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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Craig Rivet

(Born September 13, 1974) -- Some people like to play hockey, some people need to play hockey. Craig Rivet probably qualifies as the latter.

Rivet started his career with Kingston (Ont.) in junior hockey, where he scored 19 goals in one season. The defenseman probably had visions of being an offensive standout at the blue line.

It didn’t work out that way. Rivet was drafted by the Canadiens, where he became a good defensive defenseman. He reached his career high of eight goals in 2001-02. From there it was on to San Jose in a trade, and Rivet was a Shark for a little more than a season.

In 2008, he became a Sabre in a trade for draft choices. Rivet earned enough respect that he was named captain of the team at one point. The defenseman spent two-plus seasons in Buffalo, but eventually lost his job and went to Columbus on waivers. The Blue Jackets let him go in 2011.

But he wasn’t done yet. Rivet grabbed a pile of hockey sticks and drove down to Elmira. There he played a season with the Jackals of the ECHL.

--- Budd Bailey

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