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York native Connor Knapp made his NHL debut in the Sabres’ 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins this afternoon.

Knapp entered the game in relief of starter Matt Hackett, who was injured midway through the third period after a collision with Boston’s Torey Krug. Hackett was taken off on a stretcher with what appeared to be a serious leg injury.

The 23-year-old goaltender was born in York, and attended McQuaid Jesuit High School until tenth grade before going on to play with, ironically, the Boston Junior Bruins.

After two seasons in Boston, Knapp went on to start four seasons for the Miami University in Ohio, where he posted a record of 46-22-11 record for the Redhawks. He was also given the Best Goaltender Award for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in 2012.

He was selected by the Sabres with the 164th pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, and upon graduation, he signed an entry level contract with Buffalo.

The 6-foot-6 net-minder played seven games for the Rochester Americans of the AHL during the 2012-2013 season before being sent down to the Greenville Road Warriors of the East Coast Hockey League. This season Knapp has played for three different teams in the ECHL including Greenville, the Alaska Aces, and the Florida Everblades before being called up to the Amerks in March. He posted a record of 11-12-5 in the ECHL and a record of 0-2 in Rochester.

The Sabres recalled Knapp from Rochester after Nathan Lieuwen suffered a concussion in Sunday’s loss to Philadelphia.

Knapp became the sixth Buffalo goaltender to see minutes this season after the trade of Ryan Miller and season-ending injuries to Jhonas Enroth, Michal Neuvirth, Lieuwen and Hackett. He is also the ninth goaltender to dress this year.

The rookie stopped 6-of-7 shots in just over eleven minutes of play.

It is highly expected that Knapp will make his first NHL start in tomorrow’s regular season finale against the New York Islanders, which can be heard on AM 1490 WBTA or online at wbtai.com.

Face-off is set for 5 p.m.
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