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Fresh off an appearance in Buffalo in the Frozen Four, Providence College defenseman Jacob Bryson has signed a three-year entry level contract with the Sabres. Bryson will sign an amateur tryout contract and report to the Rochester Americans, who begin preparations Wednesday for the first round of the American Hockey League playoffs. Game 1 against Toronto is Friday nig…

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Puck drop: 8 p.m. Saturday. TV/Radio: ESPN2/Westwood One Radio, SiriusXM College Sports Nation channel 84. Records: UMass 31-9-0, Minnesota Duluth 28-11-2. Coaches: Greg Carvel, eighth season, 139-136-22 (53-58-4 at UMass); Scott Sandelin, 19th season, 368-311-87 at UMD. Leading scorers: Cale Makar, a defenseman, leads UMass with 16 goals and 33 assists, and is…

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The taboo of college coaches making the jump directly to the NHL is slowly sliding away. It's probably overdue. It's been common for years in the NFL and NBA for college coaches to get a chance, even though the results at times have been middling at best, with coaches such as Nick Saban and John Calipari clearly better off in college. But others, such as Pete Carroll an…

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On an empty ice surface in Syosset, N.Y., Tyce and Tage Thompson faced each other in the same one-on-one brotherly competitions that take place on frozen ponds, dimly lit rinks and driveways across the globe. Their hockey games were far from typical, though. At the time, their father, Brent, was an assistant coach with the New York Islanders and a former NHL defenseman.…

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Three throwback events grace Buffalo's event calendar this weekend, highlighted by opportunities to revisit the '80s or romp around at a prom-like event. They both involve dressing up, just in two slightly different ways. For those more eager to live in the present, Friday is National Grilled Cheese Day, while the opening of developer Rocco Termini's Chandler Street pro…

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Puck drop: 5 p.m., Thursday TV/Radio: ESPN2/Westwood One Radio, SiriusXM College Sports Nation channel 84 Records: Providence 24-11-6; Minnesota Duluth 27-11-2 Coaches: Nate Leaman, 16th season, 314-227-73 (8th season, 176-100-38 at Providence); Scott Sandelin, 19th season, 367-311-87 at UMD Leading scorers: PC: F Josh Wilkins 19 goals-26 assists-45 points; F J…

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Todd McLellan was planning to be in Buffalo this week anyway. But what was slated to be a trip to watch his son, Tyson, play in the NCAA Frozen Four for the University of Denver has apparently become a business trip for Dad as well. Multiple sources say Todd McLellan, the former coach of the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers, is meeting with Sabres General Manager Jas…

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KeyBank Center is a familiar place to UMass coach Greg Carvel and he was in the building for some of the fiercest games the building has ever seen. Carvel, in his third season at UMass, was an assistant under Bryan Murray with the Ottawa Senators' during the height of the Sabres-Senators rivalry from 2005-2007. Speaking here Wednesday on the eve of his team's Frozen …

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Jacob Bryson participated in the Buffalo Sabres’ development camp at Harborcenter each of the last two summers, but he had never skated on the ice at KeyBank Center until Wednesday morning. That’s when the Providence College junior defenseman, a fourth-round pick (99th overall) by the Sabres in 2017, and his Friars teammates practiced for Thursday’s national semifinal g…

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The last time the NCAA Frozen Four was in Buffalo, an unheralded freshman from Austria became its breakout star, and set the stage for nine seasons with the Buffalo Sabres and more than 1,000 games in the NHL. Thomas Vanek, then 19 years old, led Minnesota to the 2003 NCAA title at then-HSBC Arena with a dramatic overtime goal over Michigan in the semifinals and by scor…

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The Buffalo Niagara region is no stranger to hosting major collegiate and amateur sporting events, including opening rounds of March Madness in the NCAA basketball tournament. That's why local officials had a simple message during a news conference Tuesday: We're ready. For the second time since 2003, Buffalo this weekend will be hosting the Frozen Four Division I co…

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The Frozen Four arrives in earnest in Buffalo on Thursday, as all four teams are scheduled for hourlong practices at KeyBank Center. The practice sessions are open to the public and tickets are not required. Here is the schedule: Providence: 11 a.m. to noon. Minnesota-Duluth: 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Massachussets: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Denver: 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. …

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Buffalo's refugee community is ripe with stories of courage, uncertainty, separation and freedom, and there's a desire for more of these journeys to be told, especially in light of legislation that tightens the reins on how many refugees and immigrants the City of Good Neighbors may accept. The News' long-read series "From Buffalo to Burma" is the most in-depth piece de…

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The NHL playoff race entered the final week of the season on Monday. Not in Buffalo, of course, where the Sabres are out of the hunt for the seventh straight year and will miss the postseason for the eighth season in a row. The Sabres are at the opposite end of the standings, where their collapse to the finish line could have direct correlation to their success in the N…

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UNIONDALE — It happened again to St. Cloud State on Friday. Sabres defenseman Will Borgen lived the nightmare in person last year. It seemed all too familiar watching on TV this time. There will be no Frozen Four trip to Buffalo for the No. 1 seed in the NCAA hockey tournament after St. Cloud State was upset by American International, 2-1, in the NCAA West Region semifi…