Channeling Liam Neeson?

Devon Levi hopes to channel the force into next season, as his on ice persona is inspired by the popular franchise.
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This month, many people have been celebrating their love of Star Wars. With the unofficial holiday on May 4th (May the fourth be with you) and the 25th anniversary of the film, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, it has been an exciting month for the franchise. One Sabre is also a huge fan of the movies from a galaxy far, far, away.

Goalie Devon Levi is a big-time fan of the series and has demonstrated his fandom both on and off the ice. He has stated that his apartment in Buffalo is filled with Star Wars posters. On the ice, different versions of his helmets have featured lightsabers on them.

When Buffalo wears the goathead jerseys, Levi attached a few red lightsabers on the design. When they wear their blue jerseys, the goalie entering his third year with the Sabres incorporates lightsabers on the chin strap.

Perhaps Levi's strongest link to the popular films is his meditation routine while on the ice. He draws inspiration from the Liam Neeson character in the Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon Jinn. In the film, as he is engaged in a lightsaber battle, the character kneels to meditate while they are at a standstill. Levi has kneeled and meditated throughout many games, reminiscent of the character.

It seems Levi's use of the Jedi mind trick paid off last season. He emerged as a clear back up to Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. When he was recalled to the Sabres, he had a winning record going 10-8 on the season, with a save percentage of .899. His last win came on March 29th, against the New Jersey Devils when he made 30 saves in a 5-2 victory.

Devon is signed through next season. It doesn't matter to the Buffalo faithful how he gains confidence. Whether it be through practice on the ice or Jedi meditation, if he stays consistent, he'll become a fan favorite next season.