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Melissa Burgess has found the perfect way to combine her two passions - writing and hockey. She has written for several outlets over the last ten years covering topics such as the Buffalo Sabres, prospects and women's hockey. A born-and-raised Buffalonian, Melissa has been enthusiastic about the city's hockey for as long as she can remember. In addition to writing at Die By the Blade, Melissa covers women's hockey at The Victory Press and writes features for Canisius College's men's hockey team.

NHL Scouting Combine Returns to Buffalo

The scouting combine returns to the Queen City for the first time since 2019.

2022 Player Report Card: Casey Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald’s season was very blah.

2022 Player Report Card: Mattias Samuelsson

Samuelsson is a budding young defenseman with a bright future.

Amerks Win, Move on to Laval

Rochester beats Utica to advance to the third round for the first time since 2004.

2022 Player Report Card: Mark Jankowski

Jankowski’s time in the NHL was nothing special, but his AHL impact is felt.

How Sabres Fans Can Help Buffalo’s East Side Community

Buffalo is the City of Good Neighbors; let’s all step up in this time of need.

DBTB Predicts: Stanley Cup Playoffs, Second Round

Our predictions are in, once again.

Amerks Win Twice, Lead Series

A pair of weekend overtime wins have the Amerks in a nice spot.

When Words Aren’t Enough

A note from the editor.

2022 IIHF World Championships: Day 2

Cozens, Hayden kick off tournament with their national teams.