|Position: Left Wing
Born: May 10, 1961
Birthplace: Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Height: 6'0" Weight: 198 lbs.
Drafted by: Buffalo Sabres, 8th Round, 167th
Overall, 1980 NHL Entry Draft
Seasons with Buffalo: 1980-81 - 1981-82, 1998-99
Uniform Numbers: 23, 19, 7, 17
|A scrappy left wing from Etobicoke, Ontario, Randy Cunneyworth spent two seasons in the Ontraio Hockey Association with the Ottawa 67's. In his rookie year of 1979-80, Cunneyworth scored a modest 16 goals and 41 points. That was enough to earn him a draft day appiontment with the Buffalo Sabres, who selected him in the 8th Round of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft.
Cunneyworth exploded in his second season with Ottawa, leading the team in goals (54), assists (74), points (128) and penalty minutes (240). During the 1980-81 season, Cunneyworth made his professional debut, playing one game as a member of the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. He also played on game with the Buffalo Sabres, making his NHL debut on March 30, 1981 against the Boston Bruins.
Cunneyworth turned pro full time in 1981, joining the Americans for the 1981-82 season. Cunneyworth played 57 games with the Amerks during the regular season, scoring 12 goals and 15 assists. He also played 20 games as a member of the
|Buffalo Sabres scoring twice and adding 4 assists.
Cunneyworth spent the next three seasons with the Rochester Americans, unable to break into the Sabres lineup. He scored 4 goals in the 1983 Playoffs, helping the Amerks win the Calder Cup Championship for the first time since the 1967-68 season.
|Cunneyworth split the 1989-90 season between the Winnipeg Jets and the Hartford Whalers. He would spend the next three-and-a-half seasons with the Whalers before being traded near the end of the 1993-94 season to the Chicago Blackhawks.
A free agent at the end of the 1993-94 season, Cunneyworth signed with the Ottawa Senators. A solid role player who never took an off night, Cunneyworth quickly became a fan favorite in Ottawa. He was named Captain of the Senators at the beginning of the strike-shortened 1995 season.
Cunneyworth remained with the Senators through the 1997-98 season. Though
|On October 4, 1985, Cunneyworth was traded along with right wing Mike Moller to the Pittsburgh Penguins for right wing Pat Hughes. The trade gave Cunneyworth a second chance at the NHL. In training camp, he earned a spot on the Penguins roster. He spent the next four seasons with the Penguins, from 1985-86 to 1988-89. During the 1987-88 season, Cunneyworth scored a career-high 35 goals and 39 assists.|
|On August 28, 1998, Cunneyworth signed on for a second stint with the team that drafted him, the Buffalo Sabres. On October 5, 1998, following the team's training camp, Cunneyworth was assigned to Rochester, where he began the season with the Americans. Cunneyworth would spend the majority of the season in Rochester, playing in 52 games with the Amerks.
On two separate occasions, Cunneyworth was recalled to Buffalo. He played in 14 games as a Sabre during the 1998-99 season. On February 11, 1999, Cunneyworth scored a goal in the Sabres' 5-2 victory in Montreal. It was his first goal as a Sabre since November, 1981. At just over 17 years and three months, Cunneyworth's goal ended the longest stretch between goals for a player on one team in NHL history. Cunneyworth finished the season with 2 goals and 2 assists as a Sabre.
Cunneyworth was returned to Rochester in late February, and spent the remainder of the regular season there. In the Playoffs, Cunneyworth played in 20 games, scoring 3 goals and 14 assists as the Amerks went on to the Calder Cup Finals.
When the Calder Cup Finals ended, Cunneyworth was recalled to Buffalo, where he played in three games during the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals. Cunneyworth's most memorable moment in the Stanley Cup Finals came not in the offensive zone but in
|the Buffalo net. In the third period of Game Four of the series, with the Sabres holding on to a 2-1 lead and goaltender Dominik Hasek caught badly out of position, Cunneyworth slid through the crease to stop a shot from the point by Dallas defenseman Craig Ludwig. The shot was perhaps the Stars' best scoring chance of the period. The block by Cunneyworth, who at 38 years old was playing in the first Stanley Cup Finals game of his career, enabled the Sabres to hold on for the series-tying win.|
|Following the Stanley Cup Finals loss to Dallas, Cunneyworth returned to Rochester for the 1999-2000 season, serving as both a player and an assistant coach. In what would be his last season as a player, Cunneyworth played in 54 games, scoring 8 goals and 16 assists.
At the end of the season, Cunneyworth retired from active playing to take over the head coaching spot in Rochester, left vacant when Brian McCutcheon left to become an Assistant Coach in Buffalo. Cunneyworth became the 26th Head Coach in Rochester Americans history. In his first season as Head Coach of the Amerks, Cunneyworth compiled an impressive 46-25-9 record, winning the Eastern Division and advancing to the Western Conference Finals.
Randy Cunneyworth is currently in his second season as head coach of the Rochester Americans.
|he was still a fan favorite, his production began to fall off. In 1997-98, he scored just 2 goals and 11 assists in 71 games played. At the end of the season, the Senators bought out the remainder of his contract and Cunneyworth became a free agent.|