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GREEN TEAM PLANTS TREES AT RIVERSIDE PARK

Monday, 10.25.2010 / 4:48 PM / Blue & Gold Make Green
By Michael Jafari  - Graduate Assistant (2010)
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GREEN TEAM PLANTS TREES AT RIVERSIDE PARK
The Buffalo Sabres teamed up with the Olmstead Parks Conservancy (BOPC) on Sunday, October 24 to plant 33 trees at Riverside Park.

Center Paul Gaustad and defenseman Mike Weber were joined by 60 volunteers on Sunday morning to plant maple, birch, beech, and oak trees donated by BOPC. 

“Buffalo used to be known as the city of trees throughout the years, but unexpected weather conditions have caused us to lose many of them,” said BOPC Vice President Rachel Lithgow.  “Our goal is to plant 1,000 trees a year so we can re-tree Buffalo. It’s great to see a turnout like this.”

One of the more prominent storms that Lithgow referred to was the infamous “October Storm.” Western New York is still recovering from the 2006 storm that wiped out almost 5,700 trees.  Gaustad was a member the Sabres at that time and remembers the damage caused by the storm.

“It was a freak storm that destroyed a lot of trees at many parks,” recalled Gaustad. “I planted trees a couple of times in Buffalo, and I’ve come to realize that we have great parks, and it’s pretty special to help out here.”

BOPC equipped the players and the green team participants with shovels, gloves, and stakes to plant the trees in various areas of the park.  It wasn’t the cleanest activity to help Western New York go green, but Weber was impressed with the participation.

“It’s impressive to see the park filled with 60 people helping to plant trees,” Weber said. “The support from the community is unbelievable, and it shows you what a great city Buffalo is and how we come together.”

The Buffalo Sabres Green Team is extremely proud of what it accomplished with the help of volunteers and sponsors. The presenting sponsor of this event was National Fuel’s Conservation Incentive Program. Supporting sponsors included Chautauqua Energy, Modern Recycling, and Integrys Energy.

“By teaming up with the Buffalo Sabres Green Team, we hope to increase awareness about energy conservation,” said National Fuel Spokesperson Nancy Taylor.  “Our goal is to educate the community on how to use resources wisely and obtain rebates from National Fuel for energy-efficient equipment.


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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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
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8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
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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

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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