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BUFFALO SABRES TO PLAY SPECIAL EXHIBITION GAME IN MANNHEIM, GERMANY, OCT. 4 AS PART OF 2011 COMPUWARE NHL PREMIERE CHALLENGE

Sabres’ Jochen Hecht Returns To His Hometown To Face Former Team

Tuesday, 04.26.2011 / 1:31 PM / NHL PREMIERE SERIES
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BUFFALO SABRES TO PLAY SPECIAL EXHIBITION GAME IN MANNHEIM, GERMANY, OCT. 4 AS PART OF 2011 COMPUWARE NHL PREMIERE CHALLENGE
Jochen Hecht (Photo: Bill Wippert)
The Buffalo Sabres will play an exhibition game against Adler Mannheim at SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany, on Tuesday, Oct. 4, as part of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge.  Tickets for this game will go on sale to Mannheim season ticket holders on May 15 and to the general public June 1.

Sabres forward Jochen Hecht, who hails from Mannheim, played five seasons with Adler Mannheim, most recently in 2004-05.  Hecht, who is in his 11th full NHL® season and his eighth as a member of the Sabres, is a three-time German Olympian (1998, 2002, 2010).  In 764 career NHL regular-season games, Hecht has 177 goals and 264 assists for a total of 441 points.

"I am very excited to return to my hometown and play against my former club," said Hecht. "The National Hockey League is the highest level of the game in the world. Not only is it a great opportunity to have the NHL brought to Mannheim, but to be a part of the experience is a dream come true."

Last year, the Adler Mannheim battled the San Jose Sharks in the Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge.  Leading 1-0 deep into the third period, Adler Mannheim surrendered the lead, only to tie the score at 2-2 with 3:11 remaining, forcing overtime and eventually a shootout.  The Sharks prevailed with a 3-2 shootout victory.

Next season marks a record fifth consecutive season the NHL will be playing regular-season games in Europe as part of 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere™ and NHL Face-Off™.  NHL teams will play a total of four games in three different European capital cities – Berlin, Stockholm and Helsinki.  On Friday, Oct. 7, the Sabres will play the Anaheim Ducks at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland, and the New York Rangers will play the Los Angeles Kings at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.  The next day, Saturday, Oct. 8, the Sabres and Kings will play each other at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany, and the Rangers face off against the Ducks in Stockholm.

By the end of 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere, 17 NHL teams – over half of the NHL – will have played regular-season and exhibition games in Europe since 2007. The Sabres have visited Europe one other time in franchise history. To open the 1998 pre-season, the Sabres and Lightning traveled to Austria to participate in the NHL International Challenge, playing a series of exhibition games against Austrian teams as well as exhibitions against each other.

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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
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

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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