Richie Dunn, a popular defenseman who played 327 games over two stints with the Buffalo Sabres, has died, the team announced this morning. He was 59.
The undrafted Dunn played five seasons for the Sabres beginning in 1977-78 before moving to the Calgary Flames and Hartford Whalers. He returned to the Sabres organization in 1985, playing his final 47 NHL games over the next four years.
Mostly, however, Dunn starred for the Rochester Americans, winning a Calder Cup in 1986-87. The Massachusetts native compiled 36 goals, 176 points and 314 penalty minutes in 483 NHL games. He had a career-high seven goals and 49 points in 1980-81.
Dunn became active in Sabres Alumni functions around Buffalo after retiring in 1990.