Niagara Gazette

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December 13, 2006

SABRES: She shoots, she scores!

Sabres wives, girlfriends and friends share the hockey experience

Briere streaks down the wing at the Amherst Pepsi Center, head up, looking to dish to a trailer after sneaking across the blue line.

After spotting a teammate, a quick flip of Briere’s pink gloves delivers a perfect pass in the slot.

Pink gloves?

That’s right, there’s more than one Briere churning through shifts at the Pepsi Center — Sylvie Briere, the wife of Sabres’ star Daniel Briere, heads a cast of women who take to the feature rink for a weekly pick-up game. What started as a casual skate between some of the wives and girlfriends of the Sabres has become a weekly workout.

The significant others of Briere, Jochen Hecht, Jason Pominville and Marty Biron are regulars, and other friends have come along to turn the weekly skate into a full-blown contest. A recent session had 13 players battling for the puck, some in makeshift equipment while others come with top-level hockey gear.

Jackie Seward, a friend of the Brieres, is one of the many adding to the definition of “hockey mom.” Seward has three children — 17, 13 and 11 — all of whom are hockey players, although she’d never given the sport a try until this season.

“We’ve always wanted to do this, but never had the time. We’re at the hockey rink all week long with the kids, so we decided maybe we’d like to see,” Seward said. “I never played hockey growing up. I skated a little, but with figure skates, never with hockey equipment or anything.

“I’m having a blast. We’re learning a lot, learning how to stop and we really have an appreciation for what the kids do.”

Briere grew up in Ottawa, where she met Daniel, and the couple has three sons, Caelan, Carson and Cameron. Although she’s long watched all her boys play hockey, Daniel included, she never pictured herself on the ice.

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