Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | January 10, 2012

Man of the Day 1/10: Patrick Kaleta

Patrick Kaleta

Born June 8, 1986 in Angora, New York, USA

Right winger for the Buffalo Sabres

Talk about homegrown! Patrick grew up in a suburb of Buffalo and played minor hockey in the area. Soon the Peterborough Petes came calling and drafted him in 2002. Two years later, in 2004, he was drafted to the NHL by his hometown team, the Sabres, and he spent two more years in the OHL, helping the Petes reach the Memorial Cup finals in 2006. Following that, he signed with the Sabres.

Patrick played with the Rochester Americans till he was called up on February 21, 2007 (hey, my birthday!) to play against the Ottawa Senators the next night. He not only got his first point (an assist) in that game but he got in his first fight! But he only played seven games in the NHL that season, and it would be a year before he got his first goal on February 10, 2008 against the Florida Panthers. After those two seasons, he became a regular on the Sabres roster.

"C'mere..."

Patrick’s been a naughty boy in the past year. In April 2011 during the Sabres’ playoff series with the Philadelphia Flyers, he opened the bench door on Nikolay Zherdev and made him fall into the bench, whoops! At the beginning of this season, he was suspended four games for head butting Jakub Voracek. Let’s hope he stays out of trouble for the rest of the season.

Here’s an interesting fact: Patrick’s only the fourth player from the Buffalo-Niagara region (that includes a portion of Ontario) to play for the Sabres! He joins Buffalo’s Peter Ciavaglia (1991-93) and and Scott Thomas (1992-94); Fort Erie, Ontario’s Randy Burridge (1995-98) and Hamilton, Ontario’s Dave Andreychuck (1982-93 and 200-01). Technically, there are five: South Buffalo’s Tim Kennedy joined the team after Patrick did. So far Patrick’s  gotten only 2 goals for this season, but he’s still making his hometown proud!

"Catch me, Patrick!"

– Krista


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