Today in Sabres History: a Lycanthrope is Born
April 26, 1976.
Vaclav Varada, owner of the Sabres’ best werewolf face, is born unto the world.
Varada plied his tooth and nails style of hockey for the Buffalo Sabres from 1995-96 (just missing the cut for NHL 94 by a season or two) until the 2002-03 season, when he was traded to Ottawa (where there were more hours of darkness to ply his tooth and nails style of lycanthropy).
While Varada never scored more than 10 goals for the Sabres in the regular season, he was more of a playoff beast – at least for a couple important seasons in Sabres’ history. In 1997-98, he put up 3 goals and 4 assists in 15 games. In the 1998-99 Cup run, he put up 5 goals and 4 assists in 21 ill-fated games.
Here’s a video that sums up Varada’s time in Buffalo quite nicely: missing the net, but “unleashing the furry” on Darcy Tucker.
Happy birthday, Vaclav.
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