STORRS, Conn. - Former UConn standout Cole Schneider will make his National Hockey League (NHL) debut on Friday night with the Buffalo Sabres. Schneider, from Williamsville, N.Y., a suburb of Buffalo, was called up to the Sabres from AHL Rochester on Thursday and will make his debut at home against Columbus Friday night.
Schneider skated for the Huskies for two seasons in 2010-11 and 2011-12, playing in 75 games while scoring 78 points on 36 goals and 42 assists. As a freshman, Schneider set new UConn Division I scoring records for a rookie with 33 points. He had 13 goals and also set the rookie assist record with 20 helpers.
As a sophomore, he put up 45 points on 23 goals and 22 assists, finishing second in Atlantic Hockey in scoring. He tied for the league lead with 23 goals. His 45 points and 23 goals are still an UConn Division I single season records.
After his sophomore season, Schneider signed a two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators and spent five seasons with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL) before being traded to Buffalo this past February. He was assigned to the Rochester Americans of the AHL and in 15 games scored three goals with nine assists. Prior to coming to the Buffalo organization, Schneider had posted 42 points (17g/25a) in 54 games with Binghamton.
Schneider becomes the second former Husky and first since 1998 to play in the NHL. Former UConn great Todd Krygier piled up 200 career points for the Huskies from 1984-88 before signing as a free agent with the Hartford Whalers. Krygier spent nine seasons in the NHL playing with the Whalers, Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks.
The Buffalo Sabers, eliminated from playoff contention, will close out their season this weekend hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight and traveling to Brooklyn tomorrow to face the New York Islanders. Visit Sabres.NHL.com for game information.
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