The Buffalo Sabres today announced the roster for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres 12U hockey team that will compete at the 55th Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament from Feb. 12-23, 2014 at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec.
The team, created specifically to participate in the annual 11-day tournament held each February in Quebec City, is comprised of 21 players who reside in the Western New York and Central New York regions.
Last year's team went 3-1 in tournament play, with their only loss coming in overtime against Philadelphia Jr. Flyers in the semifinals.
Former NHL'er Rory Fitzpatrick returns for his second year as head coach, along with assistants Pat Fisher and Ed Grudzinski.
Joshua Adimey (Lancaster, NY)
Leo Bax (Newfane, NY)
Ryan Coughlin (Fairport, NY)
Elijah Devereaux (Webster, NY)
Jack Feola (Rochester, NY)
Trevor Kuntar (Williamsville, NY)
Lukas Miller (Victor, NY)
Chase Nicholson (Buffalo, NY)
Colby Seitz (Eden, NY)
Casey Severo (Pittsford, NY)
*Tommy Bannister (Clayton, NY)
Sydney Bard (New Hartford, NY)
Ethan Breh (Marcellus, NY)
Pierce Greene (Elma, NY)
Case McCarthy (Clarence Center, NY)
Joshua Phillips (Getzville, NY)
Finnegan Sayers (Williamsville, NY)
*Matthew Kotsch (Rochester, NY)
David Battisti (Victor, NY)
Robbie Nuchereno (Williamsville, NY)
*Connor Hasley (North Tonawanda, NY)
The tournament, commonly referred to as the “Pee-Wee World Championship,” is the oldest and most prestigious youth hockey tournament in the world. An estimated 2,300 Pee-Wee players – ages 11 and 12 years old – travel from 16 different countries to participate in the event, which draws about 200,000 spectators each year. The event has served as an early showcase for more than 600 active and retired National Hockey League players.