(Born on October 28, 1966) -- When Benoit Hogue scored for the Sabres at home in games against Winnipeg, the sound man had a song ready: “Benny and the Jets” by Elton John.
Hogue was a little small, but he was a good scorer. The forward had 108 points in 65 games in his last year of junior hockey, and that caught the attention of the Sabres. They had drafted him the year before in 1985 in the second round.
Hogue arrived in Buffalo for good in 1988. He scored 44 points in his rookie season, and he showed a mean streak with 120 penalty minutes - a career high. Hogue stayed with the Sabres until the fall of 1991.
Then Hogue was part of one of the biggest trades in Sabre history. He went in a package with Pierre Turgeon to the Islanders in exchange for Pat LaFontaine and others. Hogue had three straight 30-goal seasons for New York.
He went on to a long list of teams after that, including Toronto, Dallas (a Cup winner in 1999), Tampa Bay, Phoenix, Boston and Washington. Hogue retired in 2002.
--- Budd Bailey