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Nurse could be a hit with Sabres, but he won't be a Bills backer

By John Vogl

Darnell Nurse, a likely top-10 pick in the NHL draft who's profiled in today's editions of The News, has a football background. His dad, Richard, played wide receiver in the Canadian Football League after a season at Canisius College. Nurse's uncle is Donovan McNabb, the former NFL star.

"I love football," Nurse said. "On Sunday, I’m probably on my couch for 90 percent of the day watching football."

He's not watching the Bills, though, despite growing up in nearby Hamilton, Ont.

"No, not the Buffalo Bills," he said. "I couldn’t do it."

Nurse's favorite NFL team actually gave Buffalo fans one of their darkest moments. He roots for Tennessee, the author of "Home Run Throwback." Nurse liked watching Steve McNair.

Sabres fans would like watching Nurse if the team drafts him. He's a hard-hitting blue-liner who is ranked as the No. 4 skater in North America by NHL Central Scouting.

"As a young kid, I never wanted to be off the ice," Nurse said. "Playing physical, playing hard at that type of speed, I think there’s nothing that beats it."


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John Vogl

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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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