(Born April 1, 1941) -- Minor-league stars always carry a special place in the hearts of their fans. Guy Trottier was like that, and he has the added advantage of serving as Buffalo's last minor-league hockey star.
Trottier was born in the province of Quebec, and started his professional career in the Eastern Hockey League in 1963. He worked his way up the ladder before arriving in Buffalo during the 1967-68 season.
The winger had 35 points in 41 games during his first season in Buffalo, and even got to play in a couple of games for the NHL's New York Rangers that season. Trottier took another step up in 1968-69, when he had 45 goals and 37 assists for 82 points.
The Bisons' 1969-70 season was slightly overshadowed by the fact that Buffalo was granted an expansion franchise in the NHL in Dec. 1969. But if the Bisons were headed for extinction, Trottier helped to make sure they went out as winners. The winger had 55 goals as Buffalo won the American Hockey League's championship.
Trottier spent the next two years in Toronto with the Maple Leafs, and then he jumped to the World Hockey Association. Trottier's last pro hockey stop was with the Buffalo Norsemen in 1975-76, where he still had a scoring touch with 36 goals in 56 games.
The former Bisons' great was brought back to Buffalo as part of the festivities when Memorial Auditorium was being torn down. He seemed genuinely pleased that so many fondly remembered him.
--- Budd Bailey
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