Centre Gerry Meehan was a fine scorer and playmaker who could also check effectively. He played nearly 700 games for six clubs and turned to the administrative side of hockey the after his playing days.
The Toronto native excelled with the junior Marlboros and helped the club win the Memorial Cup in 1967. After scoring 31 goals for the CHL's Tulsa Oilers in 1967-68, he played 25 games for the Leafs the next year. In March 1969, he was sent to the Philadelphia Flyers as part of package used to acquire veteran Forbes Kennedy.
Meehan didn't fit into the Flyers' plans and was sent to the WHL's Seattle Totems for the entire 1969-70 season. He finally received a chance to prove himself after the Buffalo Sabres picked him in the 1970 Expansion Draft. Meehan scored 94 goals in four seasons with the club and was captain for three years. He earned a measure of revenge against Philly on the last night of the 1971-72 season when he scored late in the third period on an 80-foot shot to pin a defeat on his former team that eliminated them from playoff contention.
Meehan began the 1974-75 season in Buffalo but eventually moved to the Vancouver Canucks and Atlanta Flames. In January 1976, the Flames traded him to the Washington Capitals. The veteran pivot was an offensive star and team leader for his new club. In 1976-77, he recorded a career high 64 points while playing with Bill Riley and Bob Sirois. By the end of the decade, he began to slow down and retired in 1979. Along the way he earned the distinction of being the first player to score 100 points in a Caps uniform. During the 1986-87 season, he replaced Scotty Bowman as general manager of the Buffalo Sabres, a position he held until the end of the 1992-93 season.