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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…

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OTTAWA – In the bowels of Canadian Tire Centre late Tuesday afternoon, assistant coach Steve Smith retrieved Will Borgen from an adjacent room and turned the hallway outside the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room into a makeshift classroom. With only a few hours to prepare Borgen for his NHL debut against the Ottawa Senators, Smith set a white board on top of a high-seated s…

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The Sabres have recalled defenseman Will Borgen from the Rochester Americans, the team announced Tuesday. Borgen, in his first pro season, joins the Sabres for the first time after spending 74 career games with the Amerks. He has 12 points (two goals and 10 assists) in 66 games this season. Borgen will make his NHL debut Tuesday night in Ottawa because Rasmus Ristola…

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Will Borgen is, as Amerks coach Chris Taylor said, “a laid back guy” off the ice. He’s quiet and keeps to himself. So it’s “weird,” Taylor said, the way the light switch sort of goes on when the defenseman is on the ice. The fresh cut on Borgen’s nose Saturday morning after the Sabres prospects took part in an optional morning skate is evidence of the type of person …

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We've read all the scouting reports, seen all the development camp practices and plenty of the late August and early September skates and shinny sessions. Everybody has an opinion on Rasmus Dahlin. But there was only one person in the packed KeyBank Rink at HarborCenter that had the closest view of the No. 1 overall pick/Sabres franchise savior on Friday night, the firs…

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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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TORONTO – St. Cloud State defenseman Will Borgen, whose top-seeded team was upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, has signed his three-year entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres and will immediately report to the Rochester Amerks. Borgen, 21, will head to the AHL on an amateur tryout offer and his ELC will kick in for the 2018-19 season. It w…

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The Buffalo Sabres are playing out the string to this season, but next year – and beyond – is already front and center for General Manager Jason Botterill. Botterill was in the house Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D., for one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history as Atlantic Hockey champion Air Force became just the second No. 16 seed to beat the overall No. 1 with…

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While the best teenagers on the planet were playing for the World Junior Championship in Buffalo, USA Hockey was putting the final touches on its Olympic roster. When the National Hockey League decided to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, USA Hockey knew that there would be 25 great stories when it unveiled its roster. Two of those stories have Buffalo connection…