I don’t know why, but today’s featured Sabres alumni stands out as one of my favorites. I don’t know why he stands out as one of my favorites, because I never saw him play, out of the NHL by the time I reached the age of reason, and retired from hockey before I cared – but regardless of all that, Donald Edwards is one of my favorite players.
Maybe it’s because he was the first trading card I can remember owning, or that I thought it was cool he wore the number 1. Just one of those things I guess.
Edwards was a little guy, not supposed to have been drafted high, but the Buffalo Sabres saw promise and drafted him with the 89th overall selection in the 1975 Entry Draft.
While he never won the Stanley Cup, he did have some very important games in a Blue and Gold Sweater. The greatest moment to him in a Buffalo uniform was the 1980 game on January 3rd when the Buffalo Sabres drummed the Soviet Red Army team 6-1. Edwards was also in net when Wayne Gretzky scored his 77th goal of the season in 1982, the year the Great One broke Phil Esposito’s record.
Prior to leaving Buffalo he won a Vezina trophy (shared honor with Bob Sauve in 1980) and was named to Team Canada for the 1981 Canada Cup.
While not a champion at the highest level of professional hockey in North America, Edward won an Allan Cup with Brantford Mott’s Clammatos (Canada National Senior AAA league).
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