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Sabres moved by visit to military hospital

LANDSTUHL, Germany -- Ryan Miller knew today would be powerful. When he was a member of the U.S. Olympic team, the Sabres' goaltender visited injured troops and walked away with an enhanced look at life.

The same thing happened today when the Sabres visited Landstuhl Regional Medical Center on Ramstein Air Base.

"We’e seeing a big movement in that there’s a lot more respect being paid to the men and women who are serving, especially the men and women who have made sacrificies with their bodies," Miller said. "It definitely gives you perspective on life, and I think it’s good for our whole organization to show up, not just a few guys. It sets things in place for people."

The visit was the first of its kind for most players, especially the younger ones, and Miller hopes they absorbed its meaning.

"I hope it puts them in a good spot to understand how fortunate they are to be where they’re at in their life and to enjoy every moment," Miller said.

To hear thoughts by Miller and coach Lindy Ruff on the visit, click the audio file below.

---John Vogl

Ryan Miller

Lindy Ruff

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