History of Our Organization

The building blocks of our tradition and the people who make up the Buffalo Junior Sabres

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Five years after Buffalo received their very own National Hockey League franchise, the love for hockey extended itself to the New York-Pennsylvania Major Hockey League with the establishment of the Buffalo Junior Sabres, formerly the West Seneca Cougars.

The team’s journey to the Ontario Junior Hockey League continued when they left the New York-Penn MHL to rotate between the Western New York Junior Hockey League, the North American Hockey League and the Golden Horseshoe Junior B Hockey League.

After briefly suspending operations, the team began operating as the Niagara Scenic for ten seasons, rotating between the NAHL, Eastern Junior Hockey League, Metro Junior A Hockey League, and finally landing in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League, the now OJHL, where they changed their name again to the Buffalo Lightning.

In 2005, the NHL Buffalo Sabres stepped in to influence the final name change, restoring the Junior Sabres and their blue and gold uniforms. Three years later, the NHL franchise and their respective Alumni Association purchased the Junior Sabres and elected Larry Playfair as Team President.

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Today, the Junior Sabres are lead by NHL alumnus and Western New York native, Kevyn Adams.

In their 40 year history, several Buffalo Sabres Alumni have coached the Junior Sabres to victory. Former staff has included the likes of Larry Playfair, Michael Peca, John Tucker, Andrew Peters, Larry Mickey, Jim Lorentz, Morris Titanic and Grant Ledyard. Even more exciting, the Buffalo Junior Sabres have sent over 250 players to play at the collegiate level, and the following players to be drafted by the National Hockey League:

NHL Alumni

Aaron Miller
Ryan Callahan
Jeff Farkas
Todd Krygier
Mark McCutcheon

Adam Bartell
Mike Posma
Dan McFall
Tony Tuzzolino
Lee Stempniak

Terry Marchant
Bob Beers
Brian Glynn
Rob Peters
Brian Lukowski

Shane Sims
Sean Fitzgerald
Chris Panek
Dennis Gilbert

Junior Sabres Alumnus

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Notable Franchise Alumni

Since the mid 1970s, Western New York and the Buffalo Junior Sabres have offered elite amateur hockey players the opportunity to develop their skills and advance to higher levels of hockey.

Hundreds of players who played for the Junior Sabres franchise throughout its history (including the Niagara Scenic and Buffalo Lightning eras) have moved on to college hockey at either NCAA Division I or Division III.

As of July 2015, a total of 18 Junior Sabres alumni have been drafted by NHL clubs. Those chosen few have not only been selected by teams but have thrived in the league, including Stanley Cup championships. Combined, Junior Sabres alumni have appeared in more than 3,600 NHL games.

Below is a listing of alumni who advanced to college hockey.  Those highlighted among them were also drafted by teams in the National Hockey League.

* DRAFTED INTO NHL  |  ** FIRST-ROUND NHL DRAFT CHOICE  |  *** USA WORLD JUNIOR TEAM  |  + U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM

Notable Franchise Alumni (A-G)

AIR FORCE ACADEMY 
Lenny DeFazio, Tony DaCosta

ALABAMA – HUNTSVILLE 
Rick Julyia

ALASKA – FAIRBANKS 
Rob Duke

AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE
Neil Sullivan

AMHERST COLLEGE
Kevin English

ARMY 
Matt Quinn, Bob Mansell, Ron Adimey, Mike Mansell, Don Sisson, Parker Gahagen

BABSON 
Chris Rozanski

BECKER COLLEGE 
Harrison Welch

BOSTON COLLEGE 
JEFF FARKAS***, BRIAN GIONTA*** +

BROCKPORT STATE 
Ron Cappellazzo, Nick Fattey, Mike Utzig, Brian Tefft, David Braunstein, John Braunstein, Geoff Schweikhard, Alexander Pelligra, Nicholas Panepinto, Chris Luker, Dylan Howatt, Nathan Pelligra

