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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Rhett Warrener

(Born on January 27, 1976) -- Rhett Warrener made quite an impact during his relatively short time as a Sabre. That’s not a deliberate pun on his aggressive style of play, although it could be.

Warrener was born and raised in Saskatchewan, and spent three full years with the Saskatoon Blades. He was the second-round draft choice of the Florida Panthers in 1994.

After finishing junior hockey, it took Warrener less than a year to break into the Florida lineup. He was a regular on the 1996 team that reached the Stanley Cup final, only to lose to Colorado. He stayed until March of 1999, when he was dealt to the Sabres for Mike Wilson.

Buffalo was happy about the way that came out. Warrener fit in well and helped the Sabres reach the Stanley Cup finals. He was hurt in Game Five against Dallas; maybe he could have made a difference in Game Six.

Warrener stayed in Buffalo until 2003, when he was traded to the Flames for Chris Drury. The defenseman played the final four years of his career in Calgary, and is reportedly a morning radio host there now.

--- Budd Bailey

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