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Saturday, July 4, 2015
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BUFFALO — The Buffalo Sabres annual summer development camp is set to take place starting Monday and running through July 12 at First Niagara Center. This will mark the fourth year in a row that the ice will be installed during the summer and the development camp will be held at the home of the Sabres.

On-ice camp sessions throughout the week will be open to the public and an intra-squad “Blue & Gold Scrimmage” will take place on Friday. Tickets for the scrimmage will cost $10 and can be purchased at the Sabres box office and at Sabres.com. An intra-squad three-on-three tournament will highlight the final day of camp on July 12.

The camp will feature approximately 40 Sabres prospects, including the team’s 2015 NHL Draft picks, all of whom are scheduled to participate in camp.

Attendees will take part in both on-ice and off-ice workouts. The goals of the camp are to show prospective players the fundamental ideas of the Sabres’ playing system and expose them to the conditioning programs of an NHL player. Camp participants will also study and examine NHL rules and the successful techniques a player must possess to become a professional athlete.

The full schedule of on-ice workouts open to the public at First Niagara Center is below. All times are subject to change and any updates will be posted at Sabres.com.

  • Mon., July 6 - On-ice coach’s practice: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Tue., July 7 - On-ice skills practice: 2:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Wed., July 8 - On-ice coach’s practice: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Thu., July 9  - On-ice testing: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Fri., July 10 - Pre-scrimmage skates: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  •                    - Blue & Gold Scrimmage: 7 p.m.
  • Sat., July 11 - Off Day
  • Sun., July 12 - Practice/three-on-three tournament: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 The Sabres also signed two more players on Friday: Cal O'Reilly and Carlo Colaiacovo.

Forward Cal O’Reilly was signed to a two-year deal.

O’Reilly (6’0”, 188 lbs., 9/30/1986), who was selected by the Nashville Predators in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft, has played 113 NHL games, registering 41 points (13+28) in four seasons with the Predators, Phoenix Coyotes and Pittsburgh Penguins.

In 2014-15, O’Reilly appeared in 76 games as captain for the Utica Comets (AHL) in his 10th professional season. The center led the Comets and tied for 10th among all AHL skaters with 61 points (10+51) and his 51 assists ranked second in the AHL. O’Reilly also logged a team-high 19 points (2+17) in 21 playoff games during the Comets’ run to the Calder Cup Final.

The Toronto, Ontario native now has 371 points (74+297) in 416 career AHL games, adding 43 (11+32) in 66 postseason contests. He also skated in 46 games in two seasons with Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL), where he totaled 20 points (3+17) and 32 penalty minutes.

Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo agreed to a one-year contract.

Colaiacovo (6’1”, 200 lbs., 1/27/1983) appeared in 33 games last season with the Philadelphia Flyers, recording eight points (2+6) and 10 penalty minutes. Since his selection in the first-round (17th overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft, Colaiacovo has appeared in parts of 12 seasons with the Flyers, St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. In 434 NHL games, the defenseman has recorded 152 points (33+119) and 221 penalty minutes.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Colaiacovo has represented Canada in the World Championship (2011) and World Junior Championship (2002 & 2003), capturing silver at both World Junior Championships.



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