In the 1975 Amateur Draft the Buffalo Sabres took three goalies; only two would make it to the NHL. Don Edwards was taken 89th overall, while Bob Sauve was drafted in the first round, 17th overall. The two were brought up at the same time through the Sabres' system and at times competed for the top position in Buffalo. Who knew they would share a Vezina trophy in 1980?
Sauve played with the QMJHL's Laval Titan for three seasons before being drafted by the Sabres in '75. He was called up to the NHL for four games during the 1976-77 season but spent the majority of the year with the AHL's Rhode Island Reds. While Sauve was with the Reds, Edwards played with the Sabres minor team, the Hershey Bears, also in the AHL. It was Edwards who got the call to Buffalo and played so well that he stayed with the team.
The next season saw Sauve split time with the Bears and the Sabres as Edwards' backup. Then, at the start of the 1978-79 season, Sauve went into training camp determined to make the Sabres team for good. Unfortunately, he suffered a broken finger and began the season in Hershey. After Edwards suffered a sprained ankle Sauve was called up to Buffalo, this time to stay.
The duo of Sauve and Edwards had an immediate impact on the Sabres. Sauve led the league in goals against average for the 1979-80 season and shared the Vezina Trophy for best goaltender with Edwards in the same season.
In 1980-81, Sauve saw his younger brother, Jean-Francois, join the Sabres as a high- scoring centre from the QMJHL. The family reunion took a short respite when the next season Bob was traded to the Detroit Red Wings. He rejoined the Sabres in the off-season, signing as a free agent as Don Edwards was traded to the Calgary Flames. Sauve was joined by Tom Barrasso in the 1983-84 season and went on to share the William M. Jennings Trophy for fewest goals allowed in 1984-85.
Sauve was dealt to the Blackhawks for the 1985-86 season and stayed for two seasons before signing with the Devils in 1987. After two season in New Jersey, Sauve retired from the NHL and go on to watch his son Phillipe (also a goalie) play for team USA in the World Junior Championship in 2000.