June 17, 1955 |
Sainte-Geneviève, QC, CAN
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)|
|Played for||Buffalo Sabres
Detroit Red Wings
Chicago Black Hawks
New Jersey Devils
|NHL Draft||17th overall, 1975
|WHA Draft||16th overall, 1975
After a successful junior career with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Laval National, Sauvé was drafted by the NHL's Buffalo Sabres in the 1st round (17th overall) in 1975 NHL Entry Draft. The World Hockey Association's Cincinnati Stingers also selected Sauvé in round 2 (16th overall) in the 1975 WHA Amateur Draft, but his ambition was to play in the NHL. The Sabres selected three goaltenders in the 1975 draft, with Sauvé and Don Edwards being the most notable. Sauvé played four games for the Sabres during the 1976–77 season but spent the majority of the year with the AHL's Rhode Island Reds, while Edwards was initially the more successful of the two and was the first to stick with the big club in Buffalo. The next season saw Sauvé split time with the Hershey Bears and the Sabres as Edwards' backup.
As the 1978–79 season began, Sauvé entered training camp determined to make the NHL for good. Unfortunately, he suffered a broken finger and began the season in Hershey. After Edwards later suffered a sprained ankle, Sauvé was called up to Buffalo, this time to stay. The goaltending duo of Sauvé and Edwards had an immediate impact on the Sabres. Sauvé led the league in goals against average for the 1979–80 season and was co-recipient of the Vezina Trophy with Edwards in the same season.
Sauvé was traded to the Detroit Red Wings on December 2, 1981, but re-signed with the Sabres as a free agent on June 1, 1982, after Edwards was traded to the Calgary Flames. Sauvé was joined in net by a young phenom just out of high school named Tom Barrasso for the 1983–84 season, and the duo went on to share the William M. Jennings Trophy for fewest goals allowed in 1984–85. Barrasso was always quick to credit Sauvé for not only helping him but for challenging him with his own strong play. Sauvé was dealt by Buffalo to the Chicago Black Hawks in exchange for a 3rd round pick in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. Sauvé spent two uneventful seasons in Chicago before signing with the New Jersey Devils as a free agent on July 10, 1987. After two seasons in New Jersey, Sauvé announced his retirement from the NHL in 1989 due to chronic back problems.
Sauvé's younger brother, forward Jean-François Sauvé, also played in the NHL and was briefly a teammate of his older brother in Buffalo. His son Philippe Sauvé is also a professional goaltender who currently plays in Europe for the Hamburg Freezers.
Sauvé remained active in hockey after retirement, first as the president of the New Jersey Devil's alumni association, then as a goalie coach and later as a player agent. His list of clientele has included many of Quebec's biggest names including Patrick Roy, Vincent Lecavalier, Jocelyn Thibault, Pierre Turgeon, Vincent Damphousse and Simon Gagné.
Awards and achievements
- Selected to the QMJHL First All-Star Team in 1974.
- Vezina Trophy winner in 1980 (shared with Don Edwards).
- William M. Jennings Trophy winner in 1985 (shared with Tom Barasso).
|1971-72||Verdun Maple Leafs||QMJHL||34||—||—||—||2020||202||0||6.00||.857|
|1976-77||Rhode Island Reds||AHL||25||—||—||—||1346||94||0||4.14||.878|
|1981-82||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||41||11||25||4||2365||165||0||4.19||—|
|1987-88||New Jersey Devils||NHL||34||10||16||3||1798||107||0||3.57||.870|
|1988-89||New Jersey Devils||NHL||15||4||5||1||721||56||0||4.66||.831|
|1971-72||Verdun Maple Leafs||QMJHL||2||0||2||120||12||0||6.00||—|
|1987-88||New Jersey Devils||NHL||5||2||1||236||13||0||3.30||.890|
|Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
and Michel Larocque
|Winner of the Vezina Trophy
with Don Edwards
Denis Herron, Michel Larocque
and Richard Sevigny