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CREATING HOCKEY MEMORIES IN CANADA

Sabres visit a group of youth hockey players in Niagara Falls

Friday, 09.13.2013 / 3:54 PM / Features
By Rob Poling  - Digital Content Intern
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CREATING HOCKEY MEMORIES IN CANADA
It was an unusual Monday evening for the Novice AAA Niagara Falls Rivermen. When they showed up to the Gale Centre for practice, they found Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno and Sabres alumni Rob Ray, Jay McKee and Richie Dunn waiting there for them. The visit was part of the organization\'s second annual \"Invade Canada\" tour of select Southern Ontario cities.

Niagara Falls, ON. -- It was an unusual Monday evening for the Novice AAA Niagara Falls Rivermen. When they showed up to the Gale Centre for practice, they found Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno and Sabres alumni Rob Ray, Jay McKee and Richie Dunn waiting there for them. The visit was part of the organization's second annual "Invade Canada" tour of select Southern Ontario cities.

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The young excited Rivermen players listened attentively as they received a few tips from the pros.

Foligno, Ray, McKee and Dunn took turns reminiscing about their childhood hockey days and provided advice to the team of kids younger than nine how to be successful athletes.

“There’s always going to be someone trying to take your position. Someone who is trying to be quicker, better, stronger,” Ray said. “You have to keep working on getting to be the best you can be.”

McKee, who played junior hockey in Niagara Falls, shared a similar message.

“The most important quality I learned from the best players in the world is consistency,” he said. “If you give your best effort on and off the ice every single day, everything will fall into place.”

Foligno expressed the importance of a solid work ethic and doing well in school.

“When I was your age, if I didn’t pass a test, I couldn’t go in my next hockey tournament,” he said.

The pros took time to meet with the Rivermen, sign autographs and tease a few young self-admitted Toronto Maple Leafs fans for their choice of team.

After the meet and greet, the Rivermen were thrilled to have Foligno accompany them on the ice for practice. Foligno participated in all of the team’s usual skating, shooting and positional drills.

The 6-foot-3 Sabres forward had his hands full as some feisty Rivermen players did not shy away from challenging him in front of the net and in the corners.

Foligno and the Sabres alumni provided the players with one of many positive learning experiences they will have throughout their young careers. Foligno ensured the kids you never stop learning as a hockey player no matter what level you play at.

“I’m 22 years old and I still have a lot to learn,” he said.

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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