Niagara Gazette


February 1, 2013

Bandits renew Toronto rivalry


Niagara Gazette — “It was a very tough decision, I would say one of the most difficult ones of my playing career,” White said. “Being with Buffalo for eight years, I learned a lot under Darris and (assistant coach) Rich (Kilgour) and all my teammates there … but it was a move to get a little closer to home with the opportunity that Toronto presented me. It was an opportunity that, at this time in my career, I just couldn’t pass up.”

White was one of many former Bandits to find a new city to play in this year, as Buffalo completed a roster overhaul before the season. One of the fresh faces is defenseman Glen Bryan, who spent the first two years of his career with Toronto. He will now get a taste of the other side of the rivalry.

“He’s a very smart player, gives a great effort and he uses his head when he plays the game,” Kilgour said of Bryan. “He can read the play and not just react to the play. So we’re very pleased overall to have him part of the team.”

Kilgour feels the new make-up of the team can be advantageous tonight, because the Rock often tries to play a tight game.

“I think this year we might be a little bit more athletic than we have in the past, so maybe we’ll try and play a little bit more up-tempo, and push the flow of the game as much as we can,” Kilgour said.

Though the wins are coming, the Bandits’ defense has still been shaky. They will receive an added boost tonight, however, when All-Star defenseman Billy Dee Smith makes his season debut. He missed the first two games serving a suspension, and the latter two due to injury.

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