First Niagara Center - Here it is, hockey season has arrived.
Sabres rookies and prospects have been around for a week, but Friday the entire roster, about 70 Sabres players, were in town for training camp.
It started with physicals and on-ice testing at the First Niagara Center in the morning. The first full season under owner Terry Pegula has brought some fresh enthusiasm to the hockey club and the players have picked up on the high expectations for this season.
"Obviously, to win a Stanley cup," says center Derek Roy. "I think were all here for that. Growing up as a kid, that's what everyone wanted in their lives. Right now its not a far shot by any means. We've got to get ready for camp like I said and work hard, for the expectations are to out and get a good start, to get the new teammates in there and get familiar with the new faces and get the
New Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff is getting the buzz around town. He says he picked up on it Wednesday.
"I delivered some season tickets on Wednesday," Ehrhoff said, "and it's a great community here, the fans are very passionate and very excited, too. It should be a fun year."
It's not just the on-ice additions. Sabres players got a look at the renovations made at their arena, the First Niagara Center, when they went through their Friday morning testing.
"A lot of fans are excited to see the change in the arena," Roy said, "and the name change, the owner, different players. It's a great atmosphere right now. We gotta get to work, we gotta focus in on camp and get the systems ready and just get focused on the season."
The on-ice workouts shift to the Amherst Northtown Center. Saturday from 8am to 1pm. The Sabres host Carolina in a preseason game on Monday night.
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