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Development Camp Returns To Lewiston, NY

06/28/11
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From the Buffalo Sabres:

The Buffalo Sabres today announced a daily schedule of on-ice times for the team’s summer development camp from July 5-10 at Dwyer Arena on the campus of Niagara University in Lewiston, N.Y. The on-ice sessions will be open to the public each day.

More than 35 Sabres prospects are expected to attend the six-day camp, including several of the team’s recent 2011 NHL Draft picks. The players will take part in both on-ice and off-ice workouts. The goals of the camp are to give prospective players the fundamental ideas of the Sabres playing system and conditioning programs of an NHL player. Camp participants will also study and examine NHL rules and the successful techniques a player must possess to become a professional athlete.

The following tentative schedule of on-ice workouts is open to the public at Dwyer Arena.
Wednesday, July 6 – 9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Thursday July 7 – 9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Friday, July 8 – 9:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 9 – 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 10 – 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

It’s great to see the Sabres bring development camp back to Niagara University’s Dwyer Arena. It’s a fun way for fans to see prospects getting to know the system and free scrimmages are awesome entertainment for the kids. By having the on-ice sessions run Weds-Sun instead of Mon-Fri, there will no doubt be more fans in attendance for this year’s edition.

Among all of the returning junior prospects and AHL pros expected to be in attendance, the Sabres’ most recent draftees will make an appearance. The only question mark seems to be Joel Armia, but Darcy Regier recently said that the club is in fact trying to get him here for dev. camp.

Something fun to watch at prospect camp is the unsigned free agents coming in looking for a job. West Seneca’s own Brian Roloff put together a good enough performance in camp last season to find himself skating for the Portland Pirates. It’ll be interesting to see who the team brings in this year.

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