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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Hap Myers

(Born July 28, 1947) -- The first players of a pro sports expansion franchise always carry a little charm. The team usually isn’t good, filled with players who weren’t quite good enough to make a large impact on the old teams. And they usually aren’t good enough to hang around their new team for long.

When your first name is "Hap," you have an extra portion of charm.

Hap Myers was part of the Buffalo Sabres’ first season in 1970-71. He started his hockey career in the junior ranks in Edmonton, playing for the Oil Kings for several seasons.

Then it was on to the pros. The defenseman spent one year in Fort Worth and one year in Cleveland. Then the NHL expanded in the summer of 1970, and the Sabres claimed him in the reverse draft.

Myers only lasted 13 games with the Sabres in that first year. It would have been nice if he had a goal or an assist, but his only stats were six penalty minutes and a minus-11 rating. Then he was released and he landed in Salt Lake City. Myers spent the final three years of his career played for Buffalo’s farm team in Cincinnati.

Harold, we still remember you.

--- 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.