BROWN 
Les Rechan, Mark Rechan, Mike Rechan

BUFFALO STATE COLLEGE 
Henry Jurek, Cory Waszkielewicz, Mike DeMarco, Brian Janke, Kevin Kozlowski, Clayton Lewis, Ryan Conroy, Kyle Gunn-Taylor, Mario Cote, Kyle Granville, Matt Bessing, James Durham, Nick Melligan, Zaid Hussein

UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO (SUNY) 
John Elphick, John McFall, Phil Mann, Jim Mourgas, Rick Weislo, Joel Morawski, Cory Waszkielewicz (transferred from Buffalo State College)

CANISIUS 
Fred Korey, Bob Rosen, Greg Keller, Chuck Lamarca, Mike Sisti, Tony Zeniuk, Grant Hanley, Dave Gotham, Joe Aquino, John Russell, Robert Carroll, Jon Braun, Mike Scheu, Christopher Barrea, Matt Grazen, Josh Kielich, Ryan Schmelzer, Nolan Sheeran

CASTLETON STATE COLLEGE 
Andrew Brolsma

CLARKSON 
Deron Bauer, Joe Loftus, Tony Calandra, TODD MARCHANT*+, Kerry Blanchard, Jeremiah Crowe

COLBY COLLEGE 
Eric Simmons

COLGATE 
Ken Baker

CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
Mason Evans

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
TODD KRYGIER
*, Tom Janosz

CORNELL 
Al Laventure, Tim Rice, Jason Kuczmanski, MARK McCUTCHEON*

CORTLAND STATE
Scott Stelmach, Rich Glica, Dan Barwicki, Chris Rurak, Joel Zangara, Nick Catanzaro, Robert Podlucky, Mike Maier (transferred from Niagara), Chris Kaleta, A.J. Moyer, Darren McCormick

CURRY COLLEGE 
Derek Mohney

DARTMOUTH 
LEE STEMPNIAK*, Mike Devine

ELMIRA 
Mike Bycina, Terry Dixon, Jeff Helenbrook, Tim Johnson, Norm Wachowiak, Sal Capizzi, Tom Moses, Pete Feola, Justin Siebold, Rick Lynch, Matty Owczarczak

FERRIS STATE 
Marc Farrell

FRANKLIN PIERCE
Andy Tinti, Jay Stempniak (transferred from Johnson & Wales)

FREDONIA STATE 
Ron Targaszewski, Steve Clark, Mark Jarmusz, Paul Murdoch, Nick Fattey (transferred from SUNY Brockport), Marc Fattey, Mike Smietana, Matt Hart, Doug Florkowski, Tyler Matecki, Darrin trebes

GENESEO STATE 
Mark Chait, Aaron Coleman, Mike Drezek, Matt English, Dan Maynard, Jon Campbell, Jason Kuczmanski (transferred from Cornell), Jeff Kuczmanski, Tom Metzger, Manny Hawkins, Matt Greene, John Gamble, Eric Cooper, Mark Chowaniec, Mike Peters, Anthony Scorsone, Jack Staley, Nick Ryan, Dennis Playfair

GUSTAVUS 
Joshua Leal

Notable Franchise Alumni (H-O)

HAMILTON COLLEGE 
Pat Murphy, John Duke, Joe Baudo, Chris Baudo, Matt Mesi

HARVARD 
Nick Carone, Greg Gicewicz

HOLY CROSS COLLEGE 
Matt McGirr, John Bombard, Tom Pawlak

IONA 
John Balogh, Joe Cipriani

JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY 
Jay Stempniak

LAKE SUPERIOR STATE 
BRIAN LUKOWSKI*, TERRY MARCHANT*

LEBANON VALLEY COLLEGE 
Matt Terreri

MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE 
Aaron Wallace, Jay Chrapala

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS – LOWELL (formerly UNIVERSITY OF LOWELL) 
Mike Opre, Tim Smallwood, Michael Scheu

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE 
BOB BEERS*

MERCYHURST 
Kevin Ayer

MERRIMACK COLLEGE 
Teal Fowler, Jason Wolfe, David Burkholder

MIAMI UNIVERSITY (OHIO)
Brian Stancampiano, Joe Tonnello, Joe Silverstre, Jim McCarthy, John Lenz, KEVYN ADAMS**

MICHIGAN STATE 
Dave Arkeilpane, DAN McFALL*, TONY TUZZOLINO*, Justin Hoomaian

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN 
Peter Mason, John Hawkins, Frank Downing Jr.

