The Rochester Americans announced that former Amerks and Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta will headline the team’s Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino Legends Night on Saturday, Dec. 30 when Rochester hosts the Laval Rocket at The Blue Cross Arena. Kaleta will sign autographs and pose for photos with the fans prior to the game from 6 to 7 p.m. in the upper atrium.
A hard-working forward known for his grittiness and tenacious style of play, Kaleta spent his entire 10-year pro career in the Buffalo Sabres organization, including his first two in Rochester that saw him produce 23 points (6+17) in 94 games with the Amerks. The Buffalo native went on to appear in 348 NHL games for his hometown Sabres, who selected him in the sixth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, finishing with 54 points (27+27) and 542 penalty minutes while also adding five points (2+3) in 12 postseason contests. He posted his best season as a Sabre during the 2009-10 campaign when he set NHL career-highs in goals (10), assists (5) and points (15) while helping Buffalo to its first of two straight playoff appearances.
After a brief seven-game stay with the Amerks during the 2013-14 campaign that was cut short due to a season-ending knee injury, Kaleta returned for his third stint in Rochester in 2015-16, scoring one goal with two assists in 26 games. He closed out his Amerks career totaling 26 points (8+18) and 277 penalty minutes in 120 games in the red, white and blue.
Kaleta currently serves as the Youth Hockey Ambassador for the Sabres and plays a leading role in introducing the game of hockey across Western New York through his Learn to Play program.
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