Becoming Hockeyville

‘”What a ride it has been,” he said with a smile. “This has been fabulous but there has been an awful lot of work that has gone in to it. And I know it will be worth it.”‘

Sights and sounds

‘One of the Sabres coaches danced behind the bench to “Uptown Funk” which played over the public address system toward the end of second intermission, eliciting cheers from the crowd.’

Sabres defeat Hurricanes 2-0 in battle of youth

‘The Sabres, who featured a line of Jack Eichel, Alexander Nylander and Sam Reinhart, had the most skill on display among its young players, and head coach Dan Bylsma was happy with the performance of the trio who made up his top unit.’

Lakeview Arena ignites memories for Buffalo, Carolina

‘”I think everyone to a man this morning talked about this being a place they played before,” Buffalo head coach Dan Bylsma said. “Whether it was here or back in their hometown, it felt like a place we all played in our younger years and playing youth hockey. It’s kind of neat to get back here. It feels like an outdoor game atmosphere, back to the roots of hockey to where you played as a kid.’

Thousands turn out for the much awaited Kraft Hockeyville USA game

‘”I grew up a Sabres fan,” Donohue said. “I don’t remember going to any other hockey game ever other than the Sabres in the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in the orange section, which is so steep, the [head of the person sitting in front of you] is by your feet.”‘

Kraft Hockeyville USA: more than just a game for Marquette community

‘”This game is unbelievable,” said Brad Donohue, a Buffalo native, and Sabres fan who now resides in Marquette. “The community of Marquette has been a “Hockeytown” since I got here in 1987, and what great support it’s given to this Kraft Hockeyville title… and the Sabres are here so I couldn’t ask for any better, right?”‘

Sabres putting performance to forget out of their minds

‘The Sabres were in a 4-1 hole after one period and 7-1 deficit after two. It’s just preseason, but it was in stark contrast to Buffalo’s first three exhibitions. The team had limited opponents’ quality chances, but the Maple Leafs had to feel like they won the lottery with the majority of their 40 shots on goaltenders Jason Kasdorf and John Muse.’

Justin Falk, Casey Nelson battling for Sabres’ last defense spot

‘“He looks like kind of a commanding guy back on the blue line,” Bylsma said Friday morning. “He’s shown he can defend well with his skating and his presence, also kind of a quarterback, kind of a puck-moving guy that controls the play.’

Saturday’s Toronto Coverage

Maple Leafs beat Sabres by a touchdown in exhibition play (Toronto Sun)
Leafs thump Sabres in NHL pre-season test (Toronto Star)
Key Takeaways: Leafs Vs. Sabres – 9/30/2016 (
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Sabres GM: Ristolainen’s return unlikely to sway talks

‘Though Murray said the two sides are still negotiating, he wouldn’t say whether progress is being made with the restricted free agent two weeks before the Sabres open the regular season.’

Sabres Disappointed In Effort After Loss To Leafs

‘”They outplayed us,” Sabres captain Brian Gionta said. “They were on top of us all night. We didn’t have good reads. We weren’t good with the puck. We lost battles. Pretty much everything that could go wrong went wrong tonight.”‘

Friday’s Toronto Coverage

Nylander happy to have Martin around in Leafs’ pre-season loss to Sabres (Toronto Sun)
Goalies steal show as Leafs drop pre-season tilt to Sabres (Toronto Star)
Sabres outlast Maple Leafs (Saint Catharines Standard)
Moulson scores shootout winner; Sabres top Leafs, 1-0, in pre-season play (Waterloo Region Record)
Nylander brothers face off for first time (TSN)
Nylander brothers share tender post-game moment (Sportsnet)

Moulson scores shootout winner, Sabres top Leafs 1-0 in pre-season play

‘Nilsson stopped 23 shots in regulation and overtime plus all four Toronto shooters. Meanwhile, Toronto goalies Garret Sparks and Kasimir Kaskisuo combined to stop all 38 Buffalo shots in regulation and overtime. Kaskisuo had stopped the first three Buffalo shooters before Moulson’s winner.’

Michigan town gets to be Hockeyville USA for day

‘”Our community is limited in size and population,” he said. “Costs of these kind of things have gone up, so the budget has gotten more and more challenging even just to keep the place going. Lakeview Arena is 43 years old. When I first came to town, it was a pretty new facility, and you sort of don’t realize over the years what happens, but the reality is it was deteriorating badly. The roof leaked. The boards were worn. The glass was beat up; you couldn’t see through it. The compressors were shot. The dehumidification system couldn’t keep the ice hard. So that’s how we are spending the money.”‘

Wednesday’s Ottawa Coverage

Brassard, Hammond standouts as Senators fall in Buffalo (Ottawa Sun)
“A mistake too overtime” (Le Droit)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)