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Height  6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Name  Daren Puppa
Career end  2000
Career start  1985

Playing career  1985–2000
Weight  93 kg
Caught  Right
Role  Ice hockey player
Position  Goaltender
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Born  March 23, 1965 (age 50) Kirkland Lake, ON, CAN (1965-03-23)
Played for  Buffalo Sabres Toronto Maple Leafs Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Draft  74th overall, 1983 Buffalo Sabres
Education  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Similar People  Georges Vezina, Jon Cooper, Tim Taylor

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Daren James Puppa (born March 23, 1965 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario) is a former professional ice hockey goaltender in the NHL. During his career he played for the Buffalo Sabres, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Toronto Maple Leafs.


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Puppa started his professional career in 1985, splitting time between the Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans. Aged 20 years, 223 days, he made his NHL debut on November 1, 1985, and posted a 2-0 shutout win over the Edmonton Oilers Following the trade of Buffalo's all-star goaltender Tom Barrasso to the Pittsburgh Penguins early in the 1988–89 season, Puppa battled Jacques Cloutier to establish himself as the Sabres' number one goalie, and the following season Puppa led the league with 31 wins in 56 games. In the 1992–93 season he was traded to the Maple Leafs, but played only eight games for them before being claimed by the Lightning via the Panthers in the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft. In 1995–96, Puppa's stellar goaltending was a major factor in the Lightning earning their first playoff berth in team history. The team took the heavily-favoured Philadelphia Flyers to six games before losing in the first round.

However, the next season Puppa developed chronic back trouble, and only played six games for the entire season. He only played 44 more games over the next four years, and he was forced to retire midway through the 1999–2000 season.

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Puppa was the runner up to Patrick Roy for the 1989–1990 Vezina Trophy, awarded to the best NHL goaltender each year.

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He currently lives in Tampa, Florida.

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Darren Puppa is the only NHL player to be drafted twice in the same expansion year.

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