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Mark Mancari was the 18th player in Sabres history to sport No. 12. ©2012, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

In honor on 12-12-12, the Sabres’ all-time No. 12 roster

Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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In honor of December 12, 2012 – 12-12-12 as everyone’s calling it today – we present the Buffalo Sabres’ No. 12 list, the 18 distinguished men who have worn the number in franchise history.

Who do you think is the greatest?

Here’s a note on each:

Skip Krake, 1970-71: First No. 12 scored four goals for the inaugural Sabres.

Mike Byers, 1971-72: Second No. 12 tallied nine goals during the team’s second season.

Larry Mickey, 1971-75: Played parts of four seasons with the club, including 23 during the 1974-75 Stanley Cup final season. Also wore No. 21.

Gary McAdam, 1975-79, 1982-83: Played for eight NHL teams, including two Sabres stints. He also wore Nos. 15 and 32.

Andre Savard, 1976-83: Arguably the Sabres’ greatest No. 12, ranking first in games (467), goals (130) and points (305).

Sean McKenna, 1981-86: Quietly had consecutive 20-goal seasons. Also wore Nos. 19 and 23.

Jody Gage, 1985-86, 1987-88, 1991-92: AHL legend who earned sporadic recalls. Also wore Nos. 14 and 33.

Ken Priestlay, 1986-90: Played 117 games while tearing up the AHL. Also wore No. 56.

Rick Vaive, 1988-92: Scoring star wore No. 12 briefly before switching to No. 22 when the Sabres traded captain Lindy Ruff.

Scott Metcalfe, 1987-90: Edmonton first-round bust played 17 games. Also wore Nos. 32 and 34.

Greg Paslawski, 1990-91: Played 12 (coincidence?) of his 650 NHL games with the Sabres.

Peter Ciavaglia, 1991-93: Buffalo native and AHL/IHL star played five games.

Bob Errey, 1992-93: Played 12 total (eight regular season, four playoff). Fresh off two straight Cup wins, Pittsburgh dished him for Mike Ramsey.

Peter Ambroziak, 1994-95: Played all 12 of his NHL games (again, coincidence?) during lockout-shortened season.

Randy Burridge, 1995-98: Fort Erie, Ont., native scored 25 goals in 1995-96 following training camp tryout.

Domenic Pittis, 1998-00, 2003-04: AHL star played 14 games during two stints. Also wore Nos. 28, 38 and 83.

Ales Kotalik, 2001-09: With 114 goals and 240 points in 426 games, probably ranks second behind Savard on the list. Also wore No. 20.

Mark Mancari, 2006-07, 2008-11: Another AHL star with some frequent recalls. Switched from No. 25 when Mike Grier returned.

UPDATE: Our very informal poll found that Ales Kotalik, despite having 16 fewer goals and 65 fewer points than Andre Savard, is the “greatest” No. 12 in Sabres history.

5 comments
  1. Lukas says: 12.12.127:07 pm

    Not the prettiest of lists, but i think Andre Savard wins this in a landslide.

  2. Jim says: 12.12.128:13 pm

    Vaive. He’s the only one worth mentioning in a group of good, but not great, players

  3. Eric Bourgeois says: 12.13.122:34 am

    Scotty Metcalfe is a Richester American Hall of Famer and was an AHL All-Star.

  4. Eric Bourgeois says: 12.13.126:15 pm

    Scotty Metcalfe was an AHL All-star who is in the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame. He was a key contributor on our 1996 Calder Cup team.

    Funny you didn’t find anything positive to say about him but you did for….Mark Mancari?

  5. Bill Hoppe says: 12.14.1210:17 pm

    I know Scott Metcalfe was a big contributor to some great Amerks teams. But this list was about the Sabres.

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