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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History; Tim Kennedy -- born April 30, 1986

Professional sports can be a tough business. Ask Tim Kennedy.

The Buffalo-born hockey player got a chance to live out the childhood dream by playing with the Buffalo Sabres for a full year. Unluckily for him, that's all it was.

Kennedy played for the Buffalo Regals while growing up and moved on to Timon-St. Jude. He passed on an offer to play in the Ontario Hockey League, instead going to Michigan State. Washington originally drafted Kennedy in 2005, but immediately traded him to the Sabres.

Kennedy came out of college after three years to sign with the Sabres in 2008. After a year in the minors, the forward made the Buffalo roster coming out of training camp. He spent the season here, scoring 10 goals and 16 assists.

Kennedy went to arbitration in the summer of 2010, and was awarded a contract of $1 million. Alas, the Sabres walked away from the ruling and Kennedy was placed on waivers. Since then, Kennedy has gone from the Rangers to the Panthers to the Sharks.

-- Budd Bailey

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