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Posted September 20th, 2011 9:05pm

 UFFALO, N.Y. (September 20, 2011) – Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today the team has returned the following 10 players to their respective junior clubs:

Forwards Steven Beyers (Barrie, OHL), Dan Catenacci (Owen Sound, OHL), Cedrick Henley (Val D’Or, QMJHL), Steven Shipley (Niagara, OHL), Kevin Sundher (Victoria, WHL) and Gregg Sutch (Barrie, OHL); defensemen Jerome Gauthier-Leduc (Rimouski, QMJHL), Alex Lepkowski (Barrie, OHL) and Mark Pysyk (Edmonton, WHL); and goaltender Nathan Lieuwen (Kootenay, WHL).

In addition, Ryan Rondeau has been returned to Laredo of the Central Hockey League.

This leaves the Sabres with 52 players still in training camp (30 forwards, 17 defensemen and five goaltenders).


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Thunder Bay has never had an OHL team due to travel costs. The city has had pro hokcey before, with the Thunder Bay Senators (UHL now called the IHL) which were the farm club to an AHL club. There's a couple reasons however why Thunder Bay should get the team. The first reason was already mentioned in the article above the owners of the Moose are from Thunder Bay. Secondly, the economy in this city has finally gotten out of a recession that lasted locally for the better parts of two decades. This is because of a discovery of the world's largest chromite deposit (used for making steel) just north of the city, as well as the city's recent success in attracting high-tech industry and health services. Thirdly, Thunder Bay city council has also approved the building of a new 128 million dollar multiplex facility that would seat upwards of 8000, and is currently deciding on a location. If the Moose were on their way to the city, the rink could be specially designed to exceed all needed requirements. Lastly is Thunder Bay's central location. East-west wise, Thunder Bay is in the dead centre of Canada, and only a 40 minute drive to the US border (north-south wise). This gives Thunder Bay a significant edge in travel with rising fuel costs in mind over St. John's. Hopefully it is just rumour that St. John's has already been chosen, because I believe Thunder Bay would make an excellent choice.

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