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Buffalo Girl Convinces EA to put a Female Face on NHL Hockey

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We love our hockey in the B-lo.

We love our Sabres. We love our Junior Sabres. We love our Amerks. We love our alumni. We love playing on the local rinks and streets, and we love playing in the virtual world on our TV screens.

Up until now, girls didn’t have a face in that virtual world.  They do now, and it’s all thanks to Lexi Peters, of our fair Queen City.

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Team captain material.

From The Globe and Mail:

“I asked my dad, ‘Why aren’t there girls in the NHL video game?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know, write a letter.’ So, I did,” Lexi told the Globe and Mail from her home in Buffalo, N.Y.

She sent a typewritten letter to the executives of one the largest video game makers in the world, asking them to add women players.

She wrote: “It is unfair to women and girl hockey players around the world, many of them who play and enjoy your game. I have created a character of myself, except I have to be represented by a male and that’s not fun.”

EA Sports gave Lexi the news. Not only were they adding a female character option, but they wanted Lexi to play the part of the “default” female player that gamers would then be able to customize.

“I was so excited,” says Lexi. “My dad called my grandpa immediately, who called my Uncle Chris, like a chain reaction.”

Users can tailor the female character by changing hair, eye colour and the name on the jersey if they want, just as with male players.

Well done, Lexi!

For the full article, click here.

Go Sabres.

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Sabres Exploring Twitter, New Gametime Experiences

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Ted Black is quickly becoming one of the most popular members of the Sabres organization.

In his latest fan chat, Black engaged the fans and their questions, offering insight into projects and season prospects, and sometimes just showing fans his down to earth sense of humor.

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F'n a!

Of the myriad of subjects he touched upon, the gametime experience was one that kept popping up. It’s something that the Sabres are working on to improve, both in and out of the rink. Here’s a quick pictorial recap of what he revealed on that experience during the chat.

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"Prost!" Get your Ehrhoff and Hecht jerseys ready for this one.

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Party at Brendan's house!

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I think it's safe to say we won't be tortured by a "Crazy Train" routine.

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1978? Treat yourself to a soda if you remember that one.

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I'll be the first to volunteer to bury those in my backyard.

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And it's been glorious. Thank you, Derek Roy (@Roy9ner), for introducing us all to words like "deliciosis" on the Twitter.

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Vague? Yes. But when Ted Black is vague, it usually means something cool is on the way.

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Worst Summer Ever.

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As news continues to break over the plane crash involving the KHL’s Lokomotiv, I found myself a little compelled to find a spark of good news – anything current – regarding what has been going on in the hockey world this summer.

I headed over to Yahoo! Sports.

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And this is what I found. (Click to re-size.)

Besides the Jets releasing their new uniforms (which most found boring at best), I don’t think I have ever seen such a tragic lineup of headlines. I don’t think we will ever see anything of this magnitude again – surely not all at once.

Thoughts and prayers to everyone involved with all the tragedies that have occurred in hockey over the summer.

(No “sign-off” today.)

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Tom Barrasso’s Face Vs. Bob Probert’s Fists

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They say patience is a big part of a goaltender’s game.

In Tom Barrasso’s case on December 23rd in 1987, patience may have saved his face. Hit the one minute mark of the video (or for much more fun, watch the whole thing. It’s glorious).

 

 

Totally should’ve nailed Probert with his waffle board.

Easy trivia: name that commentator.

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In a quick shift from humor to horror, here's a pic of Barrasso working with the hated Canes.

35 days to go, folks.

Go Sabres.

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Don Edwards’ Tips for Young Netminders… from 1981

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This is worth watching for the music alone.

Enjoy, kids.

“I’ll bet you dollars to donuts he doesn’t score.” Quote of the day. I am using that all season long.

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Edwards at the Sabres' Alumni Day

Go Sabres.

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