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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Pat McCready

(Born October 18, 1974) -- Pat McCready has been around the block in his lacrosse career. He’s also been around the lake ... Lake Erie, that is.

The defender was born in St. Catharines and has played lacrosse throughout his life. He made his debut in the United States in 1996, when he broke in with the Charlotte Cobras - a team that didn’t last long.

McCready simply moved closer to his home town at that point. He joined the Rochester Knighthawks, and spent five seasons there. McCready became a member of the Buffalo Bandits as part of a seven-player swap before the 2002 campaign.

McCready, who works as a law enforcement official in St. Catharines, spent eight seasons with the Bandits. He was tough and could score a little. McCready’s father Bob was Buffalo’s first-ever coach in 1992.

Pat moved on to Toronto, but only for a year. He returned to Rochester in 2011, and spent the last two years there. He even has played with his cousin, Joel, for the Knighthawks.

--- Budd Bailey

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