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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Randy Cunneyworth

     (Born May 10, 1961) -- Randy Cunneyworth keeps coming back to Western New York ... for one reason or another.

     The forward played junior hockey in Ottawa and was an eighth-round draft choice by the Sabres in 1980. He spent most of the next four years with the Sabres' farm team in Rochester, although he did play 20 games with the Sabres in 1981-82.

     His stay in Western New York ended with a 1985 trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins that brought Pat Hughes to Buffalo. Cunneyworth found a home with the Penguins, scoring 35 goals in the 1987-88 season.

     The left winger bounced to Winnipeg from there, and then journeyed through Hartford, Chicago and Ottawa. Finally, in 1998-99, he landed back in Buffalo. Cunneyworth played his last game in the NHL in Game Six of the NHL finals.

     After a year as a player/coach in Rochester, Cunneyworth was a head coach of the Amerks for eight years. That landed him an assistant coach's spot with Atlanta for two years.

     This year, after starting in the minors, Cunneyworth was promoted to head coach of the Montreal Canadiens. In that role, he returned to Buffalo a few times as a visitor.

--- Budd Bailey

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