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|Fast Facts -- Daniel Briere|
|• Playing for the Drummondville Voltigeurs, he led the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 1995-96 with 163 points (67 goals, 96 assists). • He was selected in the first round (24th overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 1996 entry draft. • He won the Dudley Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL's Rookie of the Year in 1997-98. • He helped Canada win gold at the 1997 World Junior Championships, as well as both the 2003 and 2004 World Championships. • He led the Coyotes in goals (32) during the 2001-02 season. • He was traded by Phoenix to Buffalo, along with a third-round draft pick, for Chris Gratton and a fourth-round draft pick. • He led the Sabres in points (65) during the 2003-04 season.|
|Daniel Briere has 13 goals and 20 assists in 27 games for the Sabres.|
A: [Laughs.] Well, it's not up to me to decide that. I would certainly love to go, there's no doubt about that. It would be a great honor to be able to represent the Sabres there. I watched a lot of All-Star Games growing up and just getting the chance to mingle with all the other stars around the league would certainly be a lot of fun and something I would be proud of. Q: Is there one player in particular you would love to get a chance to play with in that format? A: Sidney Crosby impresses me a lot. At the age he's at, you watch him play and he looks like he's been around the league for 10 years. The way he handles pressure and all the demands he faces both on and off the ice is really amazing. He is such a complete player and so effective, that's what impresses me the most. He never seems to make mistakes, so to get to play with him would be nice. Q: After all those Super Bowl losses from the Bills, and the fact they haven't made the playoffs in a few seasons, have the Sabres become Buffalo's team? A: I don't know if we're more popular than the Bills, but we're certainly up there. This is clearly a hockey town. Everywhere we go around town, people are excited about the team, going crazy for the Sabres. You definitely feel like the city is behind us, they believe in us and the atmosphere has changed totally since my first game here. Q: Aside from hockey, are you a sports fan? A: Oh, yeah. I love baseball and the NFL. I grew up an Expos fan, but now that the team is gone, I am an Arizona Diamondbacks fan. A few years ago, when I played for Phoenix, Mark Grace invited me to take batting practice with the team. It was fun, but I didn't hit any home runs. Q: Warning-track power? A: Not exactly, but I hit a few into the outfield. Man, hitting is tough. Robin Yount was pitching to me, so it was really cool, one of the best things I've had the chance to do. ESPN reporter David Amber is a frequent contributor to ESPN.com.