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      During the 2016-2017 season, Jr. Sabres players will on average participate in four weekly on-ice sessions, including one Academy of Hockey skill session. Players will take part in two weekly IMPACT Sports Performance training sessions, numerous video instruction sessions, and a summer training camp. Participants will also receive select equipment and apparel. 





      FOR 2016-2017 SEASON



      BUFFALO, N.Y. (February 26, 2016) --- The Buffalo Jr. Sabres Youth Hockey Organization today announced the head coaches of its bantam, 15U, 16U and 18U teams for the 2016-2017 season.


      13U Bantam Minor: Ethan Moreau

      14U Bantam Major: Mark Mobus

      15U: Andrew Peters

      16U: Michael Peca and Jacob Brozyna

      18U: Joe Marszalek


      Tryout times and player assessment fees will be announced shortly.


      The newly named coaches join Kevyn Adams (9U), Tristan Musser (10U), Mike Ansell (11U) and Craig Rivet/Tom Gately (12U), who were announced as head coaches in their respective age divisions earlier this month. This now completes the head coaching assignments for all 10 Jr. Sabres teams.


      Ethan Moreau joins the Jr. Sabres organization as coach of the Bantam Minor team and brings 16 years and 928 games of NHL experience. The St. Catherine’s, Ontario resident was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. Moreau went on to score 147 goals and 287 points in his 16 seasons with the Blackhawks, Oilers, Blue Jackets and Kings. While serving as captain of the Edmonton Oilers in 2009, Moreau was presented with the NHL’s King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community. Moreau recently joined the Academy of Hockey as a development coach.


      Mark Mobus enters his third season with the Jr. Sabres organization and will be coaching the Bantam Major team in 2016-2017. He is currently the coach of the Jr. Sabres Bantam Minor team, which is ranked eighth in the nation My Hockey Rankings. Mobus is a physical education teacher in the Amherst Central School district and coached the Amherst High School Varsity Federation team from 2008 to 2013, winning the Section VI Federation Championship in 2010. He currently serves as an Academy of Hockey instructor for spring and summer development programs.


      Andrew Peters joins the Jr. Sabres organization for the 2016-2017 season as coach of the 15U team. Following a ten season professional career, Peters has been active as a broadcaster, co-hosting “Hockey Hotline” on WGR radio and filling in as an analyst on Sabres game broadcasts. After growing up in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Peters spent eight seasons playing for the Sabres organization including three in Rochester and five in Buffalo. In all, the winger totaled 229 games in the National Hockey League with seven points and 650 penalty minutes.


      Michael Peca and Jacob Brozyna will work together as co-coaches of the Jr. Sabres 16U team. Peca, the former Sabres captain, has spent the 2015-2016 season coaching the 16U team, which is currently ranked 17th in the country by My Hockey Rankings.

      Peca has been active with the Jr. Sabres organization since 2012, serving as head coach and general manager of the Junior-A team before assuming his current role. Peca’s NHL career included 864 games with the Canucks, Sabres, Islanders, Oilers, Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets.


      He finished his career with 176 goals and 465 points. Peca won the Selke Trophy in 1997 and 2002 as the NHL’s top defensive forward and also played in the Stanley Cup Final with the Edmonton Oilers in 2006. Brozyna has spent the 2015-2016 season an assistant coach with the Jr. Sabres Junior-A team and head coach of the 14U Bantam Major team, which is ranked 13th by My Hockey Rankings. Brozyna also serves as a part time development coach with the Academy of Hockey.


      Joe Marszalek enters his third season coaching with the Jr. Sabres organization and his second as head coach of the 18U team. This year’s 18U squad is ranked eighth by My Hockey Rankings and won its regular season title in the Tier I Elite League. Marszalek has coached hockey in Western New York for 27 years at many levels and has won 11 state championships and four gold medals at the Empire State Games. The Hamburg resident played collegiately at Canisius College and currently serves as the USA Hockey player development coordinator for the west section of New York State.




      BUFFALO, N.Y. (February 9, 2016) --- The Buffalo Jr. Sabres Youth Hockey Organization today announced the head coaches of its squirt and pee wee teams for the 2016-2017 season.


      9U Squirt Minor (2007 birth year): Kevyn Adams

      10U Squirt Major (2006 birth year): Tristan Musser

      11U Pee Wee Minor (2005 birth year): Mike Ansell

      12U Pee Wee Major (2004 birth year): Craig Rivet

      Kevyn Adams, the President of the Jr. Sabres organization and director of the Academy of Hockey, will coach the Jr. Sabres 9U squirt minor team. Adams helped found the Academy of Hockey in 2013 after spending four years on the Buffalo Sabres coaching staff. Prior to coaching, Adams played eleven years in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, Phoenix Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks, scoring 59 goals and 136 points in 540 games. As an alternate captain for Carolina in 2006, Adams and the Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup. The Clarence native played NCAA Division I hockey at the University of Miami and is currently fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list. Adams has twice represented USA Hockey on the international stage: in the 2005 World Hockey Championship and 1994 World Junior Championship, where he led the team in scoring.


