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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Up in the rafters

   November 22, 2005 -- It took almost a quarter-century for the Buffalo Sabres to honor one of their all-time greats. Then again, Danny Gare probably will say it was worth the wait to see his uniform number retired by the Sabres on this night.

   Gare was a big part of the Sabres' teams during his time in Buffalo, which stretched from 1974 to 1981. He had 500 points in 503 games here.

   Gare did a lot of running around in the days leading up to the ceremony. That only stood to reason for someone who had the nickname of "Tickets," as he was always asking his Sabre teammates for spare tickets for games.

   "It's a little hectic, yeah, but that's a good hectic," Gare said before the ceremony. "You never know until it really happens as far as how your emotions will rise and fall, but I think we're pretty much ready."

   Gare gave an emotional speech, then he watched his number (18) go up into the rafters. Number 18 joined the numbers of Gil Perreault, Rick Martin, Rene Robert and Tim Horton.

--- Budd Bailey

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