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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Cross over the bridge

   November 19, 1928 -- Once upon a time, a Buffalo team played its games in a different city ... in a different country.

   No, this isn't like the Buffalo Bills playing in Orchard Park. It's the debut of the Buffalo Bisons, who played their first game in the Canadian Professional Hockey League. They played their home games in Fort Erie, at the Peace Bridge Arena.

   The first game was in London (Ont.) against the Panthers. The news wasn't good, as the Bisons dropped a 3-2 loss in overtime. Harry Lott had the first goal in team history at 13 minutes of the first period.

   The Bisons didn't win a game until December 7 that year, and went on to a 17-18-7 record in that initial season. Rollie Huard was the team's leading scorer with 18 goals and eight assists for 26 points. The best nickname on that team might have belonged to Burton Lederman. They called him "Gamey."

   The team lasted until 1936. After a four-year wait, Buffalo entered the American Hockey League in 1940.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.