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Riding In Cars With Sabres

How would you like to hang out in a limo with some of your favorite players for a day?

In another move by the Sabres to reach out to the local blogging community, Kate Holzemer of The Willful Caboose and Heather Bermingham of Top Shelf Cookies were invited by the team to join some of the players as they made surprise deliveries to some season ticket holders and sponsors.  Kate admitted to being a bit jittery…

I’m not going to lie, I was quite nervous about almost everything as I headed down to the arena. A variety of panicky thoughts raced through my head: What if I embarrass myself? What if the Sabres hate me? What if Tyler Myers wants to open the sunroof of the limo so he can stick his head out like a giraffe, and this makes me laugh so hard that I have a coughing fit? What if Ted Black turns out to be only 99% awesome instead of 100% awesome? What if Ville Leino arches his eyebrow at me and I temporarily lose the power of speech? What if I somehow offend everyone and ensure that no bloggers are ever taken seriously by the Sabres ever ever ever ever ever ever again? OMFG, WHAT IF I LOOK STUPID IN THIS OUTFIT?!

Well, it turns out that driving around Buffalo in a limousine with Sabres is much like everything else in life. You almost never worry about the right things.

Heather tells of an interesting moment at one of her stops…

Delivery number two was to corporate sponsor BlueCross BlueShield, the official healthcare provider of the Buffalo Sabres.  (In case you’ve ever wondered, that apparently means the front office uses it but the players don’t necessarily.  Or maybe I’m the only one who’s ever wondered about things like that.)  Ville [Leino] and Jason [Pominville] presented the tickets to a couple of official-looking people and then were told there was an employee appreciation lunch of some kind going on and that they would make everyone’s day if they stopped in and made an apperance.  They happily obliged but looked a little surprised when they were marched up front in front of everyone.  “I didn’t know I was going to have to say anything,” Jason said.  There was a funny moment when the CEO, after saying a few words, turned to Ville and said, “So you’ve been in Buffalo the longest right, Jason?”  To which Ville responded, “I’ve been here five days.  He’s Jason.”  Everyone got a good laugh out of that and everyone was really good-natured about it, but some of the employees looked a little chagrined and there were some light groans.  But hey, who hasn’t been slightly embarrassed by their boss at some point?

The entire pieces include some nice pictures, videos and more entertaining anecdotes.  All in all it was another week, another publicity home run hit by the Sabres organization.

Twitter: @DaveDavisHockey

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I think this is a great initiative and perhaps teams in non-traditional hockey markets should take notice! Hell of an experience and great way to show the human side of the players and the organization.

Posted by John from Montreal on 09/15/11 at 05:46 PM ET

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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003.  He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene.  Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.

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