The Year Was 1995...

The last time an NHL team from Winnipeg graced the confines of the Buffalo Sabres home arena the year was 1995.  Can you remember much about that year?  I was in eighth grade.  A lot has changed in the 16 years since that date.  How much of this trivia from the mid 1990s do you remember?


  • The Buffalo Sabres were still playing home games at Memorial Auditorium.  Their current home, the First Niagara Center was still in the planning stages. 
  • Financial crisis is a buzzword in 2011, but in January of 1995 US President Bill Clinton gave the Mexican’s 20 Billion dollars to avert financial collapse. 
  • OJ Simpson was found not guilty of the double murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. 
  • Hurricane Opal (category three) makes landfall in Florida.   
  • Calvin and Hobbes, the wildly popular comic strip is published for the last time with original material.
  • The world population was only 5,674,380,000
  • Jerry Garcia died. 
  • Edmonton hosted the NHL draft, and for the first year, the draft order was formed by the draft lottery, as opposed to just how the teams finished. 
  • Buffalo Sabres drafted in 1995: Jay McKee, Martin Biron, Mark Dutiame, Mathieu Sunderland, Matt Davidson, Marian Menhart, Kevin Popp, Daniel Bienvenue, Brian Scott. 
  • Notables from the first round of the draft: Bryan Berard, Wade Redden, SHane Doan, Jarome Iginla, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Petr Sykora, Marc Denis. 
  • The New Jersey Devils swept the Detroit Red Wings in four games to become the Stanley Cup Champions.  It was the first of nine consecutive final matchups which featured only teams from the USA. 
  • Jim Carey of the Washington Capitals won the Vezina, Mario Lemieux won the Art Ross and the Hart Trophy.  Scotty Bowman was the Jack Adams. 
  • Ted Nolan was still the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. 
  • The Buffalo Bills lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Divisional Playoff round. 
  • Bryce Paup was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. 
  • The Buffalo Bills selected Rubin Brown with the 14th overall selection in the draft.  The Bills would go on to select Todd Collins, Marlon Kerner, Ken Irvin, John Holecek, Shannon Clavele, and Tom Nutten. 
  • Top 10 Hits from 1995:
  1. Gangsta’s Paradise, Coolio
  2. Waterfalls, TLC
  3. Creep, TLC
  4. Kiss from a Rose, Seal
  5. On Bended Knee, Boyz II Men
  6. Another Night, Real McCoy
  7. Fantasy, Mariah Carey
  8. Take a Bow, Madonna
  9. Dont Take it Personal, Monica
  10. This Is How We Do It, Montell Jordan
  • One Hit Wonders of 1995:
  1. The Rhythm of the Night
  2. Cotton Eye Joe
  3. Total Eclipse of the Heart
  • Top Performing Movies 1995:
  1. Batman Forever
  2. Apollo 13
  3. Pocahontas
  4. Ace Ventura 2
  5. Golden Eye
  6. Casper
  7. Jumanji
  8. Seven
  9. Die Hard 3
  10. Crimson Tide

The Buffalo Bisons finished the 1995 season, the first season with the Cleveland Indians as the parent club with the 2nd best record in the American Association, and lost in the league championship to the RedBirds. 

The Buffalo Sabres ended the season (1994-1995) 4th in the Northeast with a record of 22-19-7.  They lost in the conference quarter finals to the Philadelphia Flyers.  They would not qualify for the post season in 1995-1996, the only year in the 1990s that they did no make the post season.   





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