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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Dave Hannan

(Born November 26, 1961) -- If you could pick someone to score one of the biggest goals in Buffalo Sabres history, you probably wouldn’t choose a veteran known more for his defense than his scoring. Dave Hannan was in the right place at the right time.

The forward was not a typical hockey success story. He was born in distant Sudbury, Ontario, and played for three different junior teams. Hannan was picked very late in the 1981 Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

That started him on a career that bounced him around a bit. It included stops in Edmonton and Toronto, and he even played on the 1992 Olympic team for Canada that won a silver medal.

Hannan came to Buffalo from Toronto in 1992, and spent four fine seasons here. He’s best known, of course, for scoring an overtime goal in the middle of the night against New Jersey in Game Six of the 1994 playoff series.

From there, Hannan moved on to Colorado and helped the Avalanche win a Stanley Cup. That was his second Cup. He played one more year for Ottawa and retired in 1997.

--- Budd Bailey

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