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Former Sabres captain Peca named Jr. Sabres GM

By WBFO News Staff

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Junior Sabres, which are owned jointly by the Sabres and Sabres Alumni and operated by the latter, today announced that former team captain Michael Peca is taking the role of the junior team's new General Manager.

Larry Playfair, President of the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association and Buffalo Junior Sabres, explained that by hiring Peca the team utilizes his energy and experience while allowing Grant Ledyard to focus more specifically on his role as Head Coach.

"Grant Ledyard has shouldered the lion's share of work for the Junior Sabres for the past two seasons," said Playfair. "The Ontario Junior Hockey League has contracted down to 27 teams from 36 in those past two seasons. The competition has become better. It will be important that we allow Grant to spend more time coaching, and in order to do this we had to take some stuff off of his plate."

Peca said he looks forward to getting to know the Junior Sabres' players, scouting the local hockey talent pool and building a local amateur program that can compete with the nation's best.

"I want all our best players from Western New York and the surrounding area to look at our program as their undisputed first choice," said Peca. "I cringe watching a lot of our best kids moving away at 15 to17 to go somewhere else. I want to change that."

In addition to changes in the front office, the Junior Sabres are adding former player Ric Seiling to its staff as a play-by-play announcer.

The Junior Sabres compete in the junior-A level Ontario Junior Hockey League as the only U.S.-based franchise. As a junior-A level program, the Junior Sabres develop elite level players for consideration with higher-level hockey programs, most notably college hockey.