According to Rob Ray, the WGR team should “stick to talking about hockey and not playing it.”
Archives for September 2004
Billy Reay, the first head coach of the Rochester Americans who would go on to become one of the winningest coaches in NHL history, died at the age of 86 on Thursday.
'Lindy Ruff would like Connolly to play in Rochester, but Buffalo can't force him. Connolly could sign a deal with any minor league franchise or he could accept a two week conditioning assignment in Rochester like Dominik Hasek has done in Ottawa. That can be renewed every two weeks indefinitely. If he does that, then Buffalo would have to pay him so that is unlikely.'
'“I hope to impress them enough in Rochester and get called up to Buffalo whenever the time comes,” he said. “I’m just going to play like I did in Guelph. I think I know what my role is going to be with the team. I want to play on one of the top two lines, play physical and see how it goes.”'
'This year's lockout is expected to last substantially longer than the 103 days it took to reach an agreement a decade ago. "We're more prepared for a lockout this time," Amerks Chief Executive Officer Steve Donner said. "We were all hoping that it wouldn't happen, but now that it has we should stand to benefit from the Sabres not playing."'
"The team's Web site, www.sabres.com, has already stricken the games from its schedule. Buffalo's season opener is now listed as Oct. 24 at Phoenix, but that game will be canceled Friday. The Oct. 26 game at St. Louis will be canceled Sunday. And so on and so on.'
“We had a few of them back then. I would have to say Rick Martin though. Richard always had a joke to go along with every story that he told. He always seemed to keep the locker room loose. I believe that was just his way of diffusing the tension before big games.”
It was very tough because I didn’t know any English. My family stayed back in Austria and all of my friends were back there. I can definitely say that it was really difficult the first couple of months. In the end, I had a great host family and made some good friends that I still keep in contact with. But the first couple of months were some of the hardest of my life.
New to the tournament this year will be an All-Star street hockey grudge match between WGR-550 and the Sabres’ Alumni. Danny Gare, Rob Ray, Larry Playfair and other alumni will look to continue the Sabres’ domination of WGR-550, who was defeated 2-1 in the first meeting between the two organizations at the Draft Party earlier in the summer.
'As for the labor dispute, Zhitnik declined to take sides, instead saying that owners and players need to find a compromise. ''It's tough to say who's totally right, who's totally wrong. I think each side has to give up a little bit,'' Zhitnik said. ''It could be a long time, it could be a couple of months. The people who are negotiating have to work harder.'''