Former Buffalo Sabre Richie Dunn has died at the age of 59, the team announced Wednesday.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Sabres alum Richie Dunn at age 59. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” the Sabres said on their official Twitter account.
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported Dunn died at his Clarence home Tuesday. No cause of death was immediately given.
Dunn, a native of Boston, Mass., was signed by the Sabres as a free agent in 1977. He played 25 games for Buffalo in his first pro season. By the 1979-80 season the defenseman was a regular in the Sabres lineup, playing all 80 regular season games with 38 points. His best season came in 1981-82 when he notched 49 points (seven goals, 42 assists).
Dunn was part of a trade along with goaltender Don Edwards that sent the pair to Calgary in 1982-83. He then played two seasons in Hartford before returning to Buffalo in 1985. He spent the next four seasons between the Sabres and the Rochester Americans, retiring in 1990.
His career NHL stats are 27 goals, 105 assists and 235 penalty minutes.
In Rochester, his best season came in 1986-87 when he registered 32 points to lead all Amerks’ defensemen in scoring and earn First All-Team honors in the American Hockey League. In the postseason he had seven points in 18 games as the Amerks won the Calder Cup.
In March he was inducted into the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame.