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Patrick Kaleta rejoining Sabres organization

Patrick Kaleta rejoining Sabres organization
Posted at 11:32 AM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 12:06:32-05

Western New York native and former fan favorite Patrick Kaleta will once again join the Buffalo Sabres. This time, he won’t be dropping the gloves — but rather will serve as a Youth Hockey Ambassador, leading a learn to play program for local kids, while acting as a mentor for amateur hockey players.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work in the community in which I was born and raised, and to help grow the game of hockey among the youth of Western New York,” Kaleta said.

Kaleta was drafted in the sixth round of the 2004 NHL Draft. The 30-year-old played 348 games with the Buffalo Sabres, scoring 54 points over an eight year span.

"As a kid, it was always a dream of mine to become a Buffalo Sabre and now I’ll have the opportunity to help other young kids develop the same passion for hockey.”

The NHL Learn to Play initiative was influenced by USA Hockey and Hockey Canada’s youth programs, aiming to welcome and teach hockey not only to young players, but also their families.