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Johnson invited to World Juniors camp with Team USA

Defenseman has 3 assists in 4 games for Minnesota this season

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Buffalo Sabres prospect Ryan Johnson has been invited to Team USA's selection camp for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The camp roster includes 29 players and will be whittled down to 25 prior to the tournament, which will be held inside a competition bubble in Edmonton beginning Dec. 26. 

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Davidson: My Hockey Fights Cancer journey

Defenseman writes about how he overcame cancer in 2012

by Brandon Davidson @BuffaloSabres / Sabres.com

I remember my first NHL game like it was yesterday.

It was December 2014, and I was recalled to join the Edmonton Oilers for a game in Anaheim. I stepped on the ice, took a couple laps, and then stopped for a moment to take it all in. 

Two years earlier, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer and wondered if my career was in jeopardy. Everything I had gone through since then really settled in during that moment in Anaheim. I broke down thinking about how hard I had worked and how proud I was to be there.

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Staal: What Hockey Fights Cancer means to me

Sabres forward founded Staal Family Foundation to support families of children battling the disease.

by Eric Staal @BuffaloSabres / Sabres.com

Growing up, my brothers and I dreamed of one day playing in the NHL. We also knew that once we got there and found our footing, we would like to do something more. 

I believe most people today know somebody who has battled cancer. My family is no different. Our experience inspired us to start the Staal Family Foundation in 2012 to raise money for families of children who are fighting or have fought the disease. 

We lost my sister-in-law, Tamara, to a rare form of liver cancer in 2010. She had recently married and moved to Edmonton with her husband just prior to her diagnosis. She fought bravely for about three years before her passing and inspired us with her positivity through it all. 

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Peterka selected to Germany's preliminary WJC roster

Tournament will be held in Edmonton beginning Dec. 26

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

J-J Peterka has been selected to Germany's preliminary roster for the IIHF World Junior Championship. The tournament is scheduled to begin Saturday, Dec. 26 inside a competition bubble in Edmonton. 

Buffalo traded up to select Peterka with the 34th pick of the NHL Draft in October. The 18-year-old tallied six points (3+3) in seven games this season with EC Salzburg in the Austrian Hockey League before the league suspended its campaign in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Episode 3 of Sabres: Embedded, presented by ConnectLife, gave a behind-the-scenes look at the decision to select Peterka. Watch below. 

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Sabres Holiday Angels program returns for 2020

In partnership with Child & Family Services, this year's adopt-a-family program is presented by WellNow Urgent Care

by Sabres Press Release @SabresPR / Sabres.com

Sabres Holiday Angels 2020

Sabres Holiday Angels program returns for 2020

Sabres Holiday Angels is an adopt-a-family program that allows Sabres fans to support their neighbors in need this holiday season.

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The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will partner with Child & Family Services and WellNow Urgent Care for the return of the Sabres Holiday Angels program. Sabres Holiday Angels is an adopt-a-family program that allows Sabres fans to support their neighbors in need this holiday season.

"Since the inception of the Sabres Holiday Angels program, we've seen Western New Yorkers brighten the holiday season for hundreds of their neighbors," said Rich Jureller, Sabres vice president of community relations. "We take immense pride in the generosity our fans show every year and look forward to seeing their response in an especially difficult time for many members of our community."

Sabres fans can visit Sabres.com/HolidayAngels to adopt a family to provide gifts to.

After registering, fans will receive information via email with details regarding gifts for the family they have been chosen to support. Information will typically include age, gender, clothing size and interests for each person to assist with shopping efforts.

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Sabres, Bills to provide Thanksgiving meals for 1,000 families

$50,000 total donation will provide turkey dinners through City Mission, FeedMore WNY and Eight Days of Hope

by Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres PR

The Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres foundations will provide 1,000 Thanksgiving meals for families throughout Western New York with a total donation of more than $50,000 this holiday season.

The donation is a part of the direct community aid initiative Terry and Kim Pegula launched in March that has committed $1.2 million to help members of the community who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Sabres are on the clock in new NHL Draft-centric episode of 'Embedded'

Latest episode of the behind-the-scenes series presented by ConnectLife will premiere November 16 on Sabres.com and YouTube

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Embedded |Becoming a Sabre

Embedded Episode 3 - Becoming a Sabre: 2020 NHL Draft

Episode 3 of "Buffalo Sabres: Embedded" presented by ConnectLife gives fans an all-access, behind-the-scenes look at the 2020 NHL Draft

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The 2020 NHL Draft was unlike any other and "Buffalo Sabres: Embedded" presented by ConnectLife was there to capture it all.

Catch Episode 3, "Becoming a Sabre," on Monday, November 16 at 7 p.m. on Sabres.com and the team's official YouTube channel

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Sabres sign 1st-round pick Quinn to entry-level deal

Forward was drafted with the 8th overall selection at the 2020 NHL Draft

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres have signed first-round pick Jack Quinn to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Monday.

The Sabres selected Quinn with the eighth overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. The forward is coming off a 52-goal, 89-point campaign in 62 games with the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67s in 2019-20. 

"Jack's a Sabre," Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams said after selecting Quinn. "I mean, I just felt like the work that our staff did in preparing was really important to understand his game. 

"… You see the ability for him to keep getting better. His athleticism is high. Just a lot of the metrics that we look at when we're scouting, he met and some. This was just a player that, the more work we did, the more excited we got."

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Sabres 'Reverse Retro' jerseys are on sale now

Uniform is modeled after alternate introduced in 2000

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres have unveiled Reverse Retro jerseys for the 2020-21 season. 

The jerseys are modeled after the red alternate sweater introduced during the 2000-01 season and worn through 2005-06, updated to incorporate the current royal blue and gold color scheme. 

Jerseys are available now at shop.onebuffalo.com. 

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70 reasons to celebrate Sabres legend Gilbert Perreault's 70th birthday

The Original Sabre still holds an abundance of franchise records

by Brian Duff @duffersabres / Sabres.com

On the heels of the Buffalo Sabres celebrating their Golden Season, "the franchise" is now 70!

Gilbert Perreault was born in Victoriaville, Quebec on November 13, 1950.

Amazing, elusive, dazzling, graceful, beautiful, bowlegged, gifted, and superstar are but a few of the words often used to describe him.

"He was also the funniest hockey player I ever met," said Sabres Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Rick Jeanneret. "But two words can sum up his style and substance on the ice: Très Magnifique!"

As the first overall selection in the NHL Draft, Perreault became a Sabre on June 11, 1970.

Eleven. 

Seventy.

The numbers are simply a part (albeit a large part) of his incredible story. Here are 70 reasons to celebrate No. 11's 70th:

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