MICHIGAN TECH 
John Fields

MILWAUKEE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING 
Mike Jantzi, Chris Keller

MINNESOTA DULUTH 
BRIAN GLYNN*

NAZARETH COLLEGE
David Seward

NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE 
Kyle Kozlowski

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 
Paul Kashmanian

NEW HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE 
Corey Lessard

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY 
Jay Kasperek, Aaron Mierzwa, John Maksymiu, Rob Bumbaco, Pat Oliveto, Allen Barton, Jason Jones, Mike Maier, Kyle Rogers, Chris Moran, Dan Baco, Tyler Matthews, Michael Benedict

NICHOLS COLLEGE
Nick Unger

NIPISSING UNIVERSITY
Tyler Gjurich

NORTHEASTERN 
Jeff DePerio, Scott Campbell, Chris Bombard

NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY 
Jay Maciejewski

NOTRE DAME 
Mark Murnane

OHIO STATE 
Keith Rathbun, ROB PETERS*, SHANE SIMS*, Brendan Arniel

OSWEGO STATE 
Tom McFall, SEAN FITZGERALD*,Sean Green, John Staerker, Alan Heerdt, Mark Pienta, Kurt Schwenk, Mike Wachowiak, Joe Murphy, Kevin Weber, Frank Tobias, Bo Tucker, Rob Madia, John Stringfellow, Amel Paolucci, Nathan Zurek, Todd Griffin, Matt Juneau, Matt Michaud, Paul Mueller, David Perona, Ryan Scott, Kyle Gunn-Taylor (transferred from Buffalo State), Garren Reisweber, Mike Gilchrist, Sean Federow

Notable Franchise Alumni (P-W)

PLATTSBURGH STATE 
Lou Martin, Herb Streng, CHRIS PANEK*, Chris Fess, Mickey Gebo, Pat O’Neil, Tim McNeil, T. J. Cooper, Michael Cassidy

POTSDAM 
Josh Brosell, Max Fogel

PRINCETON 
Chris DeFazio, Dave Downing

QUEENS UNIVERSITY (ONTARIO) 
Steele De Fazio

RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE
ADAM BARTELL*, Kevin Kurk

ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY 
Jamie Flury

ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Brian Hall, Bob Carello, Charlie Mendola, Pat Staerker, Brent Alexin, Max Mikowski

SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY
Neil McKenney, John Shook

SKIDMORE 
Lou Almond

ST. BONAVENTURE 
Jeff Bartkowiak, Joe Puglisi

ST. LAWRENCE 
Dave Thrun

ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE
Ryan Conroy (transferred from Buffalo State)

UTICA COLLEGE 
Jeff Mohney, Trent Flory, Shane Presley, Josh Schmitt, David Burkholder (transferred from Merrimack), Steve Zappia, Kollin Schultz, Nick Desimone

VERMONT 
Jeff Schulman, AARON MILLER*+, Matt Syroczynski

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY 
Adam Drescher

WESTERN MICHIGAN 
Andy Atkinson, MIKE POSMA*, Steve Duke, Kevin O’Connor

WESTFIELD STATE COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY 
Dave Ciminelli

WILLIAMS 
Ken Settles, John Kulpa

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – EAU CLAIRE 
Ross Janecyk

WORCESTER STATE COLLEGE 
Connor Deubell, Barry Cassevoy, Brian Goodness, Bryan Kalczynski

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