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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Pierre Turgeon

(Born August 28, 1969) -- The Buffalo Sabres were hoping that history would repeat itself in 1987. It didn’t quite work out that way.

The Sabres had the first pick in the NHL Entry Draft in 1987. The first time that had happened to them in 1970, they took a center from Quebec named Gil Perreault, who stayed through 1986 and became an all-time great.

The Sabres had hopes that another center from Quebec would do well. Turgeon had scored 154 points in 58 games in his final year of junior, and jumped right into the NHL in 1987-88. It took him a year to get the hang of the place, but by 1990 Turgeon was one of the top scorers in the league with 106 points.

By the fall of 1991, though, the Sabres needed a star to help sell the idea of a new arena in Buffalo. They thought the Islanders’ Pat LaFontaine had that star power, so those two players were the centerpiece of a huge deal.

Turgeon later played for the Canadiens, Blues, Stars, and Avalanche. When he was done in 2006, Turgeon had scored 515 goals. Interestingly enough, Perreault finished with 512.

--- 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.