Niagara Gazette

Pro Sports

June 25, 2008

SABRES: Team opens development camp at Niagara University


“They were doing calisthenics down there on the floor before practice,” said Tom Prince of Lancaster. “Even without a jersey on, I could tell who Gerbe was right away. He’s built.”

“What a shot!” Town of Niagara resident Jeff Torcasio said after one of Gerbe’s goals, before adding, “he looks like he’s going to be really good.”

Adams, a Niagara County Community College student working on the NU campus this summer, and Torcasio, whose two sons play travel hockey out of Dwyer, expressed excitement that the Sabres moved their camp here from the Amherst Pepsi Center.

“It’s nice to see them come up here,” Torcasio said. “I think it’s going to pull in some new fans. It’s also very good for Niagara University.”

“I love that I live just five minutes away,” Adams added. “This is really convenient.”

Prince, looking after his son, Lucas, 7, and nephew, Alex Librera, 10, said he prefers Dwyer to the Pepsi Center, even though his commute has become less convenient.

“This is a great venue for this camp,” he said.

The Wozniaks, who are planning to return at least once before camp closes July 1, said Dwyer is a major upgrade over the Pepsi Center.

“It’s much nicer,” said Keith, “There are more seats to sit in. They have the heat on. You expect an ice rink to be cold, but it was freezing (at the Pepsi Center). And it was dark.”

Contact reporter Jonah Bronstein at 282-2311, ext. 2258.

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