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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Dave Andreychuk

(Born September 29, 1963) -- Dave Andreychuk also could score goals. He did for the Sabres ... twice, in fact.

The big left winger scored 57 goals in 67 games for Oshawa in his last year of junior hockey. That got the attention of the Sabres, who made him a first-round draft pick in 1982 (16th overall).

Andreychuk had 10 straight 20-plus goal seasons as a Sabre. His high was 41 in 1991-92. He was headed for an even better year a season later when he went to Toronto in the deal for Grant Fuhr. Andreychuk finished with 44 goals in 1992-93.

From there it was on to New Jersey, Boston and Colorado. When the Sabres needed a little help in 2000-01, they reached out to sign Andreychuk as a free agent. He had 20 goals for them.

But it didn’t quite work out, and the forward moved on to Tampa Bay. In 2004, he got to do something he never did here - lift the Stanley Cup. Andreychuk still works for the Lightning front office.

--- Budd Bailey

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