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Andre Savard 9-2-53
After having an outstanding four-year career with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League posting an astonishing 451 points in 206 games, the Boston Bruins selected center Andre Savard in the 1973 National Hockey League Amateur Draft with the sixth overall pick in the first round. The 6′-1″ 185-pound Temiscaming, Quebec, Canada native was also drafted by the defunct World Hockey Association’s Quebec Nordiques in the 1973 first round going third overall. The WHA was in operation from 1972 to 1979 ultimately folding while couldn’t compete with the powerful NHL gaining popularity through expansion.
Savard played for the Bruins for three seasons ( 19773-74 to 1975-16 ) contributing 114 points in 228 games with his first NHL team. In 1976 Savard signed with the Buffalo Sabres as a free agent. after seven years with the Sabres organization he would play two campaigns with the Quebec Nordiques who joined the NHL after the demise of the WHA. His last year in the NHL was in 1984-85 where he left the game retiring of serious knee problems. He would go to coach and manage in the American Hockey League until he would return to the highest level of hockey in July of 2000 when he joined the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens as director of player personnel to General Manage the same year according to The Official Website Of The Hockey Hall Of Fame.
In 790 career games in the NHL Savard posted 211-271-482 numbers in his 12-year stay in the NHL and got the chance to play with so many talented Bruins players of the past such as Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr, Ken Hodge, and Wayne Cashman.