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Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges, baseball and hockey for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master's degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed an Ironman along with numerous marathons and half marathons.

She remembers Draft Day like it was yesterday. That June day in 1998 in Buffalo at what was then called Marine Midland Arena. Brian Gionta wasn't supposed to make the NHL but there he was, being drafted by the New Jersey Devils. Harvest was there that day. She's been there every day during her husband's hockey career. Monday night in KeyBank Center it was as much a cele…

It's a phrase that's been echoed around the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room all season to describe captain Brian Gionta. "He's the only guy that's won," they say. In 2003 Gionta won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils. Monday night he will play in his 1,000th National Hockey League game. He's been captain of the storied Montreal Canadiens franchise and found his w…

The fight between USA Hockey and the members of the senior women's national team took another plot twist late Thursday as the national governing body reportedly started contacting potential replacement players for the upcoming world championships. The national team players and USA Hockey have been negotiating their new deal for months. Players are looking for improvemen…

Sometimes players can learn a lot by sitting out and watching the game. They see things from a different perspective. They see different angles. But what they see from the press box isn’t what they can see on the ice. So the new view isn’t as helpful as one might think. “You get a different perspective watching,” said Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo, who …

William Carrier was his own worst enemy. The 22-year-old forward was experiencing pain in his knee. But he kept playing until it was so bad, he had to sit out. It was only supposed to be a few days, but it turned into a longer stint on the injury list. Then he tried to come back early, skating a bit too hard on his own. Cue the setback. Now, after missing 24 games…

Canisius goaltender Charles Williams was named one of five finalists for the Mike Richter Award on Thursday. The award is given annually to the most outstanding goalie in NCAA men's hockey. The 10 semifinalists, five finalists and winner are selected by a committee of coaches, scouts and members of the media. The fourth annual award will be presented at the Men’s Froz…

Rasmus Ristolainen was given a three-game suspension, announced by NHL Player Safety, for his hit on on Pittsburgh forward Jake Guentzel in Tuesday's game in KeyBank Center. NHL Player Safety released its video three hours later. "Guentzel never touches the puck and is not eligible to be checked in any manner," the video says. "And while Ristolainen reasonably assumes…

With three days between games, including an off-day on Wednesday, the Buffalo Sabres reassigned three players to Rochester. Forward Justin Bailey and defensemen Brady Austin and Casey Nelson were sent to the Amerks. Bailey has two goals and two assists in 32 games with the Sabres this season. He was on his fourth recall of the season. Austin made his NHL debut in …

The best way Brady Austin could describe his first NHL game was "surreal." It was, after all, the moment the 23-year old had been working toward his entire life. This was the goal from the time he put on skates and picked up a stick -- to play in the National Hockey League. For Austin, the experience had an extra bit of interest. His first NHL game was against Detroi…

Rasmus Ristolainen will have his day with the National Hockey League's discipline police. The Buffalo Sabres defenseman will have a hearing on Thursday in regards to his interference hit on Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel during the first period of Tuesday's 3-1 Penguins win in KeyBank Center. Ristolainen was called for a five-minute major and given a game misconduct at 8…

There will always be gratitude for Buffalo from Chad Ruhwedel. The defenseman signed as an undrafted free agent with the Sabres after three seasons of college hockey with UMass-Lowell. He found success in the American Hockey League but a healthy Sabres’ blue line kept him in Rochester. After four seasons in the Sabres’ organization and just 33 NHL games he was read…

After playing in Detroit Monday night and grabbing a 2-1 win their final game in Joe Louis Arena, the Buffalo Sabres did not have a morning skate Tuesday before hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins in KeyBank Center. Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma will meet with the media around 4:30 in advance of the 7 p.m. game. In the meantime, here's a five things to set the stage for the …

The game had all the atmosphere of the public library. Check that. Rochester's public library probably had more atmosphere than Blue Cross Arena did on Friday when Canisius and Robert Morris played in the semifinals of the Atlantic Hockey tournament. The official attendance was 200 and I'm guessing that included members of both bands. The other semifinal between Army We…

Playoffs begin this week for all three major-junior leagues in the Canadian Hockey League. In the Western Hockey League, prospects Giorgio Estephan and Brandon Hagel will face off when Lethbridge and Red Deer meet in the best-of-seven first-round series. The Ontario Hockey League has one game left in the regular season on Tuesday but both Austin Osmanski (Mississauga St…