|Position: Left Wing
Born: January 7, 1966
Birthplace: Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada
Height: 5'9" Weight: 185 lbs.
Drafted by: Boston Bruins, 8th Round, 157th
Overall, 1985 NHL Entry Draft.
Seasons with Buffalo: 1995-96 to 1997-98
Uniform Number: 12
|After getting off to a slow start his rookie year, Randy Burridge caught fire in his sophomore season with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League in 1984-85. At just 18 years of age, Burridge scored 49
goals and 57 assists as the Petes went on to win their division. Burridge's efforts were rewarded in the spring of 1985 when he was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 8th Round of the NHL Entry Draft.
Burridge started the 1985-86 season with the Petes but was quickly called up to the NHL. Burridge made his NHL debut with the Bruins, playing in 52 games his rookie year. Burridge played well, scoring 17 goals and 25 points. He also played in 3 playoff contests for the Bruins in the fall of 1986, and three for their minor league affiliate, the Moncton Golden Flames of the American Hockey League.
Burridge split the 1986-87 season between the AHL and the NHL, playing 47 games in Moncton and 23 with the Bruins. Burridge played in 2 playoff
|1995-96: Tim Horton Memorial Award (Unsung hero)|
|1995-96: Punch Imlach Memorial Award (Dedication and leadership)|
|games for the Bruins in the 1987 Playoffs, scoring his first career playoff goal.
From there, Burridge became a regular with the Bruins starting with the 1987-88 season. Burridge developed into a scrappy, hard working player. He would never become a superstar, but was recognized for his strong work ethic and solid defensive play. Burridge played four seasons as a regular in the Bruins lineup, scoring 31 goals, his career high, during the 1988-89 season.
|The 1996-97 season was a poor one for Burridge in terms of both offensive production and injuries. Burridge managed only 10 goals and 21 assists, both well off his pace from the year before. In January of 1996, Burridge re-injured his knee, knocking him out of the lineup for a good part of the second half of the season. The injury occured in a 2-on-2 practice drill in which Burridge got tied up with defenseman Richard Smehlik. Burridge fell awkwardly, twisting his knee. Burridge was back in the lineup in time for the Playoffs, where he led the team with 5 goals.
The injury to his knee was only the beginning of Burridge's troubles in Buffalo. In the off-season of 1997, coach Ted Nolan and GM John Muckler both left the organization after a drawn-out dispute. The new coach, former Sabre Lindy Ruff, began to phase Burridge out of the lineup in favor of younger players in the system. Burridge himself did nothing to help the situation, publicly criticizing the new management. Burridge was one of several Sabres to wear a black armband to practice the day after Pat LaFontaine was traded to the New York Rangers. Burridge played just 30 games as a Sabre in the 1997-98 season, accounting for 4 goals and 6 assists. In March, 1998 Burridge was
|demoted to the Rochester Americans of the AHL. The demotion kept Burridge out of the Sabres lineup throughout the Playoffs, and spelled the end of his career as a Sabre. Burridge no longer fit into the Sabres plans, and the veteran winger was released at the end of the season.
Having been cut by the Sabres, Burridge waited for the offers from other teams to roll in. When none did, Burridge signed a 25-game contract with the Las Vegas Thunder of the International Hockey League. Burridge got of to a great start with Las Vegas, scoring a hat-trick in his first game there. Slowed noticable by the series of knee injuries he'd suffered throughout his career, Burridge's success in Las Veags was short-lived. By the end of his 25 game deal, Burridge had scored just 7 goals. With his contract up, and still no offers from the NHL, Burridge left to play in Europe, signing a 14 game contract with the Hanover Scorpions of the German Elite League. Burridge scored 7 goals and 6 assists in 14 games for Hanover. When the season had ended, Burridge returned to North America.
Burridge was invited to training camp with the Detroit Red Wings in the fall of 1999. Hoping to give the NHL one last shot, Burridge attended camp, but failed to make the team. At the end of camp, Burridge was released. Following his release from Detroit, Randy Burridge retired from professional hockey.
Currently, Burridge lives in Las Vegas, where he is the head coach of the Nevada Rattlers, a Junior B hockey team playing in the Western States Hockey League.
|In the spring of 1991, Burridge was traded to the Washington Capitals. He
scored a career-high 67 points his first year in Washington during the 1991-
92 season. Burridge missed the majority of the 1992-93 season with the
first of a series of knee injuries that would eventually shorten his career.
Regaining his form in the 1993-94 season, Burridge socred 25 goals and 17
assists in what would be his last full season with the Capitals.
Two games into the strike-shortened 1995 season, Burridge was traded
again, this time to the Los Angeles Kings. Burridge's production suffered
with the move to the West Coast, and he managed only 4 goals in 38 games
for the Kings that year.
At the end of the season, Burridge was released by the Kings. A free agent,
Burridge received an invitation to training camp from the Buffalo Sabres.
Burridge's play in camp sufficiently impressed first year coach Ted Nolan
and GM John Muckler, and Burridge was offered a contract. Burridge
signed a one-year deal with the Sabres on October 5, 1995.
Burridge was in the lineup on opening night of the 1995-96 season. He
would be a major contributor for the Sabres in his first season in Buffalo.
Burridge scored his first goal as a Sabre on October 15, 1995 in the
|second period of a 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils. He finished the season with 25 goals and 58 points, second only to team captain Pat LaFontaine in both categories. At the end of the season, Burridge was awarded with both the Tim Horton Memorial Award, given to the team's unsung hero, and the Punch Imlach Memorial Award, which goes to the player who best demonstrates leadership and dedication.|