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SABRES EMPLOYEES ENJOY HOMECOMING

Sam Korotkin and Craig Kanalley happy to be working back home

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 9:34 AM / Features
By Marc Davies  - Digital Content Intern
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SABRES EMPLOYEES ENJOY HOMECOMING
Sam Korotkin and Craig Kanalley have been itching to move back to Buffalo and jumped at the chance to work for the Sabres.

When Sam Korotkin and Craig Kanalley heard they had been hired by the Buffalo Sabres, it was more than the chance to take a new job, it was a homecoming.

Korotkin and Kanalley are local products who left home for college without knowing if they'd ever be able to move back.

They’re now co-workers in the Sabres' Marketing Department.

Korotkin is the videographer and editor for Sabres.com while Kanalley signed on as the Sabres social media manager.

A Getzville native, Korotkin attended the University of Missouri and, after graduating in 2012, remained out of state as a sports producer, anchor and reporter for the NBC affiliate in Memphis, Tenn.

He is responsible for creating most of the video available on the website, including locker room interviews, practice footage and features about community events. Producing and distributing Sabres content is something that is very rewarding, Korotkin says, especially since he’s both an employee and a fan.

“The content I’m producing is also for me,” he said. “I want to see all this stuff and I know my friends, family and all the Sabres fans want to see this stuff so that’s rewarding and it’s nice to see and to be a part of.”

Kanalley grew up in Tonawanda and had a similar fate, traveling away to St. John Fisher for college and attending DePaul for graduate school. Like Korotkin, Kanalley got a job after college outside of the Western New York area.

“I worked at the Huffington Post for three years in New York City,” said Kanalley. “I was doing a lot of things for them – social media, trends – and I was a senior editor there. I also was at NBC news for a very short time”

Kanalley is responsible for all of the team’s social media endeavors, including those on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and YouTube. His position allows him to interact with fans on a daily basis, which is something he enjoys.

“I engage with fans, giving them opportunities to win giveaways and contests,” Kanalley said. “I am able to communicate on behalf of the team to all the fans. That part is also very rewarding.”

After spending time away from home, both Korotkin and Kanalley were eager at the opportunity to work back in their hometown. After hearing the good news from the Sabres, both were ecstatic.

“Oh, it was crazy,” Korotkin said. “It was a dream scenario. I always wanted to come back to Buffalo, obviously.”

Kanalley was also eager live in Buffalo again, but wasn’t sure if he would ever get the chance.

“When I moved to New York City, I thought there would be no way to get back to Buffalo, so that part I’m even more surprised about,” Kanalley said. “I think it was one of those moments where I had to pinch myself because I couldn’t believe it was happening.”

Both Korotkin and Kanalley are life-long Sabres fans, which made the experience even more special. Korotkin can still recall his earliest memories of the Sabres.

“When I was 3 years old I would mute the TV, imitate Rick Jeanneret and all that good stuff,” he said. “I went to my first game at The Aud and we lost to the Lighting 6-1 when I was 3 or 4 years old, a long time ago.”

Kanalley has similar memories and wished at an early age that he could go to every Sabres game.

“Just to get paid to watch all the games is awesome because I would watch them all anyways,” Kanalley said. “When I was younger, I dreamed of getting season tickets one day, so this is even better.”

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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