Canisius planning to play at Webster Block

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The Buffalo Sabres development proposal for the Webster Block was given the go-ahead Wednesday from the City of Buffalo. Team owner Terry Pegula’s $123 million “HARBORcenter” includes a hotel, sports bar, parking structure and a dual-surface ice rink that will likely be the future home of Canisius’ Division I hockey team.

“Our hope, and I know their hope, is that we would be an anchor tenant for them down there,” Canisius athletic director Bill Maher said. “That would mean that our Division I hockey program would have a locker room down there and would practice down there and we would have our competition down there.”

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Griffs get another guard

Add Dominique Raney to the crowded Canisius backcourt. The junior college transfer was on campus Monday and is expected to receive one of the Griffs’ two remaining scholarships.

Raney was listed as a freshman last year at Navarro College. His numbers weren’t great — 3.7 points and .77 assists per game — but ESPN recruiting scored him an 85, which is the highest a Canisius recruit has been rated since the scores started in 2006. The highest any Griff had previously been scored was an 80, given to both Alshwan Hymes and Chris Manhertz (Freddy Asprilla has four stars but score).

Signs also point to forward Tyrel Edwards joining the Griffs. Rumored to be joining the team for months, he tweeted he was in class today, told a friend he was in Buffalo, and, although it could be someone else, a “Tyrel Edwards” appears on the Canisius listserv (as do Raney, Jermaine Johnson, Phil Valenti, etc.).

Raney makes the seventh guard on the team, joining Billy Baron, Isaac Sosa, Harold Washington, Hymes, Reggie Groves and Johnson.

Hopefully the Jesuits will teach Edwards (aka Mr. SteelYourGirl) how to spell “steal” … unless he’s going for the double entendre that would fit the rest of his tweets. Mr. December 23rd has apparently since changed his Twitter handle.

Billy Baron won’t use scholarship

Not only did Canisius basketball coach Jim Baron get a starting guard in his son, Billy, he won’t even have to spend a scholarship to do it.

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