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FOLIGNO – NO, NOT THAT FOLIGNO – MADE SABRES DEBUT ON THIS DAY IN 1981

by Chris Ryndak / Buffalo Sabres
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On this day in 1981, Mike Foligno made his debut with the Buffalo Sabres.

While the Sabres lost, 6-3 in Boston, Foligno recorded his first point, assisting on Gilbert Perreault’s second-period goal. McCourt, a two-time 20 goal scorer with the Sabres, also scored in the game.

The day before, the organization made a huge trade with Detroit, sending Jim Schoenfeld, Danny Gare and Derek Smith to the Red Wings for Foligno, Dale McCourt and Brent Peterson. In a separate trade, the Sabres also moved goaltender Bob Suave for a first-round pick, although his stay in Detroit was short-lived – he was returned to the Sabres the next season.

While the trade saw two former captains in Schoenfeld and Gare leave the organization, Buffalo gained a future one in Foligno. He was named the seventh captain in team history in 1989 and coincidentally, Foligno played his 600th game as a Sabre that year, also on this very day.

Known for his dome-style helmet, Foligno went on to play 1,018 games in the NHL, scoring 355 goals and 727 points. In 664 games over 10 seasons with Buffalo, he recorded 247 goals and 511 points, ranking him eighth on the franchise’s all-time scoring list. He put up at least 20 goals in each of his first eight seasons in Buffalo and his most prolific season came in 1985-86 when he posted career highs in goals (41) and points (80).

Foligno ranks eighth on the franchise’s all-tine scoring list. He’s also second all-time in penalty minutes by a Sabre with 1,450 – although that’s obviously a distant second to Rob Ray’s 3,189.

He was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame in 2004 and is currently with the New Jersey Devils organization.

Fans who may not remember Foligno are probably very familiar with his sons. Nick is the captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Marcus has played 216 NHL games over parts of five seasons – all with the Sabres.

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