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From Buffalo to Florida the hard way

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

by Amy Rybczynski for AHL.com

So many stories in the hockey world seem to come from Canada, where hockey tends to infiltrate the entire culture. Less famous, however, are the other parts of North America where hockey has a stronghold, including our very own Western New York. Interest is particularly high these days when the Rochester Americans and Buffalo Sabres have made it a quarter of the way into the season with losses that can practically be counted on one hand.

While passion for the sport has swiftly crossed over the U.S.-Canada border, Western New York's ability to produce quality hockey players has lagged a little behind. Rochester native and New Jersey Devils star Brian Gionta and NHL veteran Marty Reasoner have recently challenged that notion, and now Amerks center Drew Larman, a Buffalo native, is poised to add his name to the list.

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