The Buffalo Sabres are members of the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League. They have built a long and loving relationship with fans since their first game in 1970, making Buffalo Sabres tickets sometimes hard to find. Through the years holders of Buffalo Sabres tickets have been treated to thrilling displays of championship-level hockey.
Initially shut out of the early NHL expansion efforts in 1965, brothers Northrup and Seymour Knox persisted and eventually offered the first Buffalo Sabres season tickets for the 1970-71 season. The name was born as the result of a contest where more than 13,000 entries contained suggestions such as the Flying Zeppelins and the Mugwumps. According to the Sabres, their name was chosen because a saber is both a clean, sharp offensive weapon, as well as a strong defensive weapon.
The first coach hired was the memorable George “Punch” Imlach who took the position partly as a way of getting even with the Toronto Maple Leafs for firing him despite winning four Stanley Cups. Imlach immediately launched into Sabres history by selecting Gilbert Perreault as the original Sabre. Perreault went on to capture the rookie scoring record and Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year.
The next year’s draft brought in Rick Martin, who achieved the astonishing feat of shattering Perreault’s rookie scoring record with 44 goals. The team completed the famed “French Connection” with the addition of Rene Robert. Together they led the team to its playoff debut in 1973 where Buffalo Sabres ticket holders learned the meaning of the phrase “Sabres on the warpath.” The 1974-75 season was another memorable year. Although losing in the finals to the Philadelphia Flyers, fans will remember the War Memorial Auditorium “game in the fog” and Jim Lorenz killing a bat with his hockey stick.
Fans who found Buffalo Sabres tickets for sale have been treated to many memorable hockey years as the team moved from the famous “Aud” to the now First Niagara Arena. They watched in horror as their goalie was cut on the throat by a skate, hissed at the infamous “no goal” and mourned the loss of player Tim Horton who was killed in an auto accident on his way to Buffalo.
Famous Sabres coaches include Joe Crozier and Scotty Bowman, along with player-turned-coach Lindy Ruff. The Knox brothers sold the team to Tom Galisano and it’s now headed by Tom Pegula, who vows to bring the Stanley Cup to Buffalo. Memorable players included tough guy Jim Schoenfeld, goalie Dominic Hasek with his “slinky of a spine,” goalie Ryan Miller and “Miller time,” Danny Gare, Danny Briere, Pat La-la-la-fontaine, Fred Stanfield and Gerry Desjardins. Many members of the team’s glory years have been honored on the Sabres wall of fame and in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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