Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Paul Cyr
Speedy forward Paul Cyr was selected ninth overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. He played his junior hockey with the Victoria Cougars of the WHL. In his first season, Cyr scored 36 goals and 58 points in 64 games. He followed that up with a 52-goal season and 108 points while piling up a rather feisty 167 minutes in penalties.

At 19, Cyr earned a spot on the Sabres' roster despite having a year of junior eligibility remaining. He played in 36 games with Buffalo, scoring 15 goals and 27 points. He also played 20 games with the junior Cougars and was on a goal-a-game scoring pace, with 21 goals and 43 points in just 20 games.

In 1983-84, Cyr joined the Sabres full-time, playing in 71 games and scoring 43 points. The following year, he scored 46 points on 22 goals and 24 assists. He upped his total to 51 points in 1985-86, his most productive offensive season in the NHL. That is where Cyr's career peaked. After playing in 71 games for three consecutive years, he played in 73 games in 1986-87, but his offensive production drastically declined to just 27 points. In 1987-88, he had just a single goal and an assist after the first 20 games of the year. By now, the Sabres' brass had lost confidence in Cyr, and he was traded to the New York Rangers. In 40 games with the Rangers, he managed just four goals and 17 points.

In 1990-91, Cyr joined the Hartford Whalers, playing in 70 games, but the offensive prowess was nowhere to be found. He scored 12 goals and 25 points. He returned for one last go-round with the Whalers in 1991-92, but after 17 games, he failed to record a goal while notching three assists.

Cyr retired from professional hockey following the 1992-93 campaign in which he played with the Springfield Indians of the AHL. One of his biggest thrills as a hockey player was winning a gold medal with the 1982 Canadian team at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Minnesota. Cyr was one of the team leaders, scoring four goals and ten points in seven games. The 7-0 victory over the former Soviet Union is a game which no doubt stands out in the minds of all the players from that team.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Nanaimo Clippers BCJHL 60 28 52 80 202
1979-80 Victoria Cougars WHL 7 0 0 0 4
1980-81 Victoria Cougars WHL 64 36 22 58 85 14 6 5 11 46
1980-81 Victoria Cougars M-Cup 4 2 3 5 6
1981-82 Victoria Cougars WHL 58 52 56 108 167 4 3 2 5 12
1981-82 Canada WJC-A 7 4 6 10 12
1982-83 Victoria Cougars WHL 20 21 22 43 61
1982-83 Canada WJC-A 7 1 3 4 19
1982-83 Buffalo Sabres NHL 36 15 12 27 59 -6 10 1 3 4 6
1983-84 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 16 27 43 52 -3 3 0 1 1 0
1984-85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 22 24 46 63 -7 5 2 2 4 15
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 20 31 51 120 +4
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 11 16 27 122 -16
1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 20 1 1 2 38 -2
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 40 4 13 17 41 -5
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 2 0
1989-90 New York Rangers NHLMGNT
1990-91 Hartford Whalers NHL 70 12 13 25 107 -8 6 1 0 1 10
1991-92 Hartford Whalers NHL 17 0 3 3 19 -4
1991-92 Springfield Indians AHL 43 11 18 29 30 11 0 3 3 12
1992-93 Springfield Indians AHL 41 7 14 21 44 15 3 2 5 12
NHL Totals 470 101 140 241 623 24 4 6 10 31


WHL Second All-Star Team (1982) Traded to NY Rangers by Buffalo with Buffalo's 10th round choice (Eric Fenton) in 1988 Entry Draft for Mike Donnelly and NY Rangers' 5th round choice (Alexander Mogilny) in 1988 Entry Draft, December 31, 1987.
Missed majority of 1988-89 season and entire 1989-90 due to knee surgery. Signed as a free agent by Hartford, September 30, 1990.