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West Seneca West, Lancaster Football Honor Perillo in Alumni Night Game

West Seneca West, Lancaster Football Honor Perillo in Alumni Night Game

West Seneca West’s football program takes pride in recognizing some of its most memorable alumni each fall.  But one special honoree is selected for recognition at the annual Alumni Night game.

West Senior will honor Matt Perillo at this year’s Alumni Night, set for Friday, Sept. 7, when West’s Indians take on the Lancaster Redskins. Perillo, a 1983 West graduate, was a high school football and basketball official for Section VI prior to having his lower legs amputated after he became ill with septicemia, a blood disease caused by bacteria.

Now a Lancaster resident, Perillo was an easy choice as this year’s Alumni Night honoree, according to West varsity football coach Joe Cantafio.

 “Matt was without a doubt one of the best officials in Section VI in my mind,” Cantafio said. “He truly is a great inspiration, and I can’t think of a better alumnus to dedicate this year’s Alumni Night to.”

Buffalo Junior Sabres Announce Tryouts for 2012-13 OJHL Season

Buffalo Junior Sabres Announce Tryouts for 2012-13 OJHL Season

(Amherst, NY) – The Buffalo Junior Sabres will start their preparations for the 2012-13 Ontario Junior Hockey League season by hosting tryouts, which begin the weekend of April 21 and 22, 2012.

Tryouts will be held at the Northtown Center at Amherst, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive.  Space will be limited.  Interested players should visit the team’s official website, www.buffalojuniorsabres.com, for instructions and to download a copy of the tryout application.

The Junior Sabres, operated by members of the Buffalo Sabres Alumni, will be led by head coach and general manager Michael Peca in the 2012-13 season.

Founded in 1975, the Junior Sabres organization develops elite level players for consideration by higher-level hockey programs, most notably NCAA college hockey.  Three players from the 2011-12 roster have verbally committed to NCAA Division-I programs.

Buffalo Stars Hockey to Host Labor Day Tournament

Buffalo Stars Hockey to Host Labor Day Tournament

The arrival of Labor Day Weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, and for the Buffalo Stars and other amateur teams it means the arrival of hockey season.  The 2011-2012 hockey season officially begins for the Buffalo Stars this weekend as they play host to the 10th Annual Greater Buffalo Labor Day Shootout at Holiday Twin Rinks in Cheektowaga and Leisure Rinks in Orchard Park.

Buffalo Stars Junior Hockey Heads to Lake Placid

Buffalo Stars Junior Hockey Heads to Lake Placid

(August 25, 2011) - The Buffalo Stars Junior Hockey Club, members of the Empire Junior Hockey League, will depart early Friday morning for a weekend pre-season training trip that includes a stop on the same ice where the "Miracle On Ice" happened 31 years ago.

The Stars, which compete at the Junior B level (players are ages 16 to 20 and are candidates for advancement to higher levels of competitive hockey), will first play in an enhibition game against the Syracuse Stars Friday in Cicero, New York.  Next, they'll head to Oswego State University for a "Q & A" session with the school's hockey coaches. 

Then, it's training time both on the ice and off at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid.  They'll work out on the same ice where Team USA shocked the world with an upset win over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics, followed days later by a gold-medal clinching win over Finland on the same rink.