Thursday, February 22, 2007
Patrick Kaleta makes his NHL debut
The buzz at today's morning skate at HSBC Arena all had to do with Patrick Kaleta, the newest callup to the big team. Kaleta will make his NHL debut tonight when the Sabres face the Ottawa Senators.
Kaleta has undoubtedly never been such a center of attention and has had to face the crush of media that he did today. For he is a WNY born and bred player, grew up cheering for his beloved Buffalo Sabres, and now gets to live every player's dream -to suit up for his very own team.
Other than handling all the questions and not becoming awestruck, Kaleta's other big task is coming up with enough tickets for all his family, friends and neighbors. "Most of my family already has season tickets, but I need about 60-75 more tickets. The team has some seats set aside for players, but it's going to be a big bill for me."
Coach Lindy Ruff has no qualms putting Kaleta out there against the likes of a Heatley or Spezza. "I have complete confidence in him" says Ruff. "Let's see what he is made of."
Kaleta's debut should make for a big night at the arena tonight!