David Leggio, the Williamsville native who spent three years in the Sabres' organization, will represent the United States at the world championships this month.
The 29-year-old is one of three goaltenders on the U.S. roster, which was finalized today. Leggio will head to Belarus along with Tim Thomas of the Dallas Stars and UMass Lowell college goalie Connor Hellebuyck.
Leggio played for the Sabres' minor-league teams in Portland and Rochester from 2010 to 2013. This season, he went 23-18-3 with a 2.63 goals-against average and .913 save percentage for the Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals.
Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe was previously announced as a member of the U.S. team, which begins play next Friday. Lancaster native Tim Macre, who is an athletic trainer for the Sabres, will hold the same role for USA Hockey. Former Buffalo assistant coach Joe Sacco is an assistant for the United States.
Alex Ovechkin couldn't help Russia overcome a dominant American attack today as the big games at the hockey world championships began.
The United States routed Russia, 8-3, in the opening quarterfinal in Helsinki, Finland. Colorado's Paul Stastny scored twice and added two assists to lead the Americans, who advanced to the semifinals.
Ovechkin arrived in Finland on Wednesday after his Washington Capitals were eliminated, and he scored once and added an assist.
The other quarterfinal games today are: Switzerland against Czech Republic; Finland versus Slovakia; and Canada against Sweden.
Updates from the IIHF World Championships in Sweden and Finland:
Thomas Vanek has team-highs of three goals and 20 shots on goal for Austria. The Aussies beat Slovakia in a shootout, with Vanek scoring the decisive goal. Christian Ehrhoff has been the workhorse for Germany, averaging 29:31 per game, while Andrej Sekera has done likewise for Slovakia at 24:55. Jhonas Enroth has a 1.76 goals-against average in the nets for Sweden.
In the standings -- go to the bottom of the page at this link -- Lindy Ruff-coached Team Canada has the tourney's best record at 4-0-1 for 13 points (losing only to Switzerland in a shootout). Finland leads the other group with 11 points. Team USA has nine points, tied with Russia and two behind the Finns.
Meanwhile, Rochester Amerks center Zemgus Girgensons, the Sabres' second first-round pick last June, has been suspended for one game for a butt-ending violation and will miss Latvia's game Saturday against Germany. The incident occurred during Thursday's 5-3 win over Slovakia.
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.
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.
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.