Sabres 1-on-1: WNY native Justin Bailey

The Williamsville native talks about playing for his hometown team

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Justin Bailey grew up rooting for the Buffalo Sabres. Now he plays for them, making his home debut Friday night against the Montreal Canadiens.

Bailey has played at First Niagara Center before, however. It’s just been a long time.

“I was eight or nine and and it was pretty cool getting on the ice,” Bailey said. “The coolest thing was how loud the board were when you’d bang into them so we guys trying to hit guys to make the noise off the boards.”

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma was impressed with Bailey’s debut in Philadelphia, where he registered 7 shots.

“I would love to see him duplicate exactly how he played last night,” Bylsma said Friday morning. “What you saw last night is how he has been playing. Speed up the wing, forcing teams with that speed and size and I think the biggest thing in his game is his ability to play down low.”

Bailey played high school hockey for Canisius. He’ll wear number 56 for the Sabres. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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