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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History; Brad Boyes -- April 17, 1982

You'd have to think Brad Boyes knows how to take orders from authority figures. He's been doing it all his life. Boyes grew up in suburban Toronto; his mother was a teacher and his father was a school principal.

Boyes played hockey and roller hockey growing up, but obviously it's a bit easier to make a living with the game played on ice. The forward played his junior hockey with the Erie Otters, and he was drafted in the first round by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2000.

Boyes never made it to Toronto as a Maple Leaf. He was traded to San Jose in a deal involving Owen Nolan. Then he went to Boston in a three-way deal that included the Sabres. You might remember Jeff Jillson coming to Buffalo in the transaction, while Curtis Brown landed in San Jose.

Boyes landed in the NHL for keeps in 2005, and he had 26 goals and 43 assists for 69 points in his first full season. That put him on the all-rookie team. But he was off to St. Louis for defenseman Dennis Wideman in February 2007.

Boyes had 43 goals and 33 goals in his first two full seasons in St. Louis. But he slumped after that, and the Sabres acquired him for a second-round draft choice in February 2011. Boyes has been here since.

-- Budd Bailey

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