Former Sabres captain Peca tabbed junior team GM

Former Buffalo Sabres captain Michael Peca was hired as the new

general manager of the Buffalo Junior Sabres on Thursday.

The 37-year-old Peca, who became a fan favorite in his five

years with the Sabres, will be in charge of scouting the local

hockey talent pool and building the junior hockey program that has

been in existence since 1975.

Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association and Junior Sabres president

Larry Playfair made the announcement. The Sabres Alumni Association

operates the team.

Former Sabres defenseman Grant Ledyard is the coach of the club,

and former right wing Ric Seiling was hired Thursday as the new

play-by-play announcer for the games that are streamed live

online.

The Junior Sabres play in the Ontario Junior Hockey League, and

have helped develop NHL players such as Brian Gionta, Todd Marchant

and Ryan Callahan.