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Sharpen Up: June 26, 2019

Here's what you need to know on the first day of development camp

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The schedule is out. The roster for development camp has been released. Golden Season events are starting to be announced. Lots going on.

Here's what you need to know.


Let's start with development camp

But first, a word from head coach Ralph Krueger:


On-ice sessions for development camp presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York begin today at 1 p.m. at Harborcenter. 

Who has been invited to camp? Glad you asked. Here's the full roster:

Brian Duff checked in with assistant general manager Steve Greeley on some of those names, both familiar and new:

Video: Assistant GM Steve Greeley talks development camp

How are the new first-round picks feeling? Dylan Cozens and Ryan Johnson joined The Instigators yesterday. Full interviews are available on our YouTube channel.

Watch: Youtube Video

Watch: Youtube Video

Session times for each day

Wednesday, June 26
• First Session: 1 to 2 p.m.
• Second Session: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 27
• First Session: 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
• Second Session: 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Friday, June 28
• First Session: 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
• Second Session: 12 to 1 p.m.

Saturday, June 29
• French Connection Tournament: 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

On-ice sessions from June 26 to 28 are free and open to the public. Admittance will be on a first-come, first-served basis and not guaranteed. The French Connection Tournament, an intra-squad 3-on-3 tournament, will highlight the final day of camp on Saturday, June 29, beginning at 10:45 a.m. The tournament will be a ticketed event. Tickets will be made available exclusively for 2019-20 season ticket holders. Tickets are free and limited to two per account and will be limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The French Connection Tournament will also be streamed live on and on the team's social media platforms. Rick Jeanneret, Rob Ray and Brian Duff will call the action.

Schedule highlights

It's time to celebrate 50 years of Buffalo Sabres hockey.

The Sabres revealed their schedule for 2019-20 on Tuesday, including an early look at the festivities planned for the team's Golden Season. Click here for some of the highlights.

The full schedule is available here.

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: We're kicking off our 50th season with a race around Buffalo! 🏃���������Register here:

We're launching our season's festivities with a Fan Fest in Alumni Plaza on Aug. 17. The day will start with a 5K race followed by live music and activities for children and families, with food and drink available for purchase. Sabres players and alumni will be part of the event programming throughout the day.

Fan Fest will begin with a 5k race at 9:00am on August 17. The route will navigate downtown Buffalo and end at KeyBank Center. Registered 5.0K runners will receive a race shirt and a pair of tickets to a 2019-20 preseason game. The team will also offer a Family Fun Mile option, and a postrace party and awards ceremony in Alumni Plaza will take place after the races in Alumni Plaza.

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Buckle up, it's gonna be a fun ride! #Sabres50What to expect this season:

During the season, the team will highlight every era of Sabres hockey by taking a journey through the decades. Each decade will be celebrated with a special game night.

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: We'll be hosting some special guests on October 5, and we don't mean the @NJDevils...See you there:

More details are available at Much more to come...

Tendering qualifying offers

The Buffalo Sabres announced yesterday the team has tendered a qualifying offer to the following restricted free agents:

Forwards Remi Elie, Zemgus Girgensons, Johan Larsson, Evan Rodrigues, C.J. Smith; defenseman Jake McCabe; goaltender Linus Ullmark.

Stick with us all week for development camp coverage. We'll be back with another edition of Sharpen Up tomorrow. 

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