Patrick Kaleta is one of you. He grew up in Angola rooting for the Sabres, dreaming of playing for the team. He's been living his dream since 2007 so he knows where Terry Pegula is coming from.
Kaleta's first game as a Sabre was Feb. 22, 2007, the infamous brawl game with Ottawa. Pretty odd that Pegula's first day as owner was also Feb. 22, four years later.
"Listening to him to talk to us in the locker room, I was getting all jacked up sitting here," Kaleta said today. "Not only myself but every player and every fan watching the [news] conference knowing what's going on here should be all pumped up and ready to go."
Kaleta talked about how he rushed to finish his homework to watch Sabres games and would get to stay up late on school nights to watch playoff games. That's the kind of passion Pegula showed yesterday. And when Pegula cried at the sight of Gilbert Perreault, Kaleta knew the crazy feelings the owner was having.
"His dream guy was Gilbert Perreault and mine was Mike Peca," Kaleta said. "I can say that where I first met Peca in the corner of the Pepsi Center and I was kind of like, "Oh my God, he's sitting over there.' It's just kind of a cool feeling and a dream come true and I can relate to that."
Click below for Kaleta's terrific session with reporters today: