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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Carl Voss

(Born on January 6, 1907) -- We have to go way, way back into Buffalo’s hockey past to find this standout. Carl Voss probably wasn’t the first “star” in the city’s pro hockey history, but he was close.

Voss was born in Massachusetts, but moved to Canada at a young age and picked up the game there. After some time in the Toronto area, including a two-game stint with the Maple Leafs, the forward landed in Buffalo for the 1929-30 season.

He stayed for three seasons, and got better each time. Voss finished with 41 points in 1931-32. That led the league in scoring, and he helped Buffalo win the second of two straight championships.

At that point, Voss was dealt by the Bisons to the New York Rangers for Lorne Carr and $15,000 - a tidy sum by 1932 standards. You’d have to say he was ready for the NHL then, because he won rookie of the year honors in 1932-33 - the first-ever Calder Trophy winner.

The center played for a variety of teams in 1938. Then he retired and moved into an administrative role in officiating. In fact, Voss was the NHL’s referee-in-chief for 15 years, and that helped get him into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder in 1974.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.