Thursday, May 8, 2008

Action Photos

Original photo by Robert Shaver (1934-2010), photographer for the Buffalo Sabres from their inception in 1970 to the early 1990s. This photo shows Gerry Meehan and Terry Crisp of the St. Louis Blues and has the following note handwritten on the back: "This photo was 70-71 season. Won 3rd prize in NHL Hall of Fame contest." It was also used for the cover of the 1971-72 Sabres yearbook.


Original photo by Robert Shaver of Meehan trying to hold up Yvan Cournoyer of the Montreal Canadiens. Nicknamed "The Roadrunner," Cournoyer played from 1963 to 1979 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982.

Original photo by Robert Shaver of Meehan being blocked by the Los Angeles Kings' Bob Woytowich during the 1971-72 season. Handwriting on the back says "Winnepeg" (sic), but Woytowich didn't play for the WHA's Winnipeg Jets until he left the Kings, and the uniform on the left is clearly the Kings.

As an Atlanta Flame, Meehan is upended against the Los Angeles Kings. The culprit appears to be Kings defenseman Neil Komadoski.


View a slideshow of 23 action photos taken by legendary Buffalo photographer Robert L. Smith (1930-2020). Smith worked for the Buffalo News from 1956 to 1995 and was the official photographer for the Buffalo Bills from 1960 to 2001. He was also the photographer for the Buffalo Braves of the NBA. These photos, most of them signed, are original prints from negatives and were acquired from his family. 

Original photo by Robert Shaver showing Meehan facing off against Chicago Blackhawk great Stan Mikita.

Original photo by Steve Sutton, whose name is written in red on the back side. Meehan is chasing center Walt Tzaczuk of the New York Rangers. 


Original AP photo published April 7, 1975. Caption: "FLYER MOVES ON -- Rick MacLeish of the Philadelphia Flyers moves the puck as Gerry Meehan of the Atlanta Flames makes a try at the play." 

Original 5x7 photo from 1976 by Jerry Wachter. In the background is goalie Bernie Wolfe.

Original photo obtained from the Boston Globe. As an Atlanta Flame, Meehan is pictured with Andy Savard, Dallas Smith, and Gilles Gilbert of the Boston Bruins, Oct. 21, 1975. 


Original AP photo from 1975.  Caption: "ATLANTA, Nov. 25 -- FLAMEOUT -- Montreal Canadiens' Pierre Bouchard (26) blocks a shot on goal by Atlanta Flames' Gerry Meehan (10) during the 1st period of Tuesday night's game in Atlanta. Canadiens goals Ken Dryden (29) watches the puck fly past."


Lower quality AP photo from 1973. "BUFFALO, N.Y., Feb. 12 -- EDWARDS SAVES -- Roy Edwards comes out of the goal to make a save against Gerry Meehan of the Buffalo Sabres. Helping out for the Detroit Red Wings is Gary Bergman (2)."


Autographed 8x10 photo, by Robert Shaver


Sabres vs. Flyers

Original AP photo from Oct. 19, 1973. Caption: "ONE THAT MISSED: Buffalo Sabres forward Gerry Meehan, No. 15, watches his shot slide by the goal and get covered by Los Angeles Kings goalie Gary Edwards. Kings defenseman Larry Brown follows the play. The Sabres won the contest, 6-2, to take the first home victory of the NHL season."