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BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 18, 2019) — Today, Buffalo Jr. Sabres, a member of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, announce a new organizational leadership structure for the 20U Junior A team.

“Our organization is continuing to grow,” said Larry Playfair, 20U Junior A Team Governor.  “Our growth is generating increased opportunity for our players and teams to recognize success, and we are building a staff and infrastructure to support that growth and success.”

Effective today, the Buffalo Jr Sabres 20U Junior A. team leadership will be constructed as follows:

Governor & Board Member                   Larry Playfair

Executive Director                                  Charlie Mendola

Alternate Governor                                 Matt Ellis

General Manager & Head Coach          Nick Tuzzolino

Director of Scouting                               Sean Wallace

Director of Player Personnel                  Tim Kennedy

Tuzzolino, our current head coach of the last two seasons, takes over as General Manager.  “I’m honored and humbled for this opportunity,” said Tuzzolino.” My mission is to continue building upon the strong foundation of our organization, and together with my staff, we will continue to execute our plan to provide our players the tools to achieve their goals.” Last season, Tuzzolino lead the Buffalo Jr Sabres Junior A team to the 2ndround of the Ontario Junior Hockey League playoffs, the first time that’s happened in over 5 years. “Working in many professional organizations throughout my career has provided me information and insight that I will put forth in developing a program laser-focused on building successful players and people,” remarked Tuzzolino.  “With Sean and Tim in their new roles, we are ready to get started.”

As mentioned above, to further support the growth and development of the program, the 20U Junior A team is adding two new components to the staff.  Sean Wallace will take over as the Director of Scouting. Wallace, a native of Rochester, NY is currently a regional scout for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL as well as Hockey Program Manager for HARBORCENTER. “We are excited to add Sean to our leadership team with a focus on talent identification and assessment, said Tuzzolino. Wallace will continue to be an assistant coach for the team as well.

Additionally, Tim Kennedy has been named Director of Player Personnel, while also continuing his role as assistant coach.  Kennedy, a native of Buffalo, NY, played much of his youth hockey as a teammate of Tuzzolino. “Being a part of this organization is exciting, especially being a part of a staff that can help shape the development path of players working to get to the next level,” said Kennedy.  Kennedy played in the USHL for two years prior to attending Michigan State University where he was a member of the 2007 National Championship team. In 2005, he was selected 181stoverall in the NHL Draft and has played in over 650 professional games.

Congratulations to Nick, Tim and Sean on their new roles.

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Ontario Hockey Association

This week the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) is announcing the recipients of the 2018-19 OHA Awards and today we are proud to announce the OHA Top Prospects for 2018-19 as selected by the OHA Awards Committee.

The following players have been selected as the OHA’s Top Prospects for 2018-19: Ty Glover (Forward – Buffalo Jr. Sabres), Kosta Manikis (Forward – Toronto Jr. Canadiens), Ryan McAllister (Forward – Komoka Kings), Zachary Uens (Defenceman – Wellington Dukes), Noah Beck (Defenceman – St. Michael’s Buzzers) and Mitchell Weeks (Goaltender – Newmarket Hurricanes).

NEW LEAGUE WILL BEGIN THIS UPCOMING 2019-2020 SEASON https://buffalojuniorsabres.com/2019/05/05/seven-junior-sabres-commit-to-play-ncaa-hockey-2-s-upcoming-2019-2020-season/ Sun, 05 May 2019 21:45:11 +0000 https://buffalojuniorsabres.com/?p=2488



HACKENSACK, N.J. (MAY 5, 2019) — Today, a compilation of prominent youth hockey organizations that share a vision for player-focused development announce the formation of “The Northeast Pack.” The regional hockey league will bring some the Northeast’s highest-rated players and organizations together beginning with the 2019-2020 season.

The Northeast Pack will be comprised of the following organizations at the 14U, 15U, 16U & 18U levels:

  • North Jersey Avalanche
  • Dicks Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Pens Elite
  • Buffalo Jr. Sabres
  • South Kent School Selects Academy (15-18U Only)
  • Mount St. Charles Hockey Academy
  • Mid-Fairfield Rangers (14U Only)

Our Mission:  To empower our players and teams to thrive; through focused development, consistent high-level competition and a dedication to education.

