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Jr. Sabres Return Home Monday Night vs. Orangeville Flyers

The Buffalo Junior Sabres' Ontario Junior Hockey League season is underway, and the team has enjoyed a successful start under head coach/GM Michael Peca, winning three of its first four games of the season.

The Jr. Sabres will be at home in the Northtown Center at Amherst for a Monday night game against the Orangeville Flyers, beginning at 7:30pm.

Tickets are just $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and senior citizens.

With the National Hockey League's lockout continuing and preseason games already cancelled, Peca encouraged fans needing a fix of high-level hockey to give the Jr. Sabres a try.

"There's people who are going to need a hockey fix, there's no doubt about it," said Peca in a video interview posted on www.buffalojuniorsabres.com.  "It's a game that this city loves to watch and loves to support. I think the Buffalo Jr. Sabres program is a perfect outlet for them, especially with the uncertainty of the National Hockey League and its lockout.

"I know these kids in our program would love to have the support of the community. I know we're going to be really getting involved heavily in the community with our kids. We would just love to see our rink get filled up from time to time. I think any time as an athlete when you play in front of a large enthusiastic crowd, it only makes the environment and the product a lot stronger. So, we're hoping to maybe draw from some of those hockey-starving people and get them in our rink."

The Jr. Sabres are members of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, a Junior-A level league where elite players ages 16 to 20 develop for consideration by higher levels of hockey, including NCAA college programs.  Some former Jr. Sabres have also turned pro, including current NHL players Ryan Callahan (N.Y. Rangers), Brian Gionta (Montreal Canadiens) and Lee Stempniak (Calgary Flames).  Five players from last year's Jr. Sabres lineup are either now enrolled or verbally committed to NCAA programs.

For more information, visit the team's website at www.buffalojuniorsabres.com.



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