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On this week's edition of WBFO's 'Behind The Bench,' Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about where the team stands in the closely-watched race for last place in the NHL, a position that will allow that team to draft one of two much-hyped prospects.

An insider's look at Connor McDavid

Mar 27, 2015
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Thursday night's overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes leaves the Sabres six points behind the Coyotes with just a couple of weeks left in the season. The team that finds themselves at the very bottom of the standings when the season is over is guaranteed no worse than the second overall draft choice, meaning the Sabres could land super-prospects Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. McDavid is currently the captain of the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. Eichel is presently a center at Boston University. Both are viewed as franchise players.

'Behind The Bench': The philosophy behind losing

Mar 26, 2015
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Two of the worst teams in the National Hockey League play in Buffalo Thursday night. The Sabres take on Arizona at First Niagara Center.  In this week's edition of Behind the Bench, Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe tells WBFO's Eileen Buckley it should be an interesting matchup.

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Baseball fans have two more weeks to wait for the 130th season of professional baseball in Buffalo. As a sign that first pitch is warming up, the Coca-Cola Field grass was cut for the first time Wednesday.

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UB's men's and women's basketball teams finished their seasons early in the post-season tournaments but that didn't stop the party Monday in Alumni Arena.

NFL to lift blackout rules for 2015 season

Mar 23, 2015
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The NFL announced Monday that it will suspend the long-standing local blackout policy for the 2015 season. The league said it will “re-evaluate” the rule after the season. 

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It's something that many hope could lead to a gradual and fundamental change in Canada's national sport: Canada's largest minor hockey league is phasing out body checking at the Bantam level. The move is being made in the face of growing medical evidence about concussions.

'Behind The Bench': Sabres keep trying

Mar 19, 2015
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The Buffalo Sabres return to the ice tomorrow night after a successful shootout earlier this week against Boston.  In this week's edition of 'Behind the Bench' Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe tells WBFO'S Eileen Buckley the team is not giving up despite a difficult season.

'Behind The Bench': Teams future needs

Mar 12, 2015
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The Buffalo Sabres lost in a 4-3 shootout Wednesday night against the Maple Leafs in Toronto. As the team continues plowing through the rest of the season, they've been dealing with changes on the ice and plenty of injuries.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley speaks with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe in this week's edition of 'Behind the Bench'. 

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The Buffalo Sabres recalled goaltender Matt Hackett from the Rochester Americans, on Saturday.

'Behind The Bench': Sabres trade deadline deals

Mar 5, 2015
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The NHL trade deadline was somewhat of a distraction for some members of the Buffalo Sabres.  In this week's 'Behind the Bench', WBFO'S Eileen Buckley fills in for Omar Fetouh speaking with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe.

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The Buffalo Bills announced the team has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings to acquire Quarterback Matt Cassel and an undisclosed draft choice in exchange for undisclosed draft choices.

'Behind The Bench': Sabres injuries after high scoring win

Feb 26, 2015
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The Buffalo Sabres face-off at First Niagara Arena Thursday night fresh off a big win Tuesday.  This week on Behind the Bench, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley fills in for Omar Fetouh speaking with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe. Hoppe said some injuries could be the next big problem for the team.

'Behind The Bench': Sabres post-trade

Feb 19, 2015
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The Buffalo Sabres are back on the road Thursday night after losing Tuesday.  This week on Behind the Bench, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley fills in for Omar Fetouh to speak with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe about what the team needs to do for a win.

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At the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Buffalo Bills Head Coach, Rex Ryan spoke about the team’s main concern, and defended the choice to add Richie Incognito to the lineup.

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Former Buffalo Sabres defenseman, Steve Montador, has died at age 35.

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On this week's edition of 'Behind The Bench," Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe shares his thoughts on a busy day at First Niagara Center which saw some familiar faces traded away.

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The Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets pulled off a blockbuster trade Wednesday that sent two of the Sabres' highest-profile players to the Western Conference. Late in the day, the team also traded its starting goaltender.

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The Buffalo Bills have officially signed controversial free agent offensive guard Richie Incognito. Incognito was a central figure in a bullying scandal while he was a member of the Miami Dolphins in 2013. 

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This week's on WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the end of the team's 14-game losing streak and an eyebrow-raising comment made recently by head coach Ted Nolan.

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Choosing between staying home and going out to watch the Super Bowl can be a tough choice, but Buffalo’s (716) Food and Sport gave fans the best of both worlds on Sunday night.

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On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's return from an extended All-Star break and the return of the team's captain Brian Gionta.

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On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe talks about the team's extended losing streak, now at 11 games, and how it might affect the future of head coach Ted Nolan.

In our first-ever video version of 'Beyond The Playbook,' WBFO's Mark Scott and Bills analyst Matt Sabuda discuss Rex Ryan's introductory press conference from Orchard Park.

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In this week's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe talks about the team's continuing struggles and the retirement of Dominik Hasek's #39 jersey.

Listen: Rex Ryan introduced as new Bills head coach

Jan 14, 2015
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The Buffalo Bills held an introductory press conference Wednesday with Rex Ryan, who was hired on Monday to succeed Doug Marrone as the team's head coach. 

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Western New Yorkers will hear from new head coach Rex Ryan when he is introduced by the Buffalo Bills at noon Wednesday in Orchard Park.

Roman in, Schwartz out as Bills coordinators

Jan 13, 2015
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Greg Roman is in as the Buffalo Bills new offensive coordinator, and Jim Schwartz is out as defensive coordinator.

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A former Buffalo Sabre whose excellence on the ice earned him the nickname "The Dominator" will receive the team's highest honor Tuesday night.

U.S. women win gold at HarborCenter

Jan 13, 2015
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A sold-out crowd of 2,000 people were on hand to see the U.S. Women's Under 18 team win gold in hockey at Buffalo's HarborCenter Monday night.


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