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#1 \GoBillsInDallas/

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 08:17 AM

http://www.buffalone...-owner-20130909

93-year-old Joshua Tsujimoto passed away in Buffalo last month. In all accounts, an educated, successful man held in high regard by everyone.

Why is this on the board?

In 1974, the Sabres were bored with the endless NHL draft and decided to have a little fun by drafting an imaginary player. They decided he should be Japanese and would be from the lower levels of the Japanese professional leagues.

John Anderson, former Sabres scouting director, came up with the first name "Taro" (a common Japanese name). Paul Wieland, former Sabres PR man, remembered that there was some "Japanese gift shop" somewhere in Buffalo. And by checking the phone book, they found their name.

And thus, "Taro Tsujimoto" was born.

http://en.wikipedia..../Taro_Tsujimoto

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 08:35 AM

View Post\GoBillsInDallas/, on 10 September 2013 - 08:17 AM, said:

http://www.buffalone...-owner-20130909

93-year-old Joshua Tsujimoto passed away in Buffalo last month. In all accounts, an educated, successful man held in high regard by everyone.

Why is this on the board?

In 1974, the Sabres were bored with the endless NHL draft and decided to have a little fun by drafting an imaginary player. They decided he should be Japanese and would be from the lower levels of the Japanese professional leagues.

John Anderson, former Sabres scouting director, came up with the first name "Taro" (a common Japanese name). Paul Wieland, former Sabres PR man, remembered that there was some "Japanese gift shop" somewhere in Buffalo. And by checking the phone book, they found their name.

And thus, "Taro Tsujimoto" was born.

http://en.wikipedia..../Taro_Tsujimoto

Nice find. RIP, Mr. Tsujimoto.

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 09:25 AM

The Sabres should retire Taros name and number to the rafters this season in his honor

Might be the only reason to go see a game this year...........

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 09:28 AM

The "Taro Say" banners in the Aud were great.

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 10:51 AM

Always amusing to listen to Paul tell this story. One of the few of his stories I know to be true.

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 10:56 AM

I don't know how you find this stuff, GoBills, but I'm glad you do!

The thing about that story that still boggles my mind is how they could have wasted a draft pick. They ended up drafting a real player after that, and at least two future NHLers were picked by other teams as well.

View PostDStebb, on 10 September 2013 - 10:51 AM, said:

Always amusing to listen to Paul tell this story. One of the few of his stories I know to be true.

Did you read his Sabres book?

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 11:15 AM

I remember that well.  I think Punch was upset by having to draft by conference call via phone that year.  I think he wanted to have a general meeting where managers could actively talk with each other.  This was his way of protesting and the league actually believed it for a while.  People were scrambling to find the Kanata team in Japan!  lol!  (Kanta - if I'm spelling it right - means 'sword' in Japanese)

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 11:32 AM

View PostPASabreFan, on 10 September 2013 - 10:56 AM, said:

I don't know how you find this stuff, GoBills, but I'm glad you do!

The thing about that story that still boggles my mind is how they could have wasted a draft pick. They ended up drafting a real player after that, and at least two future NHLers were picked by other teams as well.

While true, being picked at #183 would be early 7th round today, or "very little chance of making it". Of the 70 guys drafted afterwards only 2 became NHL players. With those odds, creating a legend is so worth it in my books.

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 12:03 PM

LMAO I missed this part, too!

In addition to the obituary link that I posted above, the Buffalo News also has a death notice listing:

http://www.legacy.co...o&pid=166822803

Take a look at the obituary, then take a look at the death notice, and see that Joshua has a "cousin" surviving him as well!

:worthy: :lol: :clapping:

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 12:10 PM

View Post\GoBillsInDallas/, on 10 September 2013 - 12:03 PM, said:

LMAO I missed this part, too!

In addition to the obituary link that I posted above, the Buffalo News also has a death notice listing:

http://www.legacy.co...o&pid=166822803

Take a look at the obituary, then take a look at the death notice, and see that Joshua has a "cousin" surviving him as well!

:worthy: :lol: :clapping:

That is f*cking awesome.

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 12:35 PM

Tsujimoto's Gift Shop was on Seneca Street (78)  in East Aurora / Elma when I was a kid. Awesome find. I don't post here much, but the entertainment value here is unreal.

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 01:27 PM

So either the family has a sense of humor, the obit writer has a sense of humor (seems less likely) or… there really is a Taro Tsujimoto! (They picked Taro, according to Wieland, because it's a common Japanese name.)

