News | 1/5/2012 3:40:13 PM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS
The Rochester Americans announced today that Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame player and current broadcaster Danny Gare will appear at the first of five scheduled Seneca Casinos Legends Nights this season. Gare will attend the Amerks’ game versus the Toronto Marlies on Friday, Jan. 13 to sign autographs prior to the game and drop the ceremonial first puck.
The Seneca Casinos Legends Series is now in its third year and will feature appearances by different hockey greats at four more Amerks games this season, including Thursday, Feb. 2; Friday, Feb. 17; Friday, Mar. 9; and Friday, Mar. 30. The featured guests for these Legends Nights will be announced at a later date.
“The Amerks are very pleased to once again partner with Seneca Casinos for the ‘Legends’ series,” said Amerks Vice President of Business Operations Rob Kopacz. “The opportunity to bring hockey greats to Rochester in order to celebrate this great game is exciting for both the fans and the organization.”
Gare played his first game for the Sabres on October 10, 1974 against Boston, and scored just 18 seconds into his first NHL shift. He finished his rookie season with 62 points (31+31) and contributed 13 points (7+6) in the Sabres’ run to the 1975 Stanley Cup Finals. Gare followed up his strong rookie campaign with his first of two 50-goal seasons in 1975-76, when he netted 50 goals and 23 assists in 79 games, and chipped in two game-winning goals in the playoffs. That season, Gare recorded three of his 10 career hat tricks as a Sabre.
In 1979-80, he scored a career-high 56 goals, including a club-record 11 game-winners. Rick Martin is the only other Sabre to have two 50-goal seasons. With 267 goals as a Sabre, Gare holds the record for goals by a Sabres right wing. He finished his Sabres career with 500 points before being traded to the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 2, 1981. Gare spent his final season with Edmonton in 1986-87. The Nelson, B.C. native finished his career with 685 points (354+331) in 827 career NHL games with Buffalo, Detroit and Edmonton, and was inducted into into the Sabres Hall of Fame in 1994. He is one of only six players in Sabres franchise history to have his number retired, along with Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin, Rene Robert, Tim Horton and Pat LaFontaine.
This season, Gare has returned for a second stint as a member of the Sabres broadcast team, serving as a color analyst during select games.
For ticket information for the Seneca Casinos Legends Series, call 1-855-GO-AMERKS or visit amerks.com.