BUFFALO, N.Y. - It was in the locker room just down the hall, and it was in a different uniform. But for Nikita Zadorov, where he sat on Wednesday afternoon was close enough to relive one of the greatest memories of his young life.
October 19, 2013, almost five years ago now; Zadorov made his NHL debut against the... wait for it... Colorado Avalanche, as an 18-year-old for the Buffalo Sabres.
"I couldn't sleep all night before the game," Zadorov told BSN Denver, after a practice for his current team, the Avalanche, at KeyBank Arena. "It was fun, though. It was just... cool."