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February 08, 2016

Rocky Farr

Norm "Rocky" Farr got into 18 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres in the early 1970's. A veteran minor league goalie, Farr was unable to take hold of a permanent spot in the big leagues.

The Toronto native bounced around the minor leagues in the Montreal Canadiens system for three years before he was acquired by the expansion Buffalo Sabres in 1970.

Farr started out low in the Sabres system too, bouncing around various minor leagues that first 1970-71 season. The following year he was placed with the Sabres top farm team, the Cincinnati Swords of the AHL. He played solidly in 52 games.

Farr excelled for the Swords in 1972-73, backstopping them to the AHL Calder Cup championship. He even played so well he got a call up to the NHL, and even relieved in his first NHL appearance.

1973-74 was Farr's big chance. Veteran Roger Crozier became injured in 1973-74, Farr was promoted to the Sabres to back up Dave Dryden. Farr posted a 2-4-1 record in 11 appearances but the Sabres were really struggling without the injured Crozier and Gilbert Perreault.

Farr returned to play seven games for a much stronger Buffalo team in 1974-75 but when Gerry Desjardins was acquired in the second half of the season, Farr's days were numbered. He played in the minors in 1975-76 before retiring.

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