FEATURE: Sam Christiano Commits to SUNY Cortland

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Sam Christiano #89 of the Buffalo Jr Sabres skates with the puck during the pregame warm-up at the LECOM Harborcenter on January 16, 2024 (Photo by Cameron Ernst / OJHL Images)

This week Wheatfield, New York native and Jr. Sabres forward Sam Christiano (’03) announced his commitment to SUNY Cortland. Christiano played in 15 regular season games as well as six playoff games for the Jr. Sabres. Christiano had three goals and eight assists for the season.

Of Christiano, General Manager and Head Coach Sean Wallace said, “As we approached the trade deadline we were looking for a player we could bring in to elevate our forward group. Sam was the right piece.”

Christiano provided a dynamic dimension to the Jr. Sabres offense, and has been a strong veteran presence on and off the ice. Christiano played over 81 games between the North American Hockey League, where he had six goals and 16 assists. Cortland plays in the SUNYAC and currently sits in 12th place in the country USCHO poll. Cortland finished fourth in the SUNYAC conference this season.

Wallace added, “Sam had multiple years of junior experience, is a very smart player that can also do tremendous things with the puck. Sam helped push our group down the stretch and was a pleasure to have him in the blue and gold.”

The entire Jr. Sabres organization congratulates Sam on his commitment to Cortland and wish Sam all the best in his next chapter. We are excited to see him move on to Cortland for his next four years.