The Buffalo Sabres reached the Stanley Cup finals during Danny Gare's rookie season, and the right winger was a good-sized reason why.
Gare was a second-round draft choice of the team in 1974. He had scored 68 goals in 65 games in his last year in junior hockey, but Gare wound up on a checking line with Don Luce and Craig Ramsay in 1974-75.
The best defensive line, naturally, spends all of its time in the other team's end. This group seemed to do that. Gare finished with 31 goals and 31 assists. A year later, he finished with 50 goals -- hockey's magic number.
The forward had 50-plus goals one other time (1979-80), and was a fine player with the Sabres through December 1981. That's when he was traded to Detroit in one of the biggest deals in franchise history.
Gare spent more than four years with Detroit and part of a season with Edmonton before retiring. He has done some coaching and television work since that time.
On November 22, 2005, Gare had his uniform No. 18 retired by the team.
-- Budd Bailey
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