Maine Hockey Journal

McCauley is excited to join the Sabres organization

When forward Dennis McCauley hits the ice in the fall, he’s surely going to become a quick fan favorite at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

As was first reported yesterday by Maine Hockey Journal, McCauley was signed by the Buffalo Sabres to one-year, two-way contract and is most likely bound for Buffalo’s AHL team, the Portland Pirates, but he understands that it’s part of the process to get to the NHL.

“It’s part of paying your dues,” he said.

Photo: Dan Hickling

After spending last season with the Worcester Sharks where McCauley scored 14 points in 45 games there were several teams after his services – all North American teams – before settling on the Sabres.

“It was a good fit for me (signing with Buffalo),” said McCauley. “(Portland) is a great organization and they have a young team. I like the direction (Portland) is going in.”

McCauley grew up in Billerica, Mass. with one of five other siblings including triplets where McCauley was the middle triplet in the family.

During the summer, he’d spend the summer in Old Orchard Beach where his family owns a home.

“Portland is such a beautiful city,” he said. “I’ve been going to Portland my entire life.”

McCauley’s agent Tim Sheehy views McCauley as a power forward that is not afraid of dropping the gloves and going into the dirty areas, if needed.

“(McCauley) is an up-and-coming player,” he said. “He’s got the size and likes (playing hard), but he’s got a good set of hands.”

“I think he’ll complement the team in Portland and/or Buffalo.”

At 6-3, 225-pounds, McCauley agreed.

“I’m big and I’d like to think of myself as a tough guy,” he said. “I’ll answer the bell when needed and I can score a goal here and there.”

McCauley showed his scoring prowess in the USHL during his two seasons with Sioux City Musketeers where he scored 30 goals, 30 assists for 60 points with 412 penalty minutes in 112 games before heading to Northeastern University.

In his four years with Northeastern, he scored 22 goals, 23 assists for 45 points in 129 games.

It wasn’t just Sabres’ General Manager Darcy Regier who persuaded McCauley to join the organization, but former Sioux City teammates Travis Turnbull, Tim Kennedy and Chris Butler all spoke to McCauley about playing in the organization.

McCauley said the biggest selling point was the potential to make the NHL roster in September, but if he should end up in Portland, he’s playing for one of the top head coaches in the AHL in Kevin Dineen.

“My agent (Tim Sheehy), former college coach Greg Cronin and Turnbull all spoke highly of Kevin (Dineen),” said McCauley. “(Dineen) works his players hard, but he gives you a chance to make it to the next level.”

Whether it’s scoring goals, “throwing knuckles” as McCauley puts it, he’s bound to have the fans sitting on the edge of their seats in October.

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