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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Gerry Meehan

(Born September 3, 1946) -- Gerry Meehan’s career with the Buffalo Sabres had two acts - one on the ice, one off of it. That puts him in rather select company.

Meehan started his pro hockey career when he was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1963. He bounced to Philadelphia before coming to the Sabres in 1970 in the expansion draft.

Here he saw regular duty for the first time in the NHL, and did well. The center had at least 19 goals in his four full seasons here. Meehan’s goal in the final seconds of the final game of the 1971-72 season knocked the Flyers’ out of the playoffs.

After a few more stops with other organizations, Meehan retired and graduated from UB’s law school in 1982. Two years later he became assistant general manager of the Sabres under Scotty Bowman, and moved up to the GM’s job in 1986.

He stayed in that job until 1993, when he was promoted to executive vice president. Meehan left the Sabres in 1994, and moved to Toronto.

--- Budd Bailey

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