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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Dean Kennedy

(Born January 18, 1963) -- This veteran hockey player went by his middle name instead of his first name. If he hadn’t, the Sabres would have had Edward Kennedy on the blue line.

The defenseman was born in Saskatchewan and played his junior hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Kings kept him out West by making him a second-round draft choice in 1983.

It took a little while, but Kennedy finally arrived in the NHL in 1985. He was a classic defensive defenseman, getting a career-high six goals in 1986-87.

Kennedy moved on to the Rangers in 1989, but didn’t stay there long as he went back to the Kings. He landed with the Sabres in October, 1989, for a draft choice and stayed two years here. In 1989-90, Kennedy was part of a team that compiled one of the best regular season records in the league, but the Sabres were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

Kennedy went to Winnipeg in a seven-player trade in 1991, but promptly hurt his knee and missed most of the season. He stayed a Jet for three years, and ended his career with the Oilers in 1994-95.

--- Budd Bailey

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