Now, different thread I know, but if the Sabres' marketing people were smart, they'd track this guy down and bring him to Buffalo for Taro Tsujimoto night. He could come out in uniform — hell, retire the number. Let the legend live!

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 01:45 PM

View PostBMWR100RT, on 10 September 2013 - 12:35 PM, said:

Tsujimoto's Gift Shop was on Seneca Street (78)  in East Aurora / Elma when I was a kid. Awesome find. I don't post here much, but the entertainment value here is unreal.

Whereabouts? That's right were I grew up. Wait, is it the place near Seneca and Jamison ("A Snails Place" now)?

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 01:51 PM

View PostMattPie, on 10 September 2013 - 01:45 PM, said:



Whereabouts? That's right were I grew up. Wait, is it the place near Seneca and Jamison ("A Snails Place" now)?

Pretty sure that is the one he/ she is talking about. Stopped there plenty of times with the family on the way to the family farm in Colden

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 01:54 PM

View Posttom webster, on 10 September 2013 - 01:51 PM, said:

Pretty sure that is the one he/ she is talking about. Stopped there plenty of times with the family on the way to the family farm in Colden

Heh, that's maybe a mile or two from my parents' house, and I went to cub scouts with the sons of the current owner (or last I knew).

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 02:27 PM

View PostPASabreFan, on 10 September 2013 - 01:27 PM, said:

So either the family has a sense of humor, the obit writer has a sense of humor (seems less likely) or… there really is a Taro Tsujimoto! (They picked Taro, according to Wieland, because it's a common Japanese name.)

Now, different thread I know, but if the Sabres' marketing people were smart, they'd track this guy down and bring him to Buffalo for Taro Tsujimoto night. He could come out in uniform — hell, retire the number. Let the legend live!

Awesome.

I would guess that the family has a sense of humor.

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 03:51 PM

View PostBullwinkle III, on 10 September 2013 - 11:15 AM, said:

I remember that well.  I think Punch was upset by having to draft by conference call via phone that year.  I think he wanted to have a general meeting where managers could actively talk with each other.  This was his way of protesting and the league actually believed it for a while.  People were scrambling to find the Kanata team in Japan!  lol!  (Kanta - if I'm spelling it right - means 'sword' in Japanese)

The team name was "Tokyo Katanas".  The katana is a long "samarai" sword, having a curved (and VERY sharp) blade.  I always thought that Punch drafting a non-existent player from a phantom team was a real hoot.  Paul Wieland kept up the April Fools jokes for several years after.  I remember one year, they sent out a press release saying that the Sabres would be playing an exhibition game on an artificial ice surface on the aft deck of the USS Little Rock. Those were the days (sigh...)

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 06:10 PM

View PostPASabreFan, on 10 September 2013 - 01:27 PM, said:

So either the family has a sense of humor, the obit writer has a sense of humor (seems less likely) or… there really is a Taro Tsujimoto! (They picked Taro, according to Wieland, because it's a common Japanese name.)

Now, different thread I know, but if the Sabres' marketing people were smart, they'd track this guy down and bring him to Buffalo for Taro Tsujimoto night. He could come out in uniform — hell, retire the number. Let the legend live!

The Sabres should be focused on the on ice product, not some front office joke from the 70s!

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 06:15 PM

This is all somehow Darcy's fault.

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 06:22 PM

View PostIKnowPhysics, on 10 September 2013 - 06:15 PM, said:

This is all somehow Darcy's fault.

Stop it, that's GoDD's job and he's super cereal!

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 07:56 PM

Excellent.  My fantasy hockey team this year is the Tokyo Katanas, and the rest of my league is dumbfounded by the Taro story.

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Stop it, that's GoDD's job and he's super cereal!
Say what?

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 09:21 PM

View Post\GoBillsInDallas/, on 10 September 2013 - 12:03 PM, said:

LMAO I missed this part, too!

In addition to the obituary link that I posted above, the Buffalo News also has a death notice listing:

http://www.legacy.co...o&pid=166822803

Take a look at the obituary, then take a look at the death notice, and see that Joshua has a "cousin" surviving him as well!

:worthy: :lol: :clapping:

Where is Toyoko?

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 05:34 AM

View PostCereal, on 10 September 2013 - 07:56 PM, said:

Excellent.  My fantasy hockey team this year is the Tokyo Katanas, and the rest of my league is dumbfounded by the Taro story.

Say what?

should watch south park episode with al gore :D
the manbearpig one :blink: