Get to know the Buffalo Sabres like never before in “Beyond Blue & Gold,” a series of webisodes that will debut exclusively at Sabres.com. From the boardroom to the draft room to the dressing room, fans will be given an all-access pass to the entire Sabres organization throughout the entire 2013-14 NHL season.
EPISODE #9: VILLE LEINO
Venture off the ice, and into the home of Ville Leino to experience a never-before-seen side of the Finnish forward. From art to music, you'll quickly learn there's more to Leino than meets the eye.
EPISODE #8: THE NETMINDERS
They say goaltenders are a unique breed, and that's definitely the case for the Buffalo duo of Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth. Sharing the goaltending spotlight is never easy, but these two teammates have found a way to co-exist in one of the most mentally and physically demanding positions in sports. But while they may seem very different on the ice, you'll be surprised to learn they share may of the same personality traits off it.
EPISODE #7: MEET THE FOLIGNOS
It’s not every day you can go to work against your brother. Marcus and Nick Foligno, the sons of former Sabres captain Mike Foligno, sit down to talk about what it was like growing up in a hockey-crazy family. They reflect on skating with Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg when they were kids and Marcus’ first NHL game, which was against Nick.
They also discuss the legacy of their mother Janis, who battled breast cancer, and the foundation established in her honor. More information on the Janis Foligno Foundation can be found at www.janisfolignofoundation.com.
EPISODE #6: CAPTAINS
Prior to the start of the season, Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott were named captains of the Buffalo Sabres. Vanek will serve as captain during home games while Ott will wear the “C” on the road. The two veteran forwards sit down to discuss what the shared captaincy means to them, the positive influence they try to have on the younger players on the roster and their goals for the team moving forward.
EPISODE #5: GAMEDAY SIGHTS & SOUNDS
See and hear what it's like to be on the ice and in the locker room on a Buffalo Sabres game day. Drew Stafford, Mike Weber and coach Ron Rolston were Mic'd Up when the Sabres hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets in a preseason game at First Niagara Center on Sept. 25.
EPISODE #4: PROSPECTS TOURNAMENT
In early September, a team full of Sabres youngsters ventured north to Traverse City, Michigan, for the annual NHL Prospects Tournament. Buffalo returned to this scenic vacation spot as defending champions, having defeated the New York Rangers for the title in 2011. Rochester Americans coach Chadd Cassidy was charged with leading this group, which featured recent first-round picks Zemgus Girgensons, Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov. Go behind closed doors to find out what was on the minds of players, coaches and management during this very important annual event.
EPISODE #3: DEVELOPMENT CAMP
For three days in July, the future of the Buffalo Sabres gathered at First Niagara Center for a crash course in what it takes to become a professional hockey player. Whether it was listening to head coach Ron Rolston talk about the development process, or being taught the proper skating technique by coach Dawn Braid, it was back to school for many of the prospects. But there was also a chance to bond, as evidenced by the team outing to a local go-kart track. This episode also includes interviews with new Rochester Americans head coach Chadd Cassidy, and Sabres prospects Mark Pysyk and Zemgus Girgensons.
EPISODE #2: 2013 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
Get an in-depth look at Buffalo's preparations for the NHL Entry Draft that took place in New Jersey on June 30, including exclusive audio from the draft table with Darcy Regier and Kevin Devine. The episode also features video from the team's war room in the days leading up to the draft, and interviews with Elliotte Friedman (CBC Hockey Night in Canada), Nick Kypreos (Sportsnet), Pierre Lebrun (ESPN), Renaud Lavoie (RDS) and Dan Rosen (NHL.com).
EPISODE #1: SABRES SCOUTING COMBINE
The award-winning series “Beyond Blue & Gold” is back for a second season with a behind-the-scenes look at the scouting combine the Buffalo Sabres hosted prior to the 2013 NHL Draft. See what physical and psychological factors the scouting department takes into account when evaluating talent and ranking prospects. This episode features interviews with Sabres Director of Amateur Scouting Kevin Devine, Strength and Conditioning Coach Doug McKenney and Mental Skills Coach Dr. Barbara Meyer. Last season, “Beyond Blue & Gold” was honored with three Telly Awards.