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This Day in Buffalo Sports History; Oct. 21, 1988 -- Playfair returns

Who says there are no second acts in American life? Larry Playfair had one.

The former first-round draft choice of the Sabres in 1978 became a regular with the team in 1979. He stayed in Buffalo through Jan. 30, 1986, when he was dealt to the Kings with Sean McKenna for Doug Smith and Brian Engblom.

But Buffalo got him back in 1988, giving up Bob Logan and a draft choice. Playfair hadn't seen much action for the Kings in that season, participating in only four games.

This deal was more popular with the team's front office than with the hockey department. Playfair was one of the hardest workers in team history in terms of working with the community and immediately reestablished a strong relationship with Western New York upon his return.

Playfair got plenty of playing time during the rest of the 1988-89 season, playing in 42 games. He suited up four more times in the 1989-90 campaign and then left the game. Playfair has remained an active member of the team's alumni and remains a fan favorite to this day.

-- Budd Bailey

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