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Jack Goods

Jack Goods has covered the Bills, Sabres, Bandits and college sports for The Buffalo News. He is a graduate of Marquette University.


Bills

You can count Thurman Thomas among those upset with Terrell Owens' decision to skip the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony. "I'm a little ticked off that he's not coming," the Hall of Fame Buffalo Bills running back said Saturday morning at the Buffalo-based Professional Football Researchers Association Convention in the Buffalo History Museum auditorium. "…

Bills

Fred Jackson has found the perfect way to turn back the clock. The beloved former Buffalo Bills running back is showing off his old moves in the American Flag Football League, a newly-formed, 7-on-7 league that channels the playground style of the game kids grow up playing. The AFFL has given Jackson an opportunity to feed his competitive side, something he's craved …

Bandits

Buffalo Bandits forward Josh Byrne will achieve a lifelong dream on Friday. The young phenom will represent his home country of Canada and compete at the highest international level of the outdoor style of lacrosse, the 2018 World Lacrosse Championship, in Netanya, Israel. He – along with his 22 teammates – nearly didn't get the opportunity. Up until three weeks ago, it…

Bandits

The Buffalo Bandits are likely taking a page out of the National Hockey League's book when it comes to the National Lacrosse League expansion draft. The NLL's current nine franchises released their protected player lists Tuesday for the July 16 expansion draft. Buffalo's included one of the biggest surprises, as none of the team's three goaltenders, Alex Buque, Davide D…

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Tage Thompson can't even remember how many cities he's lived in over his 20 years. "I know my mom's tried to do the math," Thompson said. "That'd probably be a question for her." He moved around often growing up, following his father, Brent, as he pursued a career in the NHL and in coaching. Thompson had gone to nine schools by his junior year of high school. In the …

Bandits

Steve Dietrich is sticking around for at least one more year with the Buffalo Bandits. The former Hall of Fame goalkeeper will remain the Bandits general manager for the 2018-19 season, according to a release by the team. Dietrich has been the Bandits' general manager since July 2012, but he has had an up-and-down tenure. Buffalo peaked in 2016, when the Bandits made th…

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Five things to know about new Buffalo Sabres center Patrik Berglund, one of three players acquired from the St. Louis Blues in the Ryan O'Reilly trade: 1. He has three 20-goal seasons under his belt The most recent came two years ago, when he played in every Blues game and scored 23 times. The 30-year-old center was on a 20-goal pace last season but his campaign was …

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Five things to know about Tage Thompson, one of three players that the Buffalo Sabres acquired from the St. Louis Blues in the Ryan O'Reilly trade: 1. Last season was his first full year as a professional Thompson signed an entry-level deal with St. Louis last month after two seasons of college hockey at the University of Connecticut. The former first-round pick in 2…

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Here are five things to know about goalie Carter Hutton, who is now officially a member of the Buffalo Sabres: 1. He didn't make his NHL debut until he was 27. Hutton was at UMass Lowell for four years after going undrafted, then spent three seasons in the American Hockey League before making his NHL debut with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2012-13 season. He bec…

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Don't be surprised if you hear ABBA echoing from the Buffalo Sabres' locker room at development camp. Ten of the 42 prospects at HarborCenter this week are from Sweden, including this year's first-overall pick Rasmus Dahlin. That's without counting Mattias Samuelsson, who grew up in the U.S. while his Swedish-born father Kjell played in the NHL. "You can almost talk …

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Sabres defensive prospect Will Borgen's resume is striking for a player entering his first full professional season. He played three years of collegiate hockey at St. Cloud State, capped off by being named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference's best defensive defenseman as a junior. He made the U.S. roster for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang and notched three poin…

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Just standing next to Casey Mittelstadt, one can tell there's a difference. The forward is bigger than when we last saw him in Buffalo, making his NHL debut in the final six games of the Sabres' disastrous 2017-18 season. That's not a surprise since the weight room is where Mittelstadt's focus has been after a whirlwind season that included the Men's World Juniors, p…

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Five Things to Know about new Sabres defenseman Matt Hunwick: 1. Buffalo will be his sixth stop The 33-year-old defenseman has played for five NHL teams previously: the Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins. He was sixth among Pittsburgh defenseman in ice time last season, his only year with the Penguins, whi…

Adam Wilcox is staying in the Buffalo Sabres' organization after signing a one-year, American Hockey League contract with the Rochester Americans on Tuesday. Wilcox split goaltending duties in Rochester with Linus Ullmark last season, posting a 12-7-2 record, 2.79 goals against average and a .903 save percentage in 29 games. He made his NHL debut with the Sabres, his fa…

Bills

Surgery wasn't enough to keep Jim Kelly away from his annual football camp. The Hall of Fame quarterback was zooming around on a golf cart Monday at New Era Field, watching youth football players show off their skills only three days after being discharged from Mount Sinai West in New York City. "This is my life," said Kelly, who spoke publicly for the first time sin…