Niagara Gazette

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September 16, 2006

SABRES: Spent their summer vacation with rock stars

BUFFALO — Ever notice that hockey players want to be rock stars and rock stars want to be hockey players?

The same holds true for the Buffalo Sabres, who paraded with the likes of Nickelback and Poison. The Sabres skated for the first time as a team on Friday at HSBC Arena.

Here’s a quick look at how Andrew Peters, Ryan Miller and Derek Roy spent their summer vacations.



Andrew Peters

Hometown:

St. Catharines, Ontario

“I came in and had my body butchered by (strength coach) Doug McKenney every day. It was three months of hell. Rewarding, but at the same time it wasn’t much fun. I went to my cottage up in Muskoka (Ontario) and went to Las Vegas for a wedding.

“I went to Vegas for three days and I hate it. I hate Vegas. I didn’t enjoy myself one bit. That’s it. I’m boring. If I didn’t have to lose 20-something pounds this summer, I’d have a lot more to say. I went to a Nickelback concert and hung out with them after the show. That was the highlight of my summer. I snuck down after the concert. Nobody seemed to want to stop me. I acted like owned the place. I saw Chad (Kroeger, lead singer) standing in the hallway and asked him how he was doing. They signed a guitar for me.



Ryan Miller

Hometown:

East Lansing, Mich.

“I snuck out with Poison. Hung out with Bret Michaels when they were in Michigan. My aunt used to work backstage at a festival and she got my passes. His tour manager is a huge Sabres fan, he grew up just outside of Buffalo in Ontario. We got talking about hockey and I mentioned that I play hockey and he asked who for and when I told him, he couldn’t believe it. He told Bret, ‘these guys are all right.’ He said, ‘yeah, they look cool,’ so we grabbed a drink and hung out for a while. He’s a nice guy. It was pretty tame. Definitely a lot of people on the bus trying to meet him.

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