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Sabres notebook: Adams becomes Jr. Sabres president

The Buffalo Jr. Sabres continued to build its status as an elite youth hockey organization with a series of recent announcements.

The organization will partner with the Academy of Hockey with director Kevyn Adams being named the President of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres. Adams will be in charge of daily operations. Larry Playfair will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors for the Jr. Sabres.

Playfair will also continue his role as president and governor of the 20-and-under team in the Junior A Ontario Junior Hockey League. Michael Peca will serve as alternate governor. John Tucker, the current head coach for the team, was named general manager and Charlie Mendola assistant general manager.

Additionally, the organization will expand to the squirt level with teams in the 9U and 10U age groups for the 2016-17 season.

The partnership with the Academy of Hockey will allow each Jr. Sabres team to increase its average ice schedule to three weekday practices, including skill development sessions along with weekend games. Teams will also work more closely with the staff at IMPACT Sports Performance to enhance off-ice training.

“I am very excited to extend the Academy of Hockey philosophy to the Jr. Sabres organization,” Adams said in a press release from the organization. “Our goal is to accelerate the development of these young players, helping them to reach their highest potential. … A structured curriculum and focused development progression are keys to long-term success and our staff looks forward to the opportunity to work with these players on a consistent basis.”

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The Sabres are holding a game-worn jersey auction on auction.NHL.com through 9 p.m. on Jan. 27. Jerseys available include the first set of game-worn road jerseys for the 2015-16 season. Included in the set is Jack Eichel’s first NHL road jersey with patch included on the jersey to commemorate his first NHL road game.

Proceeds benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.

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The 12th annual Sabres Alumni Wine Festival will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 at First Niagara Center. The Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association event features wineries and restaurants from Buffalo and Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Fans can sample wine and food from Western New York and Southern Ontario while socializing with Sabres alumni and their wives. The event includes music, auctions and raffles with proceeds going to breast cancer care in Western New York.

Tickets are $75 with complimentary parking in the ramp adjacent to the arena and are available at Sabres.com/winefest, the First Niagara Center Box Office or by calling Nick Fearby at 855-4453.

Attendees are asked to dress in business attire.

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Mike Weber, Mark Pysyk and Robin Lehner, along with Sabres alumnus Marty Biron, will participate in the Bald for Bucks program to raise money for Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The four will shave their heads on Saturday, Feb. 20 at First Niagara Center. The event is open to the public.

Fans who donate $25 or more will receive an exclusive Buffalo Sabre Bald for Bucks t-shirt. To donate and for more information visit sabres.com/baldforbucks.

email: amoritz@buffnews.com