Our Vision:  With a mindset of pushing standards to new heights, our league was created for the benefit of our athletes and families. Building, improving and sustaining a brand that will prepare our players on the ice, but as importantly, off the ice helped to outline our guiding principles:

  • Through open communication and collaboration, sharing best practices to further strengthen all league organizations.
  • Family and education conscious schedule
  • Providing a consistent, competitive environment which will provide ability to develop through failure
  • Fostering individual and team growth leading to upward trajectory
  • Recognizing and celebrating individual and team success

“It is with great enthusiasm that the North Jersey Avalanche participates in what is bound to be one of the most exciting, competitive, and elite youth hockey leagues in the country, said Dan May, President of the North Jersey Avalanche organization.  “To be able to form a league in the North East boasting some of top teams in the nation is a testament to the coaches, administrative staff, and the consistent high quality player development of these five relatively local organizations.  The Avalanche are proud to be a member of this exclusive class of organizations, coaches, and players.”

The Northeast Pack will begin play this upcoming 2019-2020 season, with each organization hosting a showcase weekend to comprise a 16 game schedule, which would then lead to our league playoffs.  The league season begins in September with North Jersey Avalanche hosting the 15U age group.  The overall schedule is listed below:

Regular Season

September 13-15, 2019 15U (Host – North Jersey Avalanche)

October 18-20, 2019 16,18U (Host – South Kent School Selects Academy)

November 15-17, 2019 15,16,18U (Host – Buffalo Jr. Sabres)

December 13-15, 2019 15,16,18U (Host – Mount St. Charles)

January 17-19, 2020 14U (Host – Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Pens Elite)

February 7-9, 2020  15,16,18U (Host – North Jersey Avalanche)


February 22 – 24, 2020 14,15,16,18U (Host – Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Pens Elite)

“We are extremely excited to join with and compete against some of the most well respected and successful organizations in the country,” said Doug Holewa, Director of South Kent School Selects Academy.  “The strength of our collective programs maximize competition and exposure.”

Each of the league showcase venues line up to be very accessible to the many NCAA Division 1 institutions that are located just a few hours away, creating tremendous exposure opportunity for the players.  All event schedules including game times will be added to RinkNet shortly, allowing all NCAA, USHL, and Major Junior coaches and scouts the ability to plan their recruiting schedule.

“The Buffalo Jr. Sabres organization has put a lot of effort into strategically aligning ourselves with the best competition to help our players improve on the ice and also receive maximum exposure,” said Kevyn Adams Buffalo Jr. Sabres President.   We feel that this league will put our players in a great position to improve and develop.”

The Northeast Pack website will be operational very soon, and will house all events, schedules, rosters, and other pertinent information.  Additionally, Social media accounts have already been established and you can follow us on Twitter @NortheastPack and Instagram @northeastpack1127.

“We are very excited to begin play in the Northeast Pack this upcoming season, as this begins a new chapter for Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Penguins Elite program,” said Danny McKinnon, Director, Elite Hockey.  “We look forward to partnering with four highly competitive organizations with a common goal to help promote and develop young hockey players onto the next level.”

For any inquiries about our league, please contact us via email at northeastpack1127@gmail.com.                                                                                                                                                                        

The Northeast Pack

Banded Together to Drive, Develop and Differentiate


Seven Junior Sabres Commit To Play NCAA Hockey https://buffalojuniorsabres.com/2019/01/28/seven-junior-sabres-commit-to-play-ncaa-hockey/ Mon, 28 Jan 2019 23:18:28 +0000 https://buffalojuniorsabres.com/?p=2451

Seven Junior Sabres Commit To Play NCAA Hockey

Earlier this fall, seven young men from the Buffalo Junior Sabres organization made commitments to pursue their hockey careers at the next level.

The seven players come from three different Junior Sabre teams; and all committed to seven different schools.

The two youngest commits came from the 14U Junior Sabres. Brody Crane will continue his career at Penn State and Owen Paskowski will attend Colorado State.

Penn State was one of the first schools to express interest in Crane. According to 14U co-head coach Craig Rivet, Crane fell in love with the campus in State College, PA. The Nittany Lions will not only be getting a kid that loves the school, but they’ve also got themselves one of the best players from his age level.

“Brody is one of the most sought-after players in North America,” coach Rivet said. “Everything he does is elite. He’s strong, has a great shot and is a fantastic skater. He’s also a great stick handler and can physical as well. He’s one of the most complete players in all of 2004 hockey.”

Owen Paskowski, similar to his teammate had offers from big schools like Penn State, but ultimately picked Colorado College because he felt it was the best place to develop his game and play many minutes.

Paskowski sticks out among his teammates, as well as most 14U players standing at over six-feet tall, which makes him an intriguing prospect.

“He’s already a very complete player, but there’s so much more growth he can have in his game,” Rivet said. “Owen has a great shot and skates very well for a kid his size and his size helps him as a defender. He’s a great competitor as well.”

