(Born August 12, 1973) -- It’s an amusing coincidence - two of the best hockey players to come out of Western New York celebrate birthdays on back-to-back days. Today, it’s Todd Marchant’s turn.
Marchant wasn’t quite as good a prospect as Miller was. He came out of Williamsville East High School and landed at Clarkson University for college hockey. The forward was drafted by the Rangers in 1993.
Marchant only got one game in as a Ranger, as he was traded to the Oilers for Craig MacTavish. That started a nine-year run in Edmonton. Marchant had the thrill of any player’s lifetime when he scored a Game Seven goal in overtime to knock the Dallas Stars out of the playoffs. He scored three short-handed goals in that particular playoff season.
Marchant landed in Columbus in 2003, where he spent a little more than a season. Then it was on to Anaheim. Marchant missed part of the 2006-07 season, but came back for some of the playoffs. That worked out well - the Ducks won the Stanley Cup that year.
Marchant retired after a fine 17-year career in 2011. He still works in Anaheim’s front office.
--- Budd Bailey