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The third annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects game which brings the top 40 American-born prospects eligible for the NHL draft was held at First Niagara Center on September 25th. This is the second time Buffalo has hosted the game since the inaugural event in 2012 also held at First Niagara. The first two years of play a total of eight players who participated were selected in the first round of the NHL draft. The highest Buffalo Sabre draftee to play in the game was J.T. Compher in 2012 who was selected 35th overall. The most recognizable player from the games is Seth Jones who was selected 4th overall by Nashville in 2012. The player to watch in this game was Jack Eichel of N. Chelmsford, Mass. who is expected to be drafted number one or number two in the 2015 NHL entry draft. Eichel was voted Most Valuable Player of the game and the award was presented by Buffalo Sabre Drew Stafford. The lone local player in the game was Joseph Cecconi of Youngstown, NY who played for Team Olczyk (coached by Ed Olczyk). Cecconi, a 6’2 207 lb defenseman played for the Niagara University Jr. Eagles, Wheatfield Blades, Buffalo Regals and the Buffalo Jr. Sabres. The 17-year old is committed to play at the University of Michigan in 2015. Cecconi played solid defense throughout and was not on the ice for any of the opponent’s six goals. The game started a little slow as both teams seemed to make the safe play which lead to a scoreless first period. Things opened up in the second as Team Grier (coached by Mike Grier) opened the scoring at 5:35. That goal brought life into both teams as they opened up and a total of five goals were scored in the period. Team Grier took over in the third period and won the game by a 6-3 score. Jeremy Bracco and Connor Moynihan had two goals apiece while Jack Eichel had a goal and an assist for the winners. Coming as no surprise to the hockey world, attendance was a record for a prospect’s game with an announced crowd of 7,310.

The 5th annual Ballpark BrewBash is set for 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo. The premier craft beer showcase, this year’s event will feature more than 150 craft beers from 60 breweries for fans to sample at various stations throughout the ballpark, giving them a unique experience.

There will also be numerous local food items on-site, including Lloyd’s Taco Truck, Hot Off the Press Panini Truck, Greek on the Street, Macarollin and The Whole Hog.

The AAA season is over and the Buffalo Bisons finished just out of a playoff spot ... but there are more games in the future for several Bisons players!

On a local radio station they put out a list of the top fighters in Buffalo Sabres history. Here is my take on the best.

 

1. Rob Ray. A no brainer here. Most penalty minutes in team history and a big fan favorite.

 

2. Larry Playfair. He not only won fights but most were no contest. His battles with Terry O'Reilly and Chris Nilan are worth watching over and over.

 

(August 21, 2014):The Buffalo Sabres and the Erie Otters announced today that the Otters will host the Niagara IceDogs at First Niagara Center on October 22 at 7pm.

On hand today were Ted Black (Sabres President) and Sherry Bassin (general manager and managing partner of the Otters). Both gentlemen were very enthusiastic as they talked about this much-anticipated matchup.

The Buffalo Bisons on Thursday announced that RHP Aaron Sanchez and OF Melky Mesa have been promoted to the club from Double-A New Hampshire.
 
The Blue Jays also announced that they have released LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith and traded OF Matt Tuiasosopo to the Chicago White Sox for cash considerations. OF Kenny Wilson and RHP Gregory Infante have also been shipped to Double-A New Hampshire.
 

The Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame announced last week that former Bisons manager Eric Wedge, former Bisons outfielder Greg Tubbs and long-time Buffalo-area scout Bob Miske have been elected to the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame.
 
Wedge, Tubbs and Miske will be formally inducted during special Hall of Fame ceremonies before the Bisons 7:05 p.m. game on July 11 against the Durham Bulls.
 

Congratulations to Buffalo Bisons outfielder Kevin Pillar, named International League Batter of the Week for the period of April 28 through May 4. This marks the first weekly award this season for the Bisons.

The 2014 season is under way, and the Buffalo Bisons are once again planning some outstanding promotional events. Here are just some of the highlights:

• Home Run Derby Night, May 30
• Star Wars Night, June 7
• Zombie Night, June 27
• Independence Eve Celebration with the BPO, July 3
• County Night, July 11
• Family Camp Out, Aug. 1
• Mystery Ball Night, Aug. 21
• Chicken Wing Bobble Head Giveaway, Aug. 23
• Fan Appreciation Night, Aug. 26

I had the opportunity to watch the Mets this Spring Training in games against the Cards, couple of times against the high ranking Nationals, the Braves and the Tigers. I was also able to talk with some of the coaches about this year's team, the new acquisitions, the trades and the status of the prospects in the minor league. We also went over briefly the state of finances of the organization, etc.

Congratulations to Buffalo Bisons manager Marty Brown who earned his 300th victory as manager of the Bisons Saturday as the Herd defeated the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 6-2, at PNC Field.
 
Brown, who managed the Bisons to three straight winning records from 2003-2005, becomes the first manager to win 300 games in the club’s modern era. His 300 wins are the seventh most in the 128-year history of professional baseball in Buffalo.
 

Another big name Toronto Blue Jays player is heading to Buffalo for a little rehab. Pitcher J.A. Happ is scheduled to make his next MLB injury rehabilitation start with the Buffalo Bisons on Tuesday, July 23, against the Columbus Clippers at 7:05 p.m.

Instead of Where's Waldo we are going to play a game it seems we play every offseason the last couple of years: Where is Dwight Howard going next?

The Buffalo Bisons announced this week that the radio home for Toronto Blue Jays baseball, Sportsnet 590 The Fan, will carry the live broadcast of eight Buffalo Bisons games this summer.
 
The simulcast schedule will begin on Monday, July 1 as the Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, face the Charlotte Knights at 7:15 p.m.
 

Another fan favorite is returning to Coca-Cola Field as the Buffalo Bisons announced the return of Alfred State Movie Night with a free showing of “Monsters, Inc.” on the BisonsTV HD Scoreboard. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, July 5.


 
This is the third consecutive year the Bisons will welcome families and fans to the ballpark for a free moving showing on the Coca-Cola Field scoreboard. There is no admission charge and fans can either sit on the first base side seating area or bring a blanket and sit on the field to watch the movie.

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes will join the Buffalo Bisons on Friday, June 21 as part of his Major League injury rehab assignment. Reyes is scheduled to play three games with the Bisons, Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23.


 
The Bisons host the Durham Bulls on Friday with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Saturday is the team’s annual Star Wars Night at 6:05 p.m. while Sunday’s contest is a Busters Kids Club Sunday afternoon game with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch.

Now that the warmer months are upon us, “Play ball” is being heard at baseball parks across North America. And if you just can’t get enough of America’s favorite pastime, you may want to head north of the border for very special baseball event taking place on June 28 in nearby London, Ontario.

 

 Have you ever wanted to ask a particular player a question but didn't have access to him? Curious about why a coach made a particular decision. Wondering where the nets go after the game? 

 

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