RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, GERMANY - Imagine being thousands of miles away serving your country and getting the once in a lifetime chance to meet your hometown hockey heroes up close and personal.
That's exactly what happened Monday morning to the Bridon family of West Seneca. Major Dan Bridon is a career Army man and graduate of Canisius College. He and his wife Diane and their three children have been stationed in Germany for the past four years.
Major Bridon's dad, David, also of West Seneca, said when the Army unit was looking for someone to show Coach Lindy Ruff and the team around the medical facility, his son enthusiastically volunteered.
There was just one problem though; the Bridon family didn't have any of the current Sabre gear on hand for the team to autograph. No worries. Grandma and Grandpa Bridon came to the rescue, managing to slip a care package containing five new jerseys with a member of the Sabres staff making the trip with the team.
From the smile on Major Bridon's face, the experience was, no doubt, one of the highlights of his career. According to his dad, his son and family hope to return stateside in about two years.
The Sabres' visited with other injured military at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center on the Ramstein Air Base.
Channel 2's Adam Benigni is traveling with the team. You can follow him on Twitter at wgrzsports.