|Position: Left Wing
Born: October 31, 1963
Birthplace: Port Alberni, British Cloumbia, Canada
Height: 5'10" Weight: 185 lbs.
Drafted by: Buffalo Sabres, 1st Round, 9th Overall,
1982 NHL Entry Draft
Seasons with Buffalo: 1982-83 - 1987-88
Uniform Numbers: 8, 18
|Photo Credit: Bill Wippert|
|Photo Credit: Robert Shaver|
|A scrappy left winger with a hard slap shot, Paul Cyr made his junior hockey debut with the Victoria Cougars in 1980, playing in 7 of the team's 16 playoff games that year. The following season, 1980-81, the Port Alberni, British Columbia native became a regular in Victoria's lineup, playing in 64 games and scoring 36 goals and 22 assists as the Cougars finished with the best record in the Western Hockey League.
In 1981-82, Cyr enjoyed his best year as a junior, leading the team with 52 goals. He added 56 assists, and finished second on the team in scoring with 108 total points. He also led the team in penalty minutes with 167. In the playoffs, Cyr led the team with 3 goals as the Cougars lost in the first round. At season's end, Cyr was named Second Team WHL All-Star at left wing.
Cyr was chosen to represent Canada at the 1982 World Junior Hockey Championship. In 7 games, Cyr scored 4 goals and 6 assists as Canada won it's first ever World Junior Hockey Championship Gold Medal.
|Buffalo's Draft Class of 1982: Phil Housley, Scotty Bowman, Paul Cyr and Dave Andreychuk
Photo Credit: Paul Wieland
|Coming into the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, Buffalo GM Scotty Bowman had three first round picks at his disposal. Bowman's first pick, sixth overall, acquired in a 1980 trade with the Los Angeles Kings, was used to snag offensive defenseman Phil Housley. His second pick, the ninth overall pick in the draft, was acquired in a trade just prior to the start of the 1982 Draft. The trade sent fan-favorite goaltender Don Edwards, journeyman defenseman Richie Dunn
and a second round pick in the 1982 Draft to the Calgary Flames for Calgary's first and second round picks in the 1982
|draft and a second round pick in the 1983 draft. Bowman used the ninth overall pick acquired from|
|Calgary to select Cyr. Bowman also had the Sabres' pick, 16th overall, which he used to select Oshawa Generals left wing Dave Andreychuk.
In Buffalo's 1982 training camp, and through the pre-season all three of the Sabres' first round picks played well enough to win spots in the starting lineup. Cyr,
|Housley and Andreychuk were all in the lineup on October 6, 1982 when the Sabres opened the 1982-83 season against Quebec at the Aud in Buffalo. The Sabres' new talent showed early signs of promise as Cyr and Housley both scored goals in their NHL debuts. Another rookie, defenseman Hannu Virta, also scored his first NHL goal in the game as the Sabres lost to the Nordiques 6-4.
Shortly after the start of the 1982-83 season, Cyr was
|rest of the season. On March 3, 1983, Cyr recorded his first NHL hat-trick, scoring 3 times within 4 minutes and 27 seconds in the third period to give the Sabres a 3-2 come from behind victory on the road against the Boston Bruins. Cyr finished the season with 15 goals and 12 assists in just 36 games played. He also appeared in all 10 of the team's Playoff contests, scoring 1 goal and 3 assists as the Sabres advanced to the Second Round before being eliminated by the Bruins in 7 games.
Cyr became a regular in the Sabres lineup during the 1983-84 season. Though he played in nearly twice as many games as he had the previous season, Cyr accounted for only one more goal, finishing the season with 16. He added 27 assists to bring his point total for the season to 43, good for eighth in scoring on the team.
Cyr missed the first 3 games of the 1984-85 season with an elbow injury suffered during the pre-season. He started the season slow, scoring just 2 goals in his first 20 games, but rebounded to finish the season with 22, his career-high for goals. A streaky scorer, Cyr scored 5 goals in 5 games twice during the season, first between December 9 and December 19, 1984, and again from January 30 to February 9, 1985. He added 24 assists to finish the season with 46 points, the seventh-highest total on the team.
|Photo Credit: Bill Wippert|
|In the Playoffs, Cyr scored twice in 5 games. Unfortunately for Cyr, the goals wouldn't be what Sabres fans remembered most about his play in the 1985 Playoffs. With the best-of-five series tied at two games apiece, and the game tied at 5-5 with less than two minutes remaining in the third period, the Sabres attempted to clear the puck from behind their own net. The puck came to Cyr along the boards near the blueline, but he couldn't handle the pass. It ended up on the stick of Nordiques forward Brent Ashton in the high slot, who buried a shot behind Sabres' goaltender Tom Barrasso. Quebec held on to win the game and the series, eliminating the Sabres from the Playoffs for the second straight year.|
|returned to Victoria, where he played his final 20 games as a member of the Cougars. In those 20 games, he scored 21 goals and added 22 assists. Mid-way through the season, he left Victoria to join Team Canada for the 1983 World Junior Hockey Championship. Cyr returned to the Sabres' lineup following the tournament, and remained there for the|
|The Playoff loss to the Nordiques was a turning point for the Sabres, who would begin a downward spiral of mediocrity, missing the Playoffs the next two seasons. Cyr enjoyed one more solid season in 1985-86 before beginning his own downward spiral. In 71 games played during the season, Cyr scored 20 goals and 31 assists, a career-high for both assists and total points. He also finished third on the team in penalty minutes with 120.
In 1986-87, Cyr endured his worst offensive season as a Sabre, as the team muddled through it's worst season since 1971-72, the franchise's second season in the NHL. Cyr scored just 11 goals and 16 assists in a career-high 73 games played. He also set a career-high for penalty minutes with 122. He led the team with 36 minor penalties. Part of Cyr's offensive woes could be attributed to his shift to a more defensive role. He was used more as a penalty-killer and a checking winger under new coach Ted Sator then he had been earlier in his career.
In the off-season of 1987, things took a turn for the worse for Cyr. While vacationing in the Dominican Republic, he was shot in the abdomen during a robbery attempt. He recovered quickly, and missed only 17 games before rejoining the Sabres lineup in mid-November, 1987. Though he was well enough to play, his performance suffered due to the injury, and Cyr scored
|Photo Credit: Bill Wippert|
|just one goal and one assist in 20 games after returning to action. The team had started the season hot, playing the best it had played in two seasons. About a quarter way through the season, the team went into a slump which carried through to the end of the calander year. As the new year approached, General Manager Gerry Meehan set out to make a trade, to send a message to his players that poor performance would not be tolerated. That deal came through on December 31, 1987, when Paul Cyr was dealt to the New York Rangers for left wing Mike Donnelly and a 5th Round pick in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. For the Sabres, it was the draft pick which made this deal a winner. It was used to select a then-unknown Russian right winger named Alexander Mogilny.
Cyr finished the 1987-88 season as a member of the New York Rangers. In 40 games played, he scored 4 goals and 13 assists. Cyr played just one game for the Rangers during the 1988-89 season before retiring briefly from professional hockey.
Cyr surfaced again in 1990-91 as a member of the Hartford Whalers. He played in 70 games for Hartford during the season, scoring 12 goals and 13 assists in what would be his last full NHL season. He split the 1991-92 season between Hartford and the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League. Paul Cyr retired for good from professional hockey following the 1992-93 season, which he spent with the Indians.