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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Brad May

(Born November 29, 1971) -- All together now, it’s “May Day.”

Brad May will always be fondly remembered by Sabres’ fans. He was the team’s first-round draft choice in 1990, and the Sabres had hopes that they had drafted a tough customer with a scoring touch and some leadership ability.

May moved into the lineup in 1991. He was tough - 309 penalty minutes as a rookie. But it took a while for him to show he could score a big goal. It came in 1993, as his overtime goal finished off a sweep of the Bruins to give the Sabres their first playoff win in a decade.

May stayed in Buffalo through 1998, when he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks for Geoff Sanderson. The left winger bounced to Phoenix, back to Vancouver, over to Colorado and then to Anaheim, where he won a Stanley Cup in 2007.

In 2009, May played the 1,000th NHL game of his career ... against the Sabres. That’s pretty good for someone who battled chronic shoulder problems. May eventually retired in 2010.

--- Budd Bailey

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