Tonawanda News

Sports

April 15, 2013

Locals compete in Sabres' showcase

Tonawanda News — BUFFALO — For the past nine years, amateur hockey season hasn't truly ended until the Bowman Cup. Last night inside the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, the Buffalo Sabres hosted their annual showcase which puts teams of Buffalo area prospects against a similar all-star compilation from the Rochester area.

For those selected to represent the Buffalo and Rochester areas on the ice at First Niagara Center on Monday night, there was a lot of pride at stake. Just ask the Buffalo high school senior team that routed their Rochester rivals, 9-0.

"It's a great honor to play in this game," said St. Joe's senior Zachary Klapp. "It's a special moment to play against the guys in Rochester. A lot of bragging rights are on the line here and of course you want to go out and win."

The Bowman Cup showcase features three games. In addition to the high school senior squads there are also squads made up of high school juniors and those playing in junior hockey or prep schools. For the older squads, especially the high school seniors and junior/prep players, it's also an important opportunity for many of these players to get noticed by teams already planning for next season.

A handful of scouts and coaches were in the seats watching players. Among them was Michael Peca, the former NHL star turned head coach and general manager of the Buffalo Junior Sabres.

"I think a lot of times, a lot of these players might stand alone on their winter teams," Peca said. "Bringing everybody on a team in an all-star format where their ability is more comparable, now you see how they adjust and how they keep up with the pace of play."

The players seemed to adjust well, at least within Buffalo's lineup.

Text Only
Sports
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Facebook
Front page
NDN Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest