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Sabres/Amerks Sign Affiliation Agreement

Monday, 04.10.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Sabres\/Amerks Sign Affiliation Agreement

April 10, 2006

Daniel DiPofi, Chief Operating Officer of the Buffalo Sabres and Randall J. Latona, Owner/Partner and Chief Financial Officer of the Rochester Americans, today announced the two organizations have signed a one-year NHL/AHL affiliation agreement.

"We are very happy to continue to have an affiliation with the Rochester Americans," said DiPofi. "The city of Rochester and the Amerks organization are a very integral part of the success of the Buffalo Sabres both on the ice and in terms fan interest."

Buffalo and Rochester will enter their 28th year as affiliated partners during the 2006-07 season. This affiliation is currently the longest working relationship in professional hockey between an NHL club and its AHL affiliate. Over the last seven seasons, the Rochester Americans have been the most successful AHL team in terms of number of points earned.

"Over the past 27 years, our affiliation with the Buffalo Sabres has proven to be a successful and winning partnership," said Latona. "I am looking forward to the synergistic continuation and success of both organizations and I am happy to have had an integral part in the future of our affiliation."

Rochester will continue to be the top developmental team for the Buffalo Sabres. The affiliation agreement calls for the Buffalo Sabres to provide the Amerks organization with a minimum of 10 prospects and the entire coaching staff. The remainder of the roster will be filled by Rochester. Both the Sabres and the Amerks felt it was important for the Rochester management to have a greater involvement in determining the veteran talent on the ice. This agreement allows Rochester to have such control.

"We feel it's a great environment to continue the development of our top prospects," said Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier. "Many of the players on our current roster have developed their skills in Rochester. The close proximity of Rochester to Buffalo allows our organization to better monitor the progress of our top prospects."

"It's gratifying to extend the longest affiliation in professional hockey. We've had a great balance of winning and developing players over those 27 years," said Rochester Americans General Manager Jody Gage. "It's also nice for our fans to see players come through here and excel at the next level."

During their affiliation with the Sabres, the Amerks have compiled a record of 1063-856-231-8 in 2,158 regular season games. Over that period, the team has captured nine regular season titles. The 2004-05 was a banner year for the organization. With a record of 51-19-4-6 (112 points), the Amerks captured the McGregor Kilpatrick Trophy (Overall Regular Season Points champion) and the Sam Pollock Trophy (North Division Champion).

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82