Sabres plan summer camp
The Buffalo Sabres will hold their summer development camp from July 5-10 at Niagara University's Dwyer Arena, the team announced Monday. The public will be allowed to watch an on-ice session each day.
The camp will feature more than 35 Sabres prospects. The roster won't be announced until a later date but the team's 2011 NHL Draft picks are scheduled to attend the six-day camp.
The players will take part in both on-ice and off-ice workouts designed to give prospects the fundamentals of the Sabres' system. They will also learn the conditioning programs of an NHL player, NHL rules and the techniques for becoming a professional athlete.
In other hockey news, 41-year-old defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom has signed a one-year, $6.2 million contract to play a 21st season with the Detroit Red Wings. He is a finalist for the 11th time in 13 years for the Norris Trophy (best defenseman), which will be awarded Wednesday.
Several Canadian news outlets are reporting that Craig Ramsay will not coach the team in Winnipeg. He coached the Atlanta Thrashers for one season before the franchise relocated. TSN is reporting the league salary cap will expand by nearly $5 million, to $64 million with a minimum of $48 million. The South Florida Sun Sentinal is reporting that South Buffalo native Tim Kennedy has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Florida Panthers. Other terms were not announced.
Busy night for trotters
Six divisions in the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters are on the 13-race card Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway, starting at 6:30 p.m. Total purses of more than $150,000 will be on the line.
Four of the seven entrants in the featured eighth race already have captured Sire Stakes victories this season. Trainer Ray Schnittker's Whitewater Rapids and Dream Lake for owner-trainer Don Wiest took their divisions at Monticello. While Sing Out from the George Teague barn and Petruchio trained by Linda Toscano won at Yonkers last week.
In the fourth race, start of the mid-double, Major Skirmish for trainer-driver Dan Daley will look to recapture the form he had at Buffalo as a 2-year-old when he finished second, his best of the year. Also in the fourth is All In Tad who has two second places in NYSS this year.
The fifth race, the second half of the mid-double, has a pair of locally trained horses. Turtle Express, trained by Bobbi Martin, and Serious George, from the Rich Mays stable, will look for some home track advantage. The Credit Winner colt Keenan who has taken each of his two NYSS divisions drew the far outside 7 hole.
The three other divisions are carded as races 2, 7, and 10.
Brittany Parker, who was an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Fayetteville State (N.C.) the last two years, has been added to coach Kendra Faustin's Niagara University women's basketball coaching staff. The Waterbury, Conn., native, was a four-year member of the women's team at Division II St. Augustine's (N.C.).
Erie Community College men's basketball player God's Gift Achiuwa was an honorable mention selection to the national Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administration Scholar-Athlete Award. Award winners Allyn Parrino of Monroe CC and Chris Soenksen of Iowa Western CC were honored at the NATYCAA convention last week.
From News staff and wire reports.