By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Paul McIntosh of the Sabres
Taken in Round 4 in 1974
Other picks in the round: Harold Snepsts (No. 59) was taken by Vancouver and went on to compile more than 1,000 games played and 2,000 penalty minutes. Terry Ruskowski (1974) signed with Houston of the World Hockey Association, but arrived in the NHL in 1979. He stayed for almost a decade, including three-plus with Chicago – the NHL team that drafted him.
The details: McIntosh was taken in the first round, eighth overall, by the Chicago Cougars of the WHA. That was one pick after Clark Gillies. Paul opted to sign with the Sabres instead. McIntosh played 48 games for the Sabres from 1974 to 1976, and retired from the game in 1980.
Other 65s: Bernard Ford (1988) suffered a preseason injury, missed all of his rookie season, and then was waived by the Bills. The wide receiver did a little work for the Cowboys and Oilers, and was a starter for the London Monarchs of the World League. The memorably nicknamed Danny “Steam Machine” Fulton (1979) caught two passes for the Bills as a rookie, and moved on for two years with the Browns. Branislav Fabry (2003) never did come over to play the Sabres, staying in Slovakia for most of his career. Gene Tundo Jr., taken by the Bandits in 2005, is the son of the Orchard Park lacrosse coach.
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