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All-Time Number Debate: 1 Jacques Cloutier

So many Sabres have come and gone in the organization over the past 39 years.  But who was the best wearing their number.  This is going to settle that debate.  Using the Buffalo Sabres Alumni listing of all-time uniform numbers we will post a player a day based on their number.  After a certain uniform number is up, we put the vote to you.


Jacques Cloutier played for the Sabres from 1982-1989 wearing number 1.  Cloutier came from the QMJHL and was drafted in the fourth round of the 1979 Entry Draft.  He was called to the Sabres for the first time in the 1981 season, but started wearing number one in the 1982 season.  Cloutier played 137 games for the Sabres, splitting roles between Rochester and Buffalo during that time.  He backed up a handful of prominent Sabres goalies including Darren Puppa and Clint Malarchuk.  He was the backup when Malarchuk suffered his life-threatning injury and carried them to the playoffs in the 1989 season. 

Cloutier was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks where he played for another season and then finished his career with the Quebec Nordiques.  Cloutier was hired as the goaltending coach for the Nordiques in 1995 and he is still with the organization now. 

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