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LOCAL PLAYERS SELECTED TO SLED HOCKEY TEAM

Thursday, 07.17.2008 / 10:58 AM / Features
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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LOCAL PLAYERS SELECTED TO SLED HOCKEY TEAM
With notoriously long winters, Western New York and sledding often go hand-in-hand.

That was never more evident than July 9 when five Buffalo natives were named to the 2008-09 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.

RELATED LINKS
US Sled Hockey Roster
US Sled Hockey Press Release
US Paralympics
Buffalo Sabres Sled Hockey






Selected from 42 paralympian athletes across the country, the 16-member squad including Mike Blabac (Buffalo, NY), Chris Manns, (Buffalo, NY), Brad Emmerson (Amherst, NY), Adam Page (Lancaster, NY) and Alexi Salamone (Grand Island, NY) are set to compete in several internationally sanctioned events throughout the year.

The season begins Nov. 4 with the Four Nations Challenge in Canada and continues in January with the Japan Challenge, held in Nagano. The team will also participate in the VANOC Series in Vancouver and the IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships in Europe through April.

Each member of the team has previously competed in either World Championships or Paralympic Winter Games, while all five representatives from the Queen City have played for the Buffalo Sabres Sled Hockey Team.

The league, part of WNY Physically Challenged Youth Sports, allows “players with mobility limitations, amputees and able-bodied players with knee, leg or hip injuries” to compete in hockey.

Sled Hockey has been a premier paralympic sport since it debuted in 1994 Lillehammer Games, according to the U.S. Paralympics Web site. The US team first captured gold in the 2002 Salt Lake City games.

Click here for more information on the Buffalo Sabres Sled Hockey Team or the US National Sled Hockey Team.

Buffalo Sabres forward Drew Stafford recently spent time with some of the members of the US National Sled Hockey Team. Click below to watch his visit with the local team:

DREW STAFFORD VISITS BUFFALO SABRES SLED HOCKEY TEAM

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  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
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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