2016 TRAINING CAMP OPENS SEPT. 22

BUFFALO, N.Y. (September 9, 2016) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will open its main training camp on Thursday, Sept. 22, when veteran players are expected to report for testing and physicals. Beginning Friday, Sept. 23, the team’s practice sessions at HarborCenter will be open to the public, with practices being broken down into multiple sessions throughout each day.

**A full training camp roster can be found here.**

**The 2016-17 Buffalo Sabres Training Camp Guide can be found here.**

The Sabres will then open their preseason slate of games on Monday, Sept. 26, against the Minnesota Wild at Pegula Ice Center in Penn State at 7 p.m. (ET).

The full training camp schedule will be announced at a later date. The training camp roster and all practice times are subject to change.

Schedule for first week of camp:

Thursday, Sept. 22

Players report for testing and physicals.

Closed to public. Media may attend for select player availability, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the press conference room

 

Friday, Sept. 23

Session one: 9 – 9:45 a.m. (New Wave Energy Rink)

Scrimmage: 9:50 – 10:35 a.m. (First Niagara Rink)

Session two: 10:40 – 11:25 a.m. (New Wave Energy Rink)

Session three: 12:50 – 2 p.m. (First Niagara Rink)

Saturday, Sept. 24

Session one: 9 – 9:45 a.m. (New Wave Energy Rink)

Scrimmage: 9:50 – 10:35 a.m. (First Niagara Rink)

Session two: 10:40 – 11:25 a.m. (New Wave Energy Rink)

Session three: 12:50 – 2 p.m. (First Niagara Rink)

Sunday, Sept. 25

Session one: 9 – 9:45 a.m. (New Wave Energy Rink)

Scrimmage: 9:50 – 10:35 a.m. (First Niagara Rink)

Session two: 10:40 – 11:25 a.m. (New Wave Energy Rink)

Session three: 12:50 – 2 p.m. (First Niagara Rink)

GILBERT ASSUMES ADMINISTRATIVE ROLES WITH SABRES, HARBORCENTER; BANDURA TO LEAD MEDIA RELATIONS DEPARTMENT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (September 9, 2016) — Buffalo Sabres President Russ Brandon today officially announced that Michael Gilbert has been promoted to the role of Buffalo Sabres vice president of administration and general manager of HarborCenter. Brandon also announced that Chris Bandura will assume control of all media relations duties for the Sabres and Buffalo Bandits (NLL), and will be the primary media contact for the Sabres as director of media relations.

In this new role, Gilbert will be responsible for the daily administrative activities of the Sabres’ organization. As general manager of HarborCenter, he is now responsible for the day-to-day operations of the complex and all related properties within its portfolio. Gilbert joined the Sabres in the summer of 1997 and served in his most recent role of vice president of public and community relations from 2011 until the time of this promotion. During his tenure with the Sabres, his duties have included operating the public and community relations departments of the Sabres and Bandits, supervising the youth hockey and fan development initiatives of the organizations, serving as team liaison to the Buffalo Sabres Foundation, and serving as a member of the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame Committee’s board of directors. Additionally, Gilbert serves as the Sabres’ chief liaison to USA Hockey, and helped lead the organization’s effort to secure the 2018 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

Bandura is currently in his 12th season with the Sabres and sixth as the team’s director of media relations after spending his first six seasons as the team’s media relations coordinator. Bandura will now oversee all communications and media relations efforts for both the Sabres and Bandits. Bandura will serve as the team’s primary media contact and liaison between media members and the Sabres’ organization, including players and hockey department personnel.

In addition, Don Heins has been named communications manager for Pegula Sports and Entertainment. Heins will handle all public relations duties for all PSE business properties, including HarborCenter. Ian Ott, who will enter his seventh season with the team, will continue in his role as manager of media relations for the Sabres and will also oversee all day-to-day media relations efforts for the Buffalo Bandits.

SABRES ANNOUNCE ROSTER FOR 2016 PROSPECTS CHALLENGE

BUFFALO, N.Y. (September 8, 2016) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team’s full roster for the Prospects Challenge, presented by Tops Friendly Markets, which will be played from September 16 to 19 at HarborCenter.

**Click here to download Buffalo’s Prospects Challenge roster (PDF)**

The Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils will compete with the Sabres in the round-robin challenge featuring prospects from each team. The participating teams will each play two games during the course of the event, which is being held entirely at HarborCenter this year.

Credential requests for any of the three games can be sent to Ian Ott (Ian.Ott@sabres.com) no later than noon on Friday, Sept, 15.

Tickets for the games are $10 and can be purchased in person at the Sabres’ box office, by phone at 1-888-223-6000 or online at Sabres.com.

A full schedule for the Prospects Challenge is below:

Friday, Sept. 16

  • Buffalo practice: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • New Jersey practice: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Boston practice: 3 – 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 17

  • Buffalo morning skate: 10 – 11 a.m.
  • Boston practice: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • New Jersey morning skate: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Buffalo vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 18

  • Buffalo practice: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Boston morning skate: 10 – 11 a.m.
  • New Jersey morning skate: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Boston vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 19

  • Buffalo morning skate: 10 – 11 a.m.
  • Boston morning skate: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Buffalo vs. Boston, 7 p.m.

SABRES INK GIRGENSONS TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (September 1, 2016) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Zemgus Girgensons to a one-year contract.

“Zemgus has grown into a solid two-way player since beginning his career,” said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray. “We hope to see him continue this positive trend and find a consistent role within the club this season as another young player to grow with our group.”

Girgensons (6’1”, 203 lbs., 1/5/1994) recorded 18 points (7+11) and 20 penalty minutes in 71 games during the 2015-16 season. Drafted by the Sabres in the first round (14th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, the Riga, Latvia native has registered 70 points (30+40) and 59 penalty minutes in 202 career games from 2013 to 2016.

STATEMENT FROM TIM MURRAY REGARDING ROBIN LEHNER’S WITHDRAWAL FROM 2016 WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2016

“As Robin continues to progress during the offseason in his rehab from last season’s ankle injury, he felt that it was best to withdraw from Team Sweden for the upcoming World Cup. Robin felt it was important to continue his rehab in Buffalo to prepare for training camp. He has been working out both on and off the ice and we look forward to seeing him on the ice with our team next month.”