Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York who play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team was established in 1970, along with the Vancouver Canucks, when the league expanded to 14 teams. They have played at First Niagara Center since 1996, having previously played at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium from the start of the franchise in 1970.

 

The team name, as so often, was a matter of argument and controversy. Wanting a name other than "bison," which was common among Buffalo sports teams, the owners immediately commissioned a name-the-team contest. The winning choice, "Sabres," was chosen because it was felt that a sabre, a weapon carried by a leader, could be used effectively on both offense and defense.

The team has twice advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals, losing to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1975 and to the Dallas Stars in 1999. The best known line in team history is the so-called French Connection, which consisted of Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin and Rene Robert. All three players have had their sweater numbers (11, 7 and 14, respectively) retired and a statue erected in their honor at First Niagara Center in 2012. Tim Horton (2), Pat LaFontaine (16), Danny Gare (18) and Dominik Hasek (39) have also had their jersey numbers retired.

Let’s have a look at the profiles of some of these outstanding players. Gilbert Perreault played for 17 seasons with the Sabres. He was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990. Known for his ability to stickhandle in close quarters, he is regarded as one of the most skilful play-making centres of all time. He is the original Buffalo Sabre because he was drafted first by the team in their inaugural season in the NHL.

 

Rick Martin played for the Sabres for ten years from 1971-1981. His best season was the 1974–75 NHL season when he scored 52 goals and 95 points in only 68 games. Martin scored at least 44 goals five times in his NHL career.

René Robert wore a Sabres jersey from 1971 to 1979. His best offensive season was the 1974–75 season when he scored 40 goals and 60 assists for 100 points, the club's first 100 point season by an individual.

Pat LaFontaine who throughout his career only represented New York teams, played for the Sabres from 1991 to 1997. His 1.17 points per game (1,013 points over 865 games) is the best among American-born ice hockey players, active or retired.

Tim Horton joined the Sabres for the last two years of his hockey career when he was already 42 and suffering from near-sightedness. Nevertheless in 1973, his performance assisted the Sabres in their first playoff appearance.

 

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Buffalo Sabres tickets - 2017-2018
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NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Buffalo Sabres vs Dallas Stars
Buffalo, NY, USA - KeyBank Center
20 Jan 2018,
13:00
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NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Calgary Flames vs Buffalo Sabres
Calgary, Canada - Scotiabank Saddledome
22 Jan 2018,
19:00
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22
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Edmonton Oilers vs Buffalo Sabres
Edmonton, Canada - Rogers Place
23 Jan 2018,
19:00
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57
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Vancouver Canucks vs Buffalo Sabres
Vancouver, Canada - Rogers Arena
25 Jan 2018,
19:00
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46
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Buffalo Sabres vs New Jersey Devils
Buffalo, NY, USA - KeyBank Center
30 Jan 2018,
19:00
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21
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Buffalo Sabres vs Florida Panthers
Buffalo, NY, USA - KeyBank Center
01 Feb 2018,
19:00
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21
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Buffalo Sabres vs St. Louis Blues
Buffalo, NY, USA - KeyBank Center
03 Feb 2018,
19:00
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45
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Buffalo Sabres vs Anaheim Ducks
Buffalo, NY, USA - KeyBank Center
06 Feb 2018,
19:00
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20
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders
Buffalo, NY, USA - KeyBank Center
08 Feb 2018,
19:00
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20
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Boston Bruins vs Buffalo Sabres
Boston, MA, USA - TD Garden
10 Feb 2018,
19:00
from
109
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Buffalo Sabres vs Colorado Avalanche
Buffalo, NY, USA - KeyBank Center
11 Feb 2018,
19:00
from
21
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Buffalo Sabres vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Buffalo, NY, USA - KeyBank Center
13 Feb 2018,
19:00
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21
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Ottawa Senators vs Buffalo Sabres
Ottawa, Canada - Canadian Tire Centre
15 Feb 2018,
19:30
from
28
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Buffalo Sabres vs Los Angeles Kings
Buffalo, NY, USA - KeyBank Center
17 Feb 2018,
13:00
from
32
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Buffalo Sabres vs Washington Capitals
Buffalo, NY, USA - KeyBank Center
19 Feb 2018,
15:00
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26
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Detroit Red Wings vs Buffalo Sabres
Detroit, MI, USA - Little Caesars Arena
22 Feb 2018,
19:30
from
80
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Washington Capitals vs Buffalo Sabres
Washington DC, USA - Capital One Arena
24 Feb 2018,
19:00
from
59
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Buffalo Sabres vs Boston Bruins
Buffalo, NY, USA - KeyBank Center
25 Feb 2018,
17:00
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34
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres
Tampa, FL, USA - Amalie Arena
28 Feb 2018,
19:00
from
47
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Florida Panthers vs Buffalo Sabres
Sunrise, FL, USA - BB&T Center (Formerly Bank Atlantic Center)
02 Mar 2018,
19:30
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25
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Buffalo Sabres vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Buffalo, NY, USA - KeyBank Center
05 Mar 2018,
19:00
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66
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Buffalo Sabres vs Calgary Flames
Buffalo, NY, USA - KeyBank Center
07 Mar 2018,
19:30
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20
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Ottawa Senators vs Buffalo Sabres
Ottawa, Canada - Canadian Tire Centre
08 Mar 2018,
19:30
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30
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Buffalo Sabres vs Vegas Golden Knights
Buffalo, NY, USA - KeyBank Center
10 Mar 2018,
13:00
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35
NHL (Ice Hockey) (Ice Hockey) Buffalo Sabres vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Buffalo, NY, USA - KeyBank Center
15 Mar 2018,
19:00
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63