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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Dave Snuggerud

     (Born June 20, 1966) -- When Dave Snuggerud was a rookie on the Buffalo Sabres during the 1989-90 season, one member of the team's front office said that Snuggerud was more valuable to the Sabres than he would be to a minor-league team. That summed up the skill set of this smart, defensive-minded forward nicely.

     Snuggerud was a Minnesota native who played college hockey at the University of Minnesota. He skipped a year to play with the U.S. Olympic team in 1988, and then played one more season as a Golden Gopher before signing with the Sabres.

     The winger skipped the minors and landed in Buffalo in 1989. He had 14 goals and 16 assists in 80 games. That was as good his statistics ever got, as he was a part of a Sabre team that had an outstanding regular season.

     Snuggerud played another 80 games the following season, but his ice time was decreasing as the 1991-92 campaign progressed. The Sabres dealt him to San Jose for Wayne Presley, which turned out to be an excellent deal for Buffalo.

     The Sharks kept him around for a while, but traded him to Philadelphia. That's where his NHL career ended in 1993, and he went back to college to get his degree. After a year off, Snuggerud finally made it to the minors, spending one season with the Minnesota Moose before retiring. He's now a sixth-grade science teacher.

--- Budd Bailey

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