The 16U Junior Sabres also had a pair of players commit. Michael Bevilacqua will attend Northeastern and Dalton Wright committed to Union College; the second Junior Sabre in the last three years to do so.

Wright is described as a “very elusive and smart” hockey player by his head coach Jake Brozyna. He also said Wright, “knows what’s going on around him at all times.”

Brozyna has seen his fair share of Dalton Wright as he coached him last season on the 15U Junior Sabre team that won a national championship.

Michael Bevilacqua is a newcomer to Brozyna’s group this year, however, the Northeastern commit has already established himself as a core member of the team and has had a number of different schools offer him a chance to play for them.

“He’s a very big and strong defenseman,” Brozyna said. “While he is a defender, he also has a nice offensive touch.

The 20U Junior Sabres had a trio of players commit to colleges.

Center Declan McDonnell committed to Providence College. The future Friar captained the previously mentioned 15u national championship-winning team.

At 16 years old, McDonnell is one of the youngest players on the 20U team and while he’s still a few years away from going there, the forward is excited to attend Providence.

“I loved the coaching staff,” McDonnell said. “I loved the small campus and their facilities. They have a lot of history in their program and they’ve been a hockey powerhouse for the last few years – that really drew me in.”

Nick Tuzzolino, the coach of the 20U Junior Sabres said McDonnell will definitely succeed at the next level, not only because he has elite skills, but he also has the drive.

“Declan’s best trait is his compete and his work ethic,” Tuzzolino said. “He’s highly skilled, but he understands the game well. He also has a good IQ and has a ‘won’t be denied’ type of mentality.”

Spencer Smith won’t be too far from McDonnell at UMass Amherst. Smith, a center and left-winger from St.Catharines, Ontario was heavily recruited by UMass from the start according to Tuzzolino. It only took one trip for Smith to decide he wanted to be a Minuteman.

“I think what really made me pick them was when I visited; it really felt like home,” Smith said. “The campus was gorgeous and the arena was amazing. Another reason I liked UMass was because my dad has always been a Boston fan. He kind of wanted me to go there and he’s really liking my decision right now.”

The third commit from the 20U team is 18 year-old Ty Glover, who ironically is currently living with Spencer Smith.

Glover was born in London, Ontario, but has spent the last month and a half living with his teammate in St. Catharines. Smith said they drive to practice together every day.

Glover will continue his hockey career at Western Michigan, a school he chose because of the loud and energetic atmosphere of Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, MI.

“It just had the right feel to me when I went there,” said Glover when talking about Western Michigan’s campus. “It was a really easy decision for me. I’m excited to meet all the guys, live on campus and go in my own individual direction.”

The physical style that the Broncos play also intrigued Glover, the six foot three forward who plays with a bit of edge to his game and thinks that Western’s system was a perfect fit.

“Ty is a big, powerful forward who plays a heavy g,ame, kind of like a pro-style already,” Tuzzolino said. “He’s a guy, in my opinion that could potentially be a draft pick this year. He’s a high-end physical player and has good speed. When you’re that big and fast and as well-rounded as he is – it’s the whole package.”

Over the last six years, the Buffalo Junior Sabres have had over 70 players from the program commit to colleges and junior league teams. Thanks to our coaches, the Academy of Hockey, IMPACT Sports Performance and our fantastic facilities at Harborcenter, we’ve been able to help dozens of young hockey players grow and develop their game into next-level players.

Buffalo Jr Sabres 2019-2020 Coaching Announcement https://buffalojuniorsabres.com/2019/01/16/buffalo-jr-sabres-2019-2020-coaching-announcement/ Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:42:00 +0000 https://buffalojuniorsabres.com/?p=2437
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The Buffalo Jr. Sabres Organization today announced the head coaches of its 9U – 18U teams for the upcoming 2019-2020 season.


9U Team
Head Coach: Jason Nightingale

10U Team
Head Coach: Matt Ellis

11U Team
Head Coach: Sean Wallace
Assistant Coach: Craig Rivet

12U Team
Head Coach: Kevyn Adams
Assistant Coach: Matt Ellis

13U Team
Head Coach: Charlie Mendola
Assistant Coach: Andrew Peters

14U Team
Head Coach: Patrick Kaleta
Assistant Coach: Brian Gionta

15U Team
Head Coach: Dan Collins
Assistant Coach: Craig Rivet

16U Team
Head Coach: Jacob Brozyna
Assistant Coach: Michael Peca

18U Team
Head Coach: Joe Marszalek

The remaining members of each teams’ coaching staff will be announced after tryouts. Tryout times and player assessment fees will be announced in the coming weeks.

