BUFFALO – The voice on the other end of the phone was excited. For a moment, Tony Varone thought his son, Sabres center Phil Varone, had been in a car accident.
“I said, ‘Is everything OK?’” the elder Varone recalled a day later inside the First Niagara Center.
Phil Varone, who nearly shunned the Sabres to play hockey for the University of New Brunswick in 2011, was calling with good news, though.
“He said, ‘Yes, yes, I just got called up!’” Tony Varone …