'“Whatever they tell me to do, I’m going to do,” he said. “Every day is like training camp for me, every day could be my last. I’m not the kind of guy who can take it easy. I’m on a two-way deal and I’m replaceable if my attitude changes or I get too comfortable. I’ve learned my lesson to work hard all the time and never take it easy.”'
Archives for November 13, 2003
'Of New Jersey's first 14 games, only two have been decided by more than one goal. Doesn't leave Brodeur or any of his teammates much room for error'
'Based on the results of Wednesday night's goodwill game, it appears several Sabres wouldn't mind playing more games in Rochester – just not for the minor-league affiliate Americans.'
'Buffalo fans understand the psychic value of the Sabres and Bills, the connection they provide to the larger world. Rochester fans see themselves as an extension of that community, a logical and increasingly vital part of the Buffalo sports scene. Without them, our hold on the two major franchises would be more tenuous.
'As the Buffalo Sabres prepared to play their first-ever regular season game in Rochester, the club announced Wednesday it had reached agreement with Time Warner Cable to broadcast 13 regular season games starting Nov. 19. The "Game-of-the-Week" will be broadcast via the Sabres flagship network, the Empire Sports Network, on Time Warner's Rochester area system on channel 98. All but one game — Thursday, Dec. 4 versus Phoenix — will be televised on Wednesday nights.'
'"The boards were different. The rink was different. It was weird to play in it," Brodeur said. "It's not the NHL. We're not used to playing like that."'
'The quality of the ice was more noticeable. It caused the puck to bounce a lot, making it difficult to complete long passes and shoot quickly. Before the game, Burns called the ice "pathetic.'''
'Golisano dedicated the game to his lifelong friend Gene Polisseni. The Irondequoit native, who died two years ago, was instrumental in the formation of youth and adult leagues in the area, and Golisano briefed his players on the role his former business associate and best friend played in his life and in the game. “He knew we’d hear his name a lot during the night and he just wanted to let us know who Gene is and what he did,” Biron said.'
'They packed 11,146 fans into Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial for Wednesday night hockey. For one November night, the city was major league on the sporting scene, and the players sensed the crowd’s excitement and energy. “It didn’t feel like we weren’t in our home rink at all,” Taylor said. “The crowd was so good tonight. We were down 2-1 and they were cheering us on.”'
'As Cherry, the one-time Rochester Americans player and coach, quipped: “They should play more games here. Hell, they draw just as well as they do for most games in Buffalo.”'