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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Pat Hughes

     (Born March 25, 1955) -- It's not often that an NHL team gets to acquire a player with a Stanley Cup ring collection. The Buffalo Sabres did that when they added Pat Hughes in 1985.

     Hughes was an Alberta native who was drafted in the third round in 1975 by the Canadiens. He had two years in the minors in which he scored exactly 68 points in each year, and that earned him a promotion to Montreal in 1978. There he helped the Canadiens win the Cup in 1978-79.

     When Ken Dryden retired in the summer of 1979, the Canadiens swapped a package that included Hughes to Pittsburgh for goalie Denis Heron. The forward spent almost two years as a Penguin before going to Edmonton at the trading deadline in March, 1981. Hughes stayed with the Oilers through 1985, and won Cups in 1984 and 1985.

     The Sabres added Hughes in a three-cornered trade with Pittsburgh and Edmonton involving Randy Cunneyworth and Mike Moller. Sadly for Buffalo, championships stopped following Hughes around at that point. He had four goals and nine assists in a Sabres' uniform in 1985-86.

     Hughes played one more season in the NHL (St. Louis and Hartford) before retiring. He reportedly now serves as a policeman at Ann Arbor, Mich.

--- 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.