      Tristan Musser is currently an instructor with the Academy of Hockey and a member of the Canisius College hockey operations staff. He currently serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the Jr. Sabres 20U team and will lead the 10U squirt major team in 2016-2017. Musser is an alumnus of Adrian College, where he graduated summa cum laude in 2014 with a degree in business administration. He is now pursuing a master of sport administration degree at Canisius College while serving as graduate manager for the Griffs hockey department. As graduate manager at Canisius, Musser manages the hockey operations staff, coordinates video analysis and scouting, and aids the coaching staff in on ice instruction. Musser played his junior hockey for the Dubuque Thunderbirds Junior A Tier III program before moving on to play ACHA Division I hockey at Adrian College, where he served as assistant team captain for the 2013-2014 season.


      Mike Ansell, a development coach with the Academy of Hockey, enters his second season as a head coach in the Jr. Sabres organization, now leading the 11U pee wee minor team. Ansell has spent the 2015-2016 season as head coach of the Jr. Sabres pee wee major team. He serves as the Academy’s head skating development coach, creating and executing programs that help each athlete maximize his or her skating ability. Prior to joining the Academy, Ansell compiled a wealth of experience, working with multiple developmental hockey organizations including ColdRush Hockey, Ashburn Extreme, DC Capitals, and the Washington Little Capitals, where he held the role of director of player development. Ansell played his college hockey at Buffalo State, where he earned a degree in health and wellness.


      Former Buffalo Sabres captain Craig Rivet enters his second season as a coach in the Jr. Sabres organization and will lead the 12U pee wee major team in 2016-2017. After wrapping up a 16-year NHL playing career in 2011, the Ontario native chose to remain in Buffalo and began his involvement with youth hockey immediately. Rivet joined the Jr. Sabres organization for the 2015-2016 season as coach of the pee wee minor team. His squad is currently ranked seventh in the nation by Rivet was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the 1992 draft and made his debut with the organization in 1994. He became a full time member of the Canadiens in 1997 and played in Montreal until 2007. Following a stint with the San Jose Sharks, Rivet joined the Buffalo Sabres in 2008 and served as team captain from his arrival until his departure in 2011. In all, the defenseman totaled 923 NHL games with 50 goals, 237 points and 1,171 penalty minutes. Rivet won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2003 World Hockey Championship in Finland.


      Head coaches for the Jr. Sabres 18U, 16U, 15U, 14U and 13U teams will be announced in the coming weeks. Additional information on the Buffalo Jr. Sabres Youth Hockey Organization is available online at


      15U Pure Tier I Age Classification and Tier I Nationals

      Below is information from NYSAHA President and USA Hockey Youth Council Member Joe Baudo regarding the above referenced pilot program.  

      This is for 15 year olds only and for Tier I AAA only. A 14 year old cannot play up that player could play on a 14 year old team but not on these teams. There will be a NYSAHA State Tournament and a USA Hockey National Tournament in those two seasons.


      Any questions please contact Joe Baudo or myself.




      David M. Braunstein
      West Section President NYSAHA
      Adult Council USA Hockey




      January 20, 2016


      To: Tier 1 Associations of NYSAHA


      At this past weeks USA Hockey Mid Winter Meeting the Youth Council passed a Pilot Program which was then ratified by the USA Hockey Board of Directors.


      Below is the description of the program.


      Tier 1 Youth 15 Year old age classification Pilot Program for the 2016-17 and

      2017-18 Seasons.


      The Youth Council of USA Hockey has put into effect for the 2016-17 and 2017-

      18 Seasons a 15 year old age classification at the Youth Tier 1 level. Under this

      program Tier 1 Associations can have a 15 year old team. The team can be

      comprised of only players that are from the 15 year old birth year for the 2016-17

      an then the 2017-18 seasons respectively. This will be a PURE age classification.

      No players 14 and under or 16 and over will be allowed to participate in this age



      There will be no Exceptions.


      USA Hockey will conduct a National Championship Tournament at his Age

      classification for the 2016-17 (2017) season and the 2017-18 (2018) season. The

      location has not been determined. In addition NYSAHA will also be conducting a

      State Championship in 2017 and 2018 to select a team to represent NYSAHA.


      The number of teams in NYSAHA will determine the Format.


      As a Pilot Program the Youth Council will then review it after the first year and

      report back to the Board of Directors.


      I wanted NYSAHA Tier 1 Associations to be aware of this program ASAP so you

      can plan for next season.


      If you have any question I can be reached by email at


      Joe Baudo

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