A Sabres TGIF Tip-o-the-Hat to Neale and Housley

Just try to forget that loss last night.

If you’re still struggling with your Sabres hangover, (as many of you on my Twitter feed have indeed proclaimed) then take a break here with me. We’re putting aside stats, records, #SeedsOfGreatness and the #Crapshoot today to celebrate a couple Sabres personalities, who are themselves celebrating birthdays today.

  • Harry Neale, born in 1937.

One of Sabres Commentator Harry Neale’s most famous quotes from his coaching career came after coaching the Canucks to a loss during the 1981–82 season:

“Last season we couldn’t win at home. This season we can’t win on the road. My failure as a coach is I can’t think of any place else to play.”

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Someone get this guy a party hat!


“Our system of fore checking is to shoot the puck and leave it there.”

“I know my players don’t like my practices, but that’s okay because I don’t like their games.”

Once, he put a 24-pack of beer at center ice at the end of a practice.

“I told ‘em, ‘The winning team gets the beer.’ Honest to God, I was sorry I did it. I thought those guys were going to kill each other in that scrimmage.”

Ah, old time hockey.  You just can’t get away with that kind of stuff anymore.  Still, it hasn’t stopped Neale from trying:



  • Phil Housley, born in 1964.

We all know his stats. Instead of going off about all of his points, let’s just sit back and enjoy this:



Times are tough for the Sabres right now. I hope this post helped some of you remember the simple joy of the good ol’ hockey game. Take us to the weekend, Stompin’ Tom Connors, and Conan O’brian:



Go Sabres.

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