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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Rich Kilgour

(Born January 14, 1969) -- It’s not easy to carve out a name in the sports world when your brother has had a successful career in the same sport. Yet Rich Kilgour had done exactly that over the years.

Rich and brother Darris grew up in Niagara County and went to Niagara-Wheatfield High School. Rich finished playing lacrosse there in 1990, and wondered how much longer he’d get to play the game.

No matter what he guessed at the time, it was low. Rich stayed for 18 seasons, winning four championships along the way. Rich Kilgour wasn’t the scorer that Darris was, but he did do a lot of the dirty work – taking faceoffs, grabbing loose balls, etc. The veteran retired after the 2009 season.

Kilgour started life after playing as a coach in the college ranks, but the call of the Bandits proved irresistible. He landed an assistant coaching spot with Buffalo, working with his brother the head coach. Rich remains in that capacity to this day, and is known as much for his good nature as his knowledge of the game.

Kilgour has spent much of the past couple of years receiving honors. The Bandits have retired his jersey number, the National Lacrosse League has placed him in its Hall of Fame, and he’s a member of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

--- Budd Bailey

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