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By Amy Moritz

NEWS SPORTS REPORTER

You’ll have to excuse the enthusiasm of a little brother.

The Buffalo Sabres could not officially claim Cory Conacher off waivers until noon on Wednesday but as talk of the deal circulated via social media, Shane Conacher took to Twitter to welcome his older brother back to Buffalo.

“He kinda jumped the gun on that,” Cory said.

It’s understandable.

Shane, a freshman at Canisius College, is among the Golden Griffins who are pretty pumped that favorite son Cory will be playing down the street for the Sabres.

Conacher holds 12 program records at Canisius, including the team’s all-time totals in points (147) and goals (62). It’s not just his success at becoming an NHL player that has been fun for the Ice Griffs to follow but the way in which he has earned his chances.

“Cory knows how many people have written him off,” Canisius coach Dave Smith said. “He’s willing to create an opportunity to succeed and it’s so much fun to watch because he’s just like one of those little trains that’s ‘I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. Oh, I did.’ It’s a great inspiration but it’s fun. Cory loves hockey and Cory believes in Cory Conacher and for us to be spectators for that ride, we can all learn from it.

“I think the only piece missing from his game at the NHL level is he needs to get back to producing with poise. He’s so fast, he needs to just produce with poise. I saw him do that in the American league. I’ve seen it on occasion in the National Hockey League. I know he’s grown and developed and he’ll continue to do that.”

email: amoritz@buffnews.com