(Born September 21, 1970) -- If John Tavares will be considered the all-time greatest Buffalo Bandit, then a new title is needed for Darris Kilgour. He’s been with the team in one capacity or another for most of its existence. How about “the face of the franchise?”
Kilgour grew up in Niagara County and went to Niagara-Wheatfield High School. He was an original Bandit in 1992, and scored 23 goals in eight games in that rookie season. Kilgour and the Bandits won a championship that year.
It was more of the same a year later, and in 1996. The forward stayed with the team through 1999, when he was traded to Rochester. Kilgour spent one more year in the game for Albany, and then retired.
A year later, Kilgour was picked as the coach of the Washington Power. He spent two seasons there, and then came back to Buffalo. With the Bandits he has served as coach of the team since 2003, and has served as general manager at times as well.
Kilgour is the league’s all-time leader in coaching wins, and is in the league’s Hall of Fame and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
--- Budd Bailey