By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Gary Bromley – Signed by the Sabres in 1971

The Buffalo Sabres went through quite a few goaltenders in their first several years of existence. Gary Bromley was one of them.

Bromley, signed as an undrafted free agent, spent parts of three seasons with Cincinnati of the American Hockey League. Then in 1974, the Sabres lost Dave Dryden to the World Hockey Association, leaving an opening for someone to play with Roger Crozier at the position. Bromley was the next man up, and he started 50 games during the 1974-75 season. That’s when the Sabres made a huge jump in performance, as they were one of the best teams in the league. Bromley went 26-11-11 with 3.11 goals-against average that season.

But certainly Buffalo noticed his .873 save percentage, so the team bought the rights to Gerry Desjardins from the World Hockey Association and made him one of the regulars. Bromley’s days as a Sabre were numbered at that point. He only played in one NHL game in 1975-76, and then played for Calgary and Winnipeg in the World Hockey Association and for the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL through 1981. “Bones” (160 pounds) at least will be remembered for being a part of one of the great Sabre teams of all time.

Too bad he didn’t wear this mask as a Sabre:

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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