Ryan Conmy Named Silver Stick Tournament All Star https://silverstick.org/Tournaments/6793/Articles/8334/2019_All_Star_Award_Winners/#new_tab Wed, 09 Jan 2019 18:23:06 +0000 https://buffalojuniorsabres.com/?p=2427 Prospects Pulse: Buffalo Jr. Sabres’ talent on full display https://buffalojuniorsabres.com/2019/01/09/prospects-pulse-buffalo-jr-sabres-talent-on-full-display/ Wed, 09 Jan 2019 18:11:57 +0000 https://buffalojuniorsabres.com/?p=2417

Prospects Pulse: Buffalo Jr. Sabres’ talent on full display

The Buffalo Jr. Sabres bantam major team took a trip to New England for three games last weekend.

The team, made up of some very highly touted ’04s, played South Shore Kings at Holy Cross before taking on the Mid-Fairfield Rangers at Providence College and Harvard.

The Jr. Sabres ‘04s came away with a 6-0 win over the South Shore Kings before splitting the two games with Mid-Fairfield. The Jr. Sabres came away with a 2-1 win Saturday afternoon before losing the weekend finale, 4-0, on Sunday morning.

The team has two NCAA Division I commits as well as several players who will certainly have a college logo next to their name in the future. New York Hockey Journal took in Saturday morning’s game against the South Shore Kings to get another look at the Jr. Sabres.

Buffalo Jr. Sabres Bantam Major: Top Prospects

Brody Crane
#92 Buffalo Jr. Sabres, 5/29/04, C, Left Shot
NCAA Commit: Penn State

Crane is an elite player within this age group. The Union, Ontario, native has good size and can power his way to the net. He has a long, fluid stride that allows him to create time and space. He scored a goal by just being around the net and banging home a puck from on top of the crease to make it 1-0. Later in the game he scored a beautiful goal to make it 6-0. He drove the net, toe-dragged an opposing defender before slipping the puck inside the far post. He’s a big time prospect who will likely be a first round pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection.

Kaleb Smith
#23 Buffalo Jr. Sabres, 5/14/04, RW, Right Shot

Smith isn’t the best skater nor does he have the best skill set, but he has a ton of upside due to his size and how hard he plays. He projects as a middle six, power forward who can bring it physically. He hits hard and is good down low. He dug a puck out and assisted on the team’s second goal. He scored the team’s fourth goal with a laser right under the bar.

Kiernan Gately
#46 Buffalo Jr. Sabres, 2/25/04, D, Right Shot

Gately is a smaller, puck-moving defenseman who likes to push the pace. His first touch, outlet passes, and ability to side-step forecheckers make him a great threat on the breakout. He has good feet and likes to join the rush. He’ll be a great prep school player and could be a Division I NCAA prospect down the line.

Ryan Conmy
#36 Buffalo Jr. Sabres, 10/23/04, RW, Right Shot

Conmy is a Virginia native who played at this summer’s STX 68 Combine. He is strong on his skates and can make some plays. On the fifth goal, his centering feed deflected off some bodies and into the back of the net.

Owen Paskowski
#88 Buffalo Jr. Sabres, 2/4/04, D, Left Shot

NCAA Commit: Colorado College

The Plymouth, Mass., native is a big defenseman who projects as a stay-at-home blue liner. He’s at his best when he’s using his length to close on opposing forwards and retrieve pucks. When he keeps things simple, he’s effective. With his size, there’s upside if he can improve his skating over the coming years.

Ryan Novo
#48 Buffalo Jr. Sabres, 5/2/04, LW, Left Shot

Novo has agility which allows him to make plays in small areas. He was able to use his edges to cut away from opposing defenders, giving him time and space to work with before dishing the puck to open linemates.

Patrick Geary
#8 Buffalo Jr. Sabres, 2/18/04, LW, Left Shot

Geary has played defense in the past and was most likely just playing up front due to a lack of bodies. He was effective down low and used his size to his advantage. He played the point on the power play and scored a one-timer for the team’s third goal.

Daniel Urban
#91 Buffalo Jr. Sabres, 2/17/04, C, Right Shot

Urban scored the team’s second goal and showed an ability to be an effective 200-foot center. He’s a player to watch.

Beau Jelsma
#10 Buffalo Jr. Sabres, 4/28/04, LW, Left Shot

Jelsma is another one of the team’s Canadian players. He played left wing in this game and was solid alongside Nathan Stachowiak and Ryan Conmy.

