Gerry Meehan

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Gerry Meehan
Born (1946-09-03) September 3, 1946 (age 72)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Philadelphia Flyers
Buffalo Sabres
Vancouver Canucks
Atlanta Flames
Washington Capitals
Cincinnati Stingers
NHL Draft 21st overall, 1963
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1965–1979

Gerald Marcus Meehan (born September 3, 1946) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey left winger and the former general manager and Senior Vice President of the Buffalo Sabres.

Playing career[edit]

Meehan was born in Toronto, Ontario and raised in Newmarket, Ontario. He played minor hockey for St. Michael's College School and junior for the Toronto Marlboros. He played for the 1966–67 Marlboros that won the Memorial Cup.

Meehan was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1963 NHL Amateur Draft, fourth round, 21st overall. He played for the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, Atlanta Flames, Washington Capitals, as well as the Ontario Hockey Association's Toronto Marlboros, American Hockey League's Rochester Americans, CPHL's Tulsa Oilers, Western Hockey League's Phoenix Roadrunners, Seattle Totems, and the World Hockey Association's Cincinnati Stingers. He served as captain for both the Sabres and Capitals.

One of Meehan's career highlights as a Sabre remains a lowlight to Flyers fans. In the last game of the 1971–72 regular season, the Flyers needed a win or a tie against the Sabres to beat out the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final playoff spot. The score was tied, but with just four seconds on the clock, Meehan took a shot from 80 feet (24 m) away that somehow got by Flyers goalie Doug Favell – ending the Flyers' season.

Retirement[edit]

After completing his undergraduate degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, Meehan graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Law in 1982. He practiced sports, corporate, and immigration law with the firm Cohen, Swados, Wright, Hanifin, Bradford and Brett, including working on player contracts with Scotty Bowman, then the Sabres' coach and general manager. Meehan had joined the firm hoping to work with the Sabres.

General Manager and VP[edit]

In 1984, the team made Meehan the first former Sabre to serve in a front-office position, as assistant general manager under Bowman. During the 1986–87 season, Bowman stepped down, and Meehan was promoted to general manager. With the departures of Bowman and superstar Gilbert Perreault, the Sabres finished the season in last place overall that year, but rebounded the next year as NHL's most improved team, with a record of 37–32–11 – and 21 points higher in the standings.

Meehan's years as a general manager were marked by the addition of a number of top-caliber players, including No. 1 draft pick Pierre Turgeon, Soviet defector Alex Mogilny, Dale Hawerchuk, Pat LaFontaine, and Dominik Hašek. In 1993, Meehan was named executive vice president of sports operations, taking a more active role in the organization's business and legal affairs. He resigned his position in December 1994.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1962–63 Neil McNeil Maroons MetJHL 7 1 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 0
1963–64 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 12 2 3 5 0
1964–65 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 56 14 30 44 24 19 7 4 11 12
1965–66 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 47 25 26 51 47 14 6 10 16 9
1965–66 Rochester Americans AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1966–67 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 48 26 42 68 27 17 8 8 16 8
1966–67 Toronto Marlboros M-Cup 9 6 8 14 2
1967–68 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 70 31 41 72 17 11 3 8 11 0
1968–69 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 25 0 2 2 2
1968–69 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 17 6 6 12 2
1968–69 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 12 0 3 3 4 4 0 0 0 0
1969–70 Seattle Totems WHL 67 23 30 53 23 4 0 1 1 0
1970–71 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 24 31 55 8
1971–72 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 19 27 46 12
1972–73 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 31 29 60 21 6 0 1 1 0
1973–74 Buffalo Sabres NHL 72 20 26 46 17
1974–75 Buffalo Sabres NHL 3 0 1 1 2
1974–75 Vancouver Canucks NHL 57 10 15 25 4
1974–75 Atlanta Flames NHL 14 4 10 14 0
1975–76 Atlanta Flames NHL 48 7 20 27 8
1975–76 Washington Capitals NHL 32 16 15 31 10
1976–77 Washington Capitals NHL 80 28 36 64 13
1977–78 Washington Capitals NHL 78 19 24 43 10
1978–79 Washington Capitals NHL 18 2 4 6 0
1978–79 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 2 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 670 180 243 423 111 10 0 1 1 0

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Preceded by
Floyd Smith
Buffalo Sabres captain
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Succeeded by
Jim Schoenfeld
Preceded by
Scotty Bowman
General Manager of the Buffalo Sabres
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Succeeded by
John Muckler