The hockey career of Jason Dawe divides up pretty neatly into halves. His problem is that the first half, the one that involved Buffalo, was by far the best half.
Dawe played junior hockey in Peterborough, Ont., and developed a scoring touch in 1990-91. The right winger had 43 goals in 66 games that season, and it helped him get taken in the second round of the NHL draft by the Sabres.
Dawe broke the 50-goal mark in his final two seasons in junior hockey, and then reached the pros. He split two seasons between Rochester and Buffalo, but seemed to find a spot in the Sabres' lineup with 25 goals in 1995-96. He had 22 more goals on the Sabres' 1996-97 team that won the division title.
But late in the 1997-98 season, Dawe was traded to the New York Islanders for Paul Kruse. The forward never found his scoring touch after that, and bounced from the Islanders to the Canadiens and the Rangers with plenty of minor league time along the way.
He finished his playing career with the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL in 2005. He's said to be a youth hockey coach there now.
-- Budd Bailey