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STENZEL'S SHARE "7TH MAN" AWARD

Friday, 04.26.2013 / 8:51 PM / News
By Madison Brown  - Digital Media Intern
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STENZEL\'S SHARE \"7TH MAN\" AWARD
The return of Buffalo\u2019s Fan Appreciation Night brings together fans of all ages to be recognized for their dedication and support to the Sabres\u2019 throughout the entire season. Amidst the numerous prize giveaways and promotions is the chance to earn the \u201C7th Man\u201D Fan of the Year Award, paying tribute to a fan that has gone above and beyond to support the Sabres and is selected each year from a pool of nominees.

The return of Buffalo’s Fan Appreciation Night brings together fans of all ages to be recognized for their dedication and support to the Sabres’ throughout the entire season. Amidst the numerous prize giveaways and promotions is the chance to earn the “7th Man” Fan of the Year Award, paying tribute to a fan that has gone above and beyond to support the Sabres and is selected each year from a pool of nominees.

This year, Edwin and Carol Stenzel shared the award as the Sabres’ best and most passionate fans of the season. The couple was recognized at center ice as the 2013 “7th Man and Woman” of the season in a pre-game ceremony.

The Stenzel’s have been married for 55 years, and have owned season tickets since 1971. They even celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a Sabres’ game. Edwin and Carol have seven children together, and it was their son, Eddy Jr., who nominated them for the award.

Edwin has been attending hockey games since he was 15 years old, and he’s been hooked ever since. He took his sons, Eddy Jr. and Joey, to Buffalo’s first home opener in 1970 against the Montreal Canadiens, a game that Buffalo lost 3-0. But what came from that night was much more important than the final score. Edwin and Eddy Jr. have not missed a home opener since then.

Both Edwin and Carol recall watching Gilbert Perreault and The French Connection as their greatest memory and the most exciting time to be a Sabres fan. They were also Carol’s favorite players during those years. When asked who their favorite players are now, Carol said she enjoys watching Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller play. Edwin had a much less complicated answer.

“They’re all my favorite players,” he explained. “They’re the Sabres.”

Edwin and Carol haven’t missed many games since they became season ticket holders over 40 years ago, and they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. In fact, they wouldn’t mind seeing a run for the Stanley Cup in the near future.

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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