Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today that forward Nathan Gerbe and defenseman Mike Weber have been assigned to the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League. Regier also announced that forward Adam Mair has Injured Non-Roster status because he did not pass his preseason physical. Once Mair passes his physical, he is eligible to be added to the roster. These moves leave the Sabres with a 23-man roster heading into Saturday’s season opener vs. Montreal.
Both Gerbe and Weber played most of last season with the Pirates.
Gerbe, the defending AHL Rookie-of-the-Year, scored 30 goals and 26 assists for 56 point in 57 games last season. His 30 goals were the most among all AHL rookies and he finished fifth in AHL rookie scoring. The forward also played 10 games with the Sabres collecting one assist.
Weber played 42 games with the Pirates last season registering a goal and seven assists for eight points. The third-year defenseman also played seven games with the Sabres last season without registering a point.
The Pirates play their final pre-season game tonight (Wednesday) when the University of New Brunswick Reds visit the Portland Ice Arena for a 7 p.m. start. All ages, general admission tickets are only $7 and are available at the Pirates Office (located at 94 Free Street in Portland), by calling (207) 828-4665 ext. 350 or by visiting https://www.formspring.com/forms/Pirates-Exhibition_games.
The Pirates open the 2009-2010 American Hockey League regular season with a pair of road games. Saturday, October 3rd the Pirates will be in Springfield to meet the Falcons followed by a Friday, October 9th game against the River Rats in Albany. Both games can be heard live on Atlantic Coast Radio's WLOB 95.5FM beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45 p.m.
The Pirates 2009-2010 home opener will take place on Saturday, October 10th when the Providence Bruins visit the CCCC for a 7 p.m. start. Tickets for the home opener, as well as all other Pirates home games at the CCCC, go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 25th by calling (207) 775-3458, visiting the CCCC Box Office or go on-line at portlandpirates.com
COURTESY BUFFALO SABRES AND PORTLAND PIRATES