they think there are other opportunities."

Rigas sentencing stirs memories in Buffalo of former Sabres owner

‘”It’s a shame that John Rigas will die behind bars, but the sentences handed down to him and his son Timothy were appropriate,” longtime Sabres fan Ed Kamela said. “What is disturbing to me is that, to this day, John Rigas still feels that he did nothing wrong.”‘

Jr. Sabres on comeback trail

'To be certain, there will be a form of Sabres' hockey at HSBC Arena next season.'

Becoming the Junior Sabres

'The Buffalo Sabres, in conjunction with the Buffalo Lightning of the Ontario Provincial Junior “A” Hockey League, Tuesday announced a partnership that will see the Lightning be renamed the Buffalo Junior Sabres. In addition to the name change, the new Buffalo Junior Sabres will also wear the team’s traditional Blue & Gold uniforms and logos.'