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Capobianco and Muto among those at NHL development camps

by Amy Moritz

What did you do on your summer vacation?

For a number of college hockey players the answer to that question includes spending a week at an NHL development camp.

Two players from Canisius and one for Niagara are participating in prospect camps along with a number of other players from Atlantic Hockey. (This of course without the official release of the Buffalo Sabres development camp roster. That camp opens on Monday.)

Tony Capobianco, the most decorated goaltender in Canisius program history, was invited to the Philadelphia Flyers Develoment Camp which began on Thursday. Capobianco, who graduated from Canisius in May,finished with school records in saves (3,061), save percentage (.920), goals against average (2.71) and shutouts (eight).

James Mazza, who verbally committed to the Golden Griffins for 2015, is participating in the New York Islanders develoment camp.

Niagara defenseman Vince Muto (Niagara Falls) is finishing his time with the Montreal Canadiens. In his freshman season, Muto played in 37 games notching 19 points from the blue line (five goals, 14 assists).

Mercyhurst has five players at development camps, leading tally in Atlantic Hockey. Senior Matthew Zay is with the Chicago Blackhawks while recent graduates Dan O'Donoghue and Nick Jones are with Arizona and San Jose, respectively.

Verbal recruits for 2015 also participating are Tommasco Bucci and Chris Makowski, both with the Islanders.

Others from Atlantic Hockey include Air Force senior Cole Gunner (Chicago), Bentley senior Alex Grieve (Islanders), Robert Morris junior Brandon Denham (Calgary) and Sacred Heart junior Alex Vazzano (Ottawa).

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Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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