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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Brief departure

   March 28, 1999 -- Darris Kilgour has been closely associated with the Buffalo Bandits -- as either a coach or player -- for almost all of the franchise's history. However, few remember that he was actually a member of the opposition at one point.

    The News' Tom Borrelli had the story on the day the Bandits sent Kilgour down the Thruway in a deal:

   The Buffalo Bandits pulled the trigger on the biggest trade in the team's eight-year history Sunday.

    Eighth-year pro Darris Kilgour, a Niagara-Wheatfield High graduate who was one of three remaining original Bandits, will finish his pro career with the Rochester Knighthawks.

    Buffalo sent Kilgour, forward Dean Cecconi and a fourth-round pick in the 2000 entry draft to Rochester for forwards Chris Driscoll and Brent Rothfuss, as well as the Knighthawks' first- and second-round picks in the 1999 draft. The deal was completed just before Sunday's 5 p.m. league trade deadline.

    "I didn't request the trade but Kurt (Bandits general manager Silcott) has given me the chance to go for one last championship," said Kilgour, 28. "Originally we thought I was going to go to Baltimore but late Saturday, he told me that Rochester had upped the ante."

    Kilgour said he intends to retire after this season because of the chronic pain in his arthritic left hip. So in essence, the Knighthawks acquired him to make a run at the championship this year.

    Kilgour was the first draft choice the Bandits ever made, back in the fall of 1991. He was a second-team All-Pro as a rookie in '92 and a first-team All-Pro last year, when he scored 66 points in his most productive season. He was a member of three Major Indoor Lacrosse League championship teams in Buffalo ('92, '93 and '96).

   Learn more about the 1999 season.

--- Budd Bailey

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