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from Kevin Oklobzija of the News and Democrat, For the three dozen prospects of the Buffalo Sabres — from rookie first-round draft picks Mikhail Grigorenko, Zemgus Girgensons and Mark Pysyk to the returning members of the Rochester Americans — development camp started out as a day at the beach.
The players may not like the beach anymore.
Summer hockey camp has become boot camp, at least at sunrise.
The Sabres enlisted the U.S. Navy SEALs to put their players through perhaps the most strenuous fitness workout of their lives.
“Those guys are probably the toughest in the business,” third-year right winger Corey Tropp said.
Pushups, situps, crunches, squats. They endured a 5 a.m. exercise regimen that seemingly came directly from the SEALs’ training base.
“We did it like so many times, like a thousand times,” Grigorenko said. “Then we had to swim in the lake (Erie).”
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Defenseman Brayden McNabb is player that Sabres fans became familiar with quite fast last season.
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His 25 game stretch in the NHL earned him the respect and admiration of the Sabres faithful for his big hitting and...
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Navy SEALs earn their stripes through brutal training that typically stretches over 30 months. The Buffalo Sabres are putting prospects attending their summer development camp through just over a week’s worth of training with members of the elite SEAL fraternity. The sessions have commenced bright and early at 4:30 a.m. each morning on Woodlawn Beach outside...
I met my now husband, Mark, in 1997. That’s when I met the Buffalo Sabres, too. For the first couple of years we were together, we lived in Birmingham, Alabama so the Sabres remained a pretty distant concept. I watched the ’99 Cup run, but after that, they were off the radar. Even after we moved to Buffalo in August of 2000, I didn’t take to hockey right away. If...
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It was a bit of a whirlwind time for Sabres center Cody Hodgson last Spring.
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Add the Buffalo Sabres to the long list of teams that have shown interest in unrestricted free agent Shane Doan.
Terry Bross of Lagardere Unlimited confirmed with me today that there have been discussions with Buffalo regarding his client.
“We have been in touch with the Sabres,” Bross said. “At this time, we have not narrowed the list of teams down that we will consider...
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With 10 blueliners who played NHL minutes last season, the Sabres have basically become the Costco for NHL defensemen this offseason.
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First Niagara Center (Buffalo, NY) - He’s not the best player on the ice, but Frederick Roy does come from the best roots.
Roy is the son of NHL legend and hockey Hall of Famer Patrick Roy, arguably the greatest goaltender of all time. He knows how much his name means in hockey.
“It’s followed me my whole life,” said about living up to the name Roy. “I mean, I’m proud...