Dale Hawerchuk is one of the NHL's all-time greats. ©2020, Dan Hickling, Hickling Images

The quiet superstar: Sabres remember Dale Hawerchuk for humility, greatness

Earlier this week, word began spreading among Dale Hawerchuk’s friends that the Hockey Hall of Famer, whose stomach cancer returned in July, wasn’t doing well.

So around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Pat LaFontaine said he texted his former Buffalo Sabres teammate to say he was thinking about him and praying for him. About a minute later, Hawerchuk messaged LaFontaine, thanking him.

LaFontaine took Hawerchuk’s quick reply as positive news.

But later in the day, as LaFontaine ... Read the full article

Seth Appert joined Rochester from Team USA's National Team Development Program. ©2020, Rena Laverty, USA Hockey NTDP

Coach Seth Appert confident Amerks can develop talent for Sabres and win

After 11 years at RPI, Seth Appert said he started to slip. The coach of a small college is responsible for the entire program, meaning he is essentially a CEO.

“There’s so much you do that isn’t coaching that can grind you down that you don’t even realize,” Appert said on a Zoom call Tuesday, shortly after the Rochester Americans announced him as their new head coach.

Appert recruited more kids than the premier NCAA ... Read the full article

Dale Hawerchuk starred for the Sabres during his Hall of Fame career. ©2020, Janet Schultz

Former Sabres star Dale Hawerchuk passes away at 57

Former Buffalo Sabres star Dale Hawerchuk, one of the most prolific scorers in NHL history and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 57 after battling stomach cancer for a year.

Hawerchuk’s son, Eric, announced his father had passed away in a tweet this afternoon.

On July 26, Eric Hawerchuk revealed his father’s cancer had returned. Dale Hawerchuk completed his chemotherapy treatments in April.

Hawerchuk amassed 518 goals ... Read the full article

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen played 10 games with Rochester last season. ©2020, Micheline Veluvolu, Rochester Americans

Sabres loan prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to Finnish team

The Buffalo Sabres have loaned top goalie prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to HC TPS, a Finnish Elite League team.

The move gives Luukkonen, 21, an opportunity to practice and play while he waits for the 2020-21 North American season to begin. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the AHL to target Dec. 5 as a possible start date instead of October.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Luukkonen shuttled between the AHL and ECHL as a rookie in 2019-20, playing ... Read the full article

Seth Appert has never coached in professional hockey. ©2020, Dan Hickling, Hickling Images

Report: Sabres hire Seth Appert to coach Amerks

The Buffalo Sabres have hired Seth Appert, who coached the last three seasons in USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, as the Rochester Americans’ new head coach, according to The Buffalo News.

Appert, 46, spent 11 years as R.P.I.’s coach before joining the NTDP in 2017.

Kevyn Adams fired former Amerks coach Chris Taylor and his staff hours after taking over as Sabres general manager June 16. Taylor, who was hired by former Sabres ... Read the full article

The Sabres first wore royal blue from 1970 until 1996. ©2020, Buffalo Sabres

Sabres finally unveil new royal blue and gold jerseys

For the nostalgic Buffalo Sabres fan who has been longing for the team to return to its royal blue roots, the day has finally arrived.

The new uniforms the Sabres unveiled this morning strongly resemble the classic blue and gold motif but also boast several new design elements.

Designers removed silver from the crest, the charging buffalo with the crossed swords, “to create a slick modern appeal,” according to the team. The stitching pattern utilized ... Read the full article

Jack Eichel generated Hart Trophy buzz in 2019-20. ©2020, Micheline Veluvolu

Dynamic season earns Jack Eichel Sabres MVP award for 2019-20

A dynamic season in which Jack Eichel scored a career-high 36 goals in 68 games while generating Hart Trophy buzz has earned the captain the Buffalo Sabres’ MVP award for 2019-20.

Eichel was also named Sabres Foundation Man of the Year for his work in the community. Meanwhile, 20-goal winger Victor Olofsson was named the Sabres’ rookie of the year and veteran winger Kyle Okposo, who enjoyed a terrific bounce-back season, was named the ... Read the full article

Brett Murray spent last season in Rochester. ©2020, Micheline Veluvolu, Rochester Americans

Impressive AHL season earns Sabres prospect Brett Murray NHL contract

Forward Brett Murray has parlayed his strong rookie season with the Rochester Americans into a contract from the Buffalo Sabres.

The Sabres today announced the 6-foot-5, 236-pound Murray has signed a two-year, entry-level deal. Murray, 22, played on an AHL contract with the Amerks last season, scoring nine goals and 24 points in 55 games.

“Brett acclimated very well to the AHL and showed continued improvement throughout the season,” Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams said ... Read the full article

Sean Malone enjoyed a terrific comeback season. ©2020, Micheline Veluvolu, Rochester Americans

Former Sabre Sean Malone ready for fresh opportunity with Predators

If the Buffalo Sabres hadn’t cleaned house last month, firing 22 people, including the AHL coaching staff he had built strong relationships with over three seasons, center Sean Malone would’ve considered re-signing in the organization.

Kevyn Adams, Jason Botterill’s replacement, is the Sabres’ fourth GM since they drafted the West Seneca native in the sixth round in 2013.

“It’s hard to keep climbing up the ladder when you’re starting over new every year,” ... Read the full article

Sean Malone spent three seasons in Rochester. ©2020, Micheline Veluvolu, Rochester Americans

West Seneca’s Sean Malone signs two-way contract with Predators

Forward Sean Malone’s time in the Buffalo Sabres organization has ended.

The West Seneca native has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Nashville Predators for the 2020-21 season, the team announced today.

Malone, 25, spent the last three seasons with the Rochester Americans, compiling 28 goals and 65 points in 169 games. The Harvard graduate played one game with the Sabres, jumping straight to the NHL shortly after his college career ended in 2017.... Read the full article