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The gates are open

The snow is still falling gently and the first fans are coming into the seating bowl, with Sabres and Penguins jersey both represented. The early birds got a treat with the end of Ronan Tynan's rehearsal of "God Bless America" from the stage set up on the corner of the field at the scoreboard end. At the tunnel end are booths for CBC and NBC.

NHL officials are skating on the ice testing it out and the zamboni making more passes. A couple Pittsburgh reporters just told me some Penguins were complaining about a hole that developed just inside the blue line at the tunnel end of the ice near the end of yesterday's practice. Worth watching to see if the ice starts to break down at all in the third period.

---Mike Harrington

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, 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.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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