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The hunt for Ice Bowl gear

Lindy Ruff said after practice today that the biggest controversy in his house Wednesday morning wasn't about who he used in the Ice Bowl shootout, why the ice wasn't shaved or whether he should revert to the line combinations he entered the game with. Nope. The trouble stemmed from which one of his daughters was going to earn the right to wear his classic varsity Sabres jacket to school. You know, the one he sported behind the bench Tuesday with the old Sabres crest on the breast and back.

"I had to break up a brawl," Ruff joked to reporters after his daily briefing with the media.

The jacket is expected to be a big seller when it hits the Internet and souvenir sales were slated to top $1 million alone in the Ralph on Tuesday. People couldn't seem to get their hands on enough gear but I heard a few complaints, notably about World Series or Super Bowl-like prices and the fact the Sabres' replica jerseys didn't have the neck ties like the Penguins' ones did.

So for those of you who were there, what kind of souvenirs did you go on the hunt for? And was the wallet-busting worth it?

---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.

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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.

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