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FORT ERIE, Ont. – More than 100,000 NEXUS cards have been issued in the Buffalo-Niagara region to speed border crossings.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported Sunday that a youth hockey player from Niagara Falls, Ont. became the 100,000th NEXUS cardholder on Friday. An event was held to celebrate the milestone. Buffalo Sabres mascot Sabretooth and team announcer Rick Jeanneret presented 13-year-old Seth Hollett with a Sabres sweater.

The NEXUS program allows pre-screened, low-risk travelers to proceed with little or no delay into the United States and Canada through a designated lane at border crossings.

Travelers can apply for NEXUS online at www.cbp.gov.