In the coming days, I'll be giving you all a look into the history of the Buffalo Sabres. I'll be doing an article featuring the 10 greatest people to have been involved with the organization.
Today's feature person didn't spend a lot of time with Buffalo (just five years, actually), but his time there was something to be remembered by the city.
Dale Hawerchuk began his career as a junior hockey phenom for the Cornwall Royals before being selected first overall in the 1981 Draft by the Winnipeg Jets.
Hawerchuk didn't join the team until the 1990 NHL Entry Draft when he was dealt from the Jets for Jeff Parker, Scott Amiel, and Phil Housley. Coming to the team, Hawerchuk was a scoring star, having posted six seasons of 100+ points with Winnipeg.
It was obvious coming in that Hawerchuk wasn't the same scoring star he was during his younger days (he came off two sub-par, at least by his standards, seasons before being traded to the Sabres), but his impact was felt.
He would post back-to-back great years in 1991-92 and 1992-93, with 98 and 96 points, respectively. His tenure would end after the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, parting ways with the team and leaving for St.Louis.
Though his time was short, he was a memorable player and a tremendous scorer who carved out a chunk of his Hall of Fame career with the Sabres.
Hawerchuk narrowly made this list as I considered this spot for Darcy Regier (the man who has built the ultra-competitive, over-achieving Sabres clubs of recent memory) and Phil Housley (arguably the greatest American-born defenseman ever).
Stay tuned for the next feature.