By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Randy Burridge – Signed by the Sabres in 1995
It seemed like Randy Burridge was destined to play for the Sabres someday. It took a while for it to happen.
Burridge was born in Fort Erie, Ontario, and was a frequent visitor to Memorial Auditorium as a boy. He was an eighth-round draft choice of the Bruins in 1985, and he was 5-foot-8, 180 pounds. The odds were long, but he cracked the Boston lineup that season. Burridge stayed a Bruin through 1991, and his strong work ethic caught everyone’s attention.
Burridge was traded to Washington in 1992, and suffered a major knee injury there. When he was released in 1995, it looked like his career was over. But the Sabres brought him home, and it worked out well for all. “Stump” had 25 goals in his first season in Buffalo, as playing with Pat LaFontaine at times worked out well for him. He stayed through 1998.
Randy wasn’t afraid of mixing it up on the ice:
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