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Dennis Gilbert has become the latest Buffalo native to play in an NHL game. Gilbert, a 22-year-old graduate of St. Joe’s, was recalled from Rockford by the Chicago Blackhawks and made his debut Wednesday night against the St. Louis Blues. Wearing No. 39, Gilbert played 12 minutes, 46 seconds on defense and had a two-minute minor penalty. The Blackhawks beat the Blues in …

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There are teams that are completely organized, there are teams where you sometimes wonder what they're up to and then there are the Carolina Hurricanes. What in the world is up with these guys? New owner Tom Dundon and new coach Rod Brind'Amour are not distinguishing themselves this season. Same for General Manager Don Waddell. The Canes' playoff drought stretches to…

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Rewind the clocks 10 years. I'm behind the wheel with smelly hockey equipment in the back seat and my 11-year-old, Sabres-loving, hockey-playing son in the front. It was the same year Buffalo became the first team to miss the playoffs after reaching the conference finals in consecutive seasons. We were driving home from a spring clinic at Hockey Outlet when he started t…

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Dennis Gilbert is ready to start his professional hockey career. The Buffalo native has signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, who selected him in the third round of the 2015 NHL Draft. The defenseman will immediately join the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Gilbert recently completed his junior year at Notre Dame. He had four goals…

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Former St. Joe’s Marauders defenseman Dennis Gilbert and Notre Dame men’s hockey will play for an NCAA national title tonight at XCel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. The Fighting Irish, gunning for their first championship, face Minnesota Duluth at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. Notre Dame, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, defeated Michigan 4-3 in Thursday’s semifinal thanks to a…

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As Pat Veltri bounds toward his sliding porch door, his father, Patrick, advises to wear a seatbelt. There’s a slight drop-off awaiting the motorized wheelchair in which Veltri sits, its six wheels and burnt orange rims gliding across the hardwood floor with the tilt of a black joystick, but Veltri brushes aside his father’s safety request. Veltri has used some type of …