When Sabres draft pick Justin Bailey was a child growing up in the Buffalo area, he received a recommendation from veteran NHLer Danny Briere, through a friend, to read the book "Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence," co-authored by Gary Mack and David Casstevens.
"It was great to have a guy like that show me a book to help my game," said Bailey, who was inspired by the book. "I was probably 11 or 12 years old and I actually bought another copy to re-read it. The thing that I think separates a good hockey player from a great hockey player is dedication and work ethic. If you can get a mental edge over guys, you'll be set. That's what the book describes." Bailey has always been impressed with Briere's style of play. "He's so calm on the ice, so silent, and he scores a lot of goals," Bailey said. "Hearing a recommendation from a guy like that to read that book was great because I knew it would help my game." Bailey's dad, Carlton Bailey, spent a decade in the NFL as a linebacker with the Bills. When he lived in Buffalo with his mother, he was introduced to ex-Sabres players Rob Ray, Michael Peca and Matthew Barnaby, all of whom lived in the same condominium building.