April 24, 2016

Paul Brydges

Paul Brydges enjoyed a solid four year junior career in a town not far from Buffalo.

Paul was born and raised in the southern Ontario city of Guelph, which is about a 100 mile drive from Buffalo. He was a solid but unspectacular center with the Ontario Hockey League's Guelph Platers from 1982 though 1986. Paul joined the Platers in their inaugural season and suffered the lows of a 7-63 season, but just three short years later, Paul, along with coach Jacques Martin and notable teammates Gary Roberts, Steve Chaisson, and Warren Rychel, captured the Memorial Cup as champions of the Canadian junior leagues.

Paul was never drafted by an NHL team, so the Buffalo Sabres signed the former Platers captain just 10 days before his 21st birthday. He would be used primarily in the minor leagues, spending parts of three years with the Rochester Americans and one year with the New Haven Nighthawks.

Paul did get a 15 game appearance in the NHL and with the Sabres in his rookie professional season of 1986-87. He scored twice and set up two others, while posting a plus-minus mark of plus 4.

Paul, a proud native of Guelph, returned to the Ontario city and for a time served as an assistant coach with the Guelph Storm, an OHL franchise that replaced the defunct Platers. He is now a fireman in Guelph.

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