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FIRST CAME THE PIGEON...

Wednesday, 04.07.2010 / 3:21 PM / News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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FIRST CAME THE PIGEON...
Drew Stafford (Bill Wippert)
You may have noticed a bit of a fashion statement going on inside of the Buffalo Sabres locker room.

Steve Montador first sported the look. Then players like Nathan Gerbe and Drew Stafford followed suit… well suit coat anyway.

That’s because the latest trend at HSBC Arena is a simple white jacket that is currently serving more as a motivational device than a style accessory.

“It came from a collaboration of players and coaches to try and have something you can have fun with,” Head Coach Lindy Ruff said.

In short, it’s the successor to The Pigeon.

Following each game one player is awarded the jacket for his performance, dedication or determination.

A Sabres logo is on the front and the words ‘I WILL’ are embroidered on the back. Whoever is chosen to receive the jacket that night must write a bit of inspiration for others to follow.

“You’ve got to take a little pride in wearing it after the game and at the same time that player gives a little speech when the game is over,” Ruff said.

The team had been considering doing something like it for a while, but it wasn’t until a recent road trip that Ruff found the perfect vessel to deliver the message, when he discovered the jacket in one of the team’s hotels.

“I think it’s been great for the team. It’s an idea that was knocked around with the players and coaches and we came up with it. It’s a little bit of creative thinking.”

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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