Otters’ grad Phil Varone signs with Buffalo Sabres

The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League are proud to announce that alumnus Phil Varone has signed an entry-level contract with the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres.


A native of Vaughan, Ont., Varone was acquired by the Otters on October 26, 2010 and proceeded to have a career year in his overage season. The center amassed 33 goals and 48 assists for 81 points in his only season with the Otters.


This season with the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans, Varone has a team-high 35 assists and 43 points. The Americans are the AHL affiliate of the Sabres.


Varone joins two former Otters who are signed by the Sabres. Brad Boyes, the Otters’ all-time leading point scorer; and Shawn Szydlowski, who is currently teammates with Varone on Rochester.

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