Austin McNicholas
#13 Buffalo Jr. Sabres, 5/24/04, G, Catches Left

McNicholas faced a very limited amount of rubber in this game, but he looked the part with good size and seemed to move well. This observer would like to see him play again, but there’s something there.

Buffalo Jr. Sabres Lines

48 R. Novo – 92 B. Crane – 29 N. Peluso
10 B. Jelsma – 9 N. Stachowiak – 36 R. Conmy
8 P. Geary – 91 D. Urban – 23 K. Smith

88 O. Paskowski – 46 K. Gately
33 A. Zakrzewski – 15 S. Renaud
11 J. McLachlan – 43 J. Helm

13 A. McNicholas

Buffalo Junior Sabres 15u Team
JR. SABRES CLIP LITTLE CAESARS TO CAPTURE 15 ONLY CROWN https://nationals.usahockey.com/news_article/show/906331#new_tab Mon, 29 Oct 2018 20:23:06 +0000 https://buffalojuniorsabres.com/?p=2359

15U Hockey League News

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Jr. Sabres goaltender moving on to USHL

Goaltender Ben Kraws becomes the 27th Buffalo Jr. Sabres alumnus since 2003 to join the USHL after the 17-year-old New Jersey native recently joined the Sioux City Musketeers in Iowa.

Kraws’ introduction to ice hockey came at an early age thanks to a family-wide passion for the sport. From the early days of backyard competition against his brother, Kraws and his dad soon packed up the car and traveled around for further exposure and development. He began his playing career as a forward, then dropped back to defense before finding his true home between the pipes.

“I ended up being a goalie because I wanted to make difference in the game,” Kraws said. “My favorite thing about it was knowing the team relies on you and I have the chance to make big saves. I like being able to come up big when they need me to.”

Backstopping the Philadelphia Little Flyers, the then-12-year-old Kraws shined in net during a weeklong Pee Wee tournament in early 2013. As fate would have it, Kraws and the Jr. Flyers would knock off the Jr. Sabres in overtime.

Kraws’ successes continued and a natural progression to further competition followed two years later as he and his mother moved to Buffalo so that he could join the Jr. Sabres’ U-15 team. Kraws posted a career-best 1.18 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage in 11 regular-season appearances during his rookie campaign.

That same year, Kraws played in five games during the Tier 1 Elite League Playoffs and produced a 1.94 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. While the goaltender was thriving on the ice, the initial change off the ice was something he had to get used to.

“[The moving can be] difficult, but I made new friends [in Buffalo] so it was good,” Kraws said. “I think it was pretty essential to have the support of my parents.”

With his mom already in Buffalo, Kraws’ dad traveled more than six hours from the family’s Cranbury home to see all of the Jr. Sabres’ home games. As ice hockey so often becomes a family affair, Kraws followed the educational paths of his uncle and grandfather by enrolling at Saint Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo.

“The [Jr. Sabres] goalie coaches were great,” Kraws said of former Buffalo Sabre Marty Biron and former Canisius College assistant coach John Daigneau. “Trusting the process is the hardest thing, but they helped me before practice pretty much every day.”

Over the next two seasons, Kraws played with the Jr. Sabres’ 16-U, 18-U and 20-U teams for a total of 24 regular-season games and four playoff games. In one of his favorite memories as a Jr. Sabre, Kraws and his 16U team made it to the state championship, where he said the experience was beneficial for him as a player. The 6’2’’, 159 pound, goalie also represented USA during the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial in his first overseas experience.

“The experience was a lot of fun and the culture over there was incredible,” Kraws said. “It was the same style of play, but it was a very different atmosphere. There were a lot of people and it was so loud.”

Kraws also had another memorable experience when he participated in the All-American Prospects Game in September. As a Buffalo resident, he was able to have family and friends come watch him when he played at KeyBank Center.

Looking ahead to his future, Kraws has already committed to Division I Miami University of Ohio. The feeling of brotherhood, along with the strong business program the school offers, is what Kraws credited to helping him make the decision.

As Kraws moves onto the USHL and away from the Jr. Sabres, he reflected back on all the people that have helped him through the early parts of his career.

“Thank you to everyone in Buffalo who helped me along the way especially Coach Peca and my goalie coaches.”

Good luck to Ben!

Buffalo Junior Sabres 20u Team
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In the last 40 years, young hockey players from across the United States and Canada have become better athletes and stronger young men by playing for the Buffalo Junior Sabres organization.

A new chapter was recently born when the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association took control of the Junior Sabres. They raised the bar when they chose to partner the Junior Sabres with the Academy of Hockey so young hockey players could learn from NHL Alumni what it takes to excel on and off the ice.

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