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Sabres' training camp to start Sept. 23, with all sessions in HarborCenter

The Sabres have used HarborCenter for practices, development camp and prospect challenges. This month, Buffalo will use the building to host training camp.

The Sabres announced the dates and times for their opening week of training camp Friday, and the warmup to the 2016-17 season will begin Sept. 22 with physicals. The on-ice workouts open to the public will begin Sept. 23, and for the first time all the skating will be done in HarborCenter rather than KeyBank Center. The twin-rink complex will allow multiple groups to go on the ice at the same time.

The schedule:

Sept. 23 – Session one: 9 – 9:45 a.m. (New Wave Energy Rink); scrimmage: 9:50 – 10:35 a.m. (First Niagara Rink); session two: 10:40 – 11:25 a.m. (New Wave Energy Rink); session three: 12:50 – 2 p.m. (First Niagara Rink).

Sept. 24 – Session one: 9 – 9:45 a.m. (New Wave Energy Rink); scrimmage: 9:50 – 10:35 a.m. (First Niagara Rink); session two: 10:40 – 11:25 a.m. (New Wave Energy Rink); session three: 12:50 – 2 p.m. (First Niagara Rink).

Sept. 25 – Session one: 9 – 9:45 a.m. (New Wave Energy Rink); scrimmage: 9:50 – 10:35 a.m. (First Niagara Rink); session two: 10:40 – 11:25 a.m. (New Wave Energy Rink); session three: 12:50 – 2 p.m. (First Niagara Rink)

Buffalo’s first preseason game is Sept. 26 against Minnesota in Pegula Ice Arena on the Penn State campus.

The Sabres are expecting 55 players in camp, with 32 forwards, 18 defensemen and five goaltenders. The full roster is available by clicking the following link buffalo-sabres-2016-training-camp-roster. New defenseman Dmitry Kulikov will wear No. 77, while new backup goalie Anders Nilsson is No. 31. Holdover defenseman Cody Franson is switching from 46 to No. 6.

In other news, the Sabres have formally announced the promotion of Michael Gilbert. The former vice president of public and community relations has been serving as the Sabres’ vice president of administration and general manager of HarborCenter since the spring. Gilbert handles the daily administrative activities of the Sabres’ organization and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of HarborCenter and its related properties.

Chris Bandura, the Sabres’ director of media relations, is the primary media contact for the hockey team and the Bandits lacrosse organization. He will oversee all communications for both teams.

Rob Crean, meanwhile, is leaving his position as director of community relations with the Rochester Americans to become the Sabres' director of the world junior championship. Buffalo is hosting the tournament in 2018, and Crean will be the main liaison between the team and USA Hockey in the planning of the event.

Don Heins, previously the communications manager for HarborCenter, has been promoted to communications manager for Pegula Sports and Entertainment.

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