Niagara Gazette

Pro Sports

July 19, 2012

Ott thrilled to be with Sabres, 'brother' Weber

BUFFALO — Last month, Steve Ott and Mike Weber heard a rumor Ott could be joining his close friend with the Sabres. The two laughed, and then resumed working out together at the gym.

The mere thought of Ott coming to Buffalo resonated, however. The gritty forward was cognizant the Dallas Stars might be looking to deal him.

“Could you imagine?” the friends asked each other.

On July 2, about two weeks later, Ott missed a call from Dallas general manager Joe Nieuwendyk at his summer home near Windsor, Ont. He saw a text from Nieuwendyk minutes later.

“I looked at my girlfriend and said, ‘We’ve been traded,’” Ott said Thursday inside the First Niagara Center during his introductory news conference. “I knew right away. I obviously had that feeling.”

Right away, an out-of-breath Ott called Weber, someone so close he calls him a “brother.”

Ott couldn’t get the words out.

“I was like, ‘Uhh,’” Ott recalled. “He was like, ‘Is it breaking up?’ I was like, ‘No, hold on one sec. Let me pull it together. We’re going to be playing together as a Sabre.’ It was pretty exciting.”

On Thursday, Ott, acquired with defenseman Adam Pardy for center Derek Roy, still couldn’t hide his excitement. Being in Buffalo, something he calls a “new adventure,” is special.

“It’s been even more exciting,” Ott said about seeing his new city and team. “I don’t even want to leave. I came in a couple days ago. The city, the people are very excited about this team. I got to meet some of my new teammates. …  Obviously, now it feels like home already.”

During the 29-year-old’s first dinner in town, he was brought a dessert with “Welcome to Buffalo” written on it.

“Just a great area and great community,” he said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Pro Sports
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday 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 Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page