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Amy Moritz

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.


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BOSTON – Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel left the game against the Boston Bruins in TD Garden with 6:52 left in the first period. Eichel went behind the net to play the puck, but his right leg folded awkwardly underneath him as Matt Grzelcyk closed in. Eichel could not put weight on his right leg as he skated off into the dressing room. http://buffalonews.com/2018…

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BOSTON – Perhaps there would be some extra motivation to play well Saturday night. There's always that possibility when your dad is the stands and has been following you around for two days. And the Buffalo Sabres are overturning every nook and cranny to find, and sustain, motivation. "I hope it will," Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson said of the team getting extra motiva…

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BOSTON — The Buffalo Sabres have their parents and various family members in Boston for tonight's meeting the with the Bruins at 7 p.m. in TD Garden. The Sabres are looking to build off Thursday's 4-3 win over the New York Islanders  and are playing their first road game since winning three straight out west (Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver). Here's what you need to know for …

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It started the way these things usually do -- a bunch of guys talking at a race, sharing their running stories and laughing a lot. Brothers Bill and Glen Zdon met Sean Johnson at the Grand Island Half Marathon and had a blast talking about their training. Johnson had experience in the podcasting realm and so the trio decided to create their own show featuring their frie…

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In all honesty, it's not the most exciting destination for the annual parents' trip for Jack Eichel. After all, he's from Boston. So he and his dad will just be going home. But it's not so much about the location as it is about the time spent together. Over the last decade, NHL teams have developed the custom of the "parents' trip" where fathers, mothers, and other i…

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It's become one of the most-asked questions around the U.S. women's hockey team – how do you parlay beating Canada in the World Championships into winning an Olympic gold medal? The World Championships are held every year other than Olympic years, and the U.S. has won eight of the past 10, including the last five in a row. But after winning the inaugural Olympic tour…

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Evan Rodrigues wanted to keep things simple, win his battles and get to the front of the net. Thursday night, he did that. And got rewarded. Rodrigues had a goal and an assist as the Buffalo Sabres pulled out a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders in KeyBank Center. It was a sparkling debut for the new line which reunited Rodrigues (left wing) and Jack Eichel (cent…

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One of the joys for Brian Gionta has been watching the growing excitement of his three children as the Olympic Games get closer. They got the kids USA Hockey jerseys for Christmas, although his youngest, 5-year-old James, is still adjusting to the fact that dad is the captain of Team USA and not the Buffalo Sabres. "Our youngest is 5 and he still sees the Sabres on T…

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It is never easy to be the father of a 3-year-old. But it can be a bit more trying when work keeps you traveling. Ryan Miller has found that out. He's finishing a five-game road trip on the East Coast for the Anaheim Ducks, and his son, Bodhi, hasn't been pleased with his absence. Seems the precocious kid already knows how to utilize the unreliability of cross-country c…

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The Buffalo Sabres have been stuck on 999 all-time regular season wins at home for, well, four games now. The Sabres last won at home on Jan. 11, a 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. They will try for franchise win 1,000 on home ice, again, on Tuesday when they host the Anaheim Ducks in KeyBank Center at 7 p.m. Granted, the team has just 14 wins overall this yea…

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As a child, Ryan O'Reilly learned that hockey was an inclusive sport. He had to. Mom said he had to include everyone when they played. And she meant everyone. While O'Reilly grew up in the small town of Brucefield, Ont., with his four siblings, his parents, Bonnie and Brian, welcomed foster children into their home. Regardless of their background, they were part o…

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Everything about this season has been frustrating for Nathan Beaulieu. Injury and illness have kept him out of the lineup more often than at any other point in his career. And when he has been on the ice, well, he's not contributing to the Buffalo Sabres blueline the way he intended to. Beaulieu returned to the Sabres lineup Saturday after his latest injury, official…

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Chad Johnson is still looking for a win in KeyBank Center. The Buffalo Sabres backup goaltender has just two wins in 18 appearances this season and both of those have been on the road. He took his ninth loss of the season Thursday as the Florida Panthers earned the 4-2 win over the Sabres. Johnson gave up all four goals on 32 shots. including two on the power play in…

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Thursday opened the monthlong celebration of "Hockey Is For Everyone" sponsored by the NHL, the NHL Players' Association, and all 31 member teams. The annual campaign focuses on awareness and activities that celebrate all people who play or watch hockey, including fans of every race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, socioeconom…

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On Friday, Brian Gionta will be suiting up in the red, white and blue for the Rochester Americans. Twelve days later, he'll be wearing the red, white and blue for Team USA. Gionta, a Rochester native and former Buffalo Sabres captain, will be playing for the Amerks Friday night as they host the Toronto Marlies at 7 p.m. in Blue Cross Arena. "Basically it's somethi…