Though the team is in the process of rebuilding, the Buffalo Sabres continue to pack crowds into the KeyBank Center for lively net-to-net action. Watch Jack Eichel, the team’s leader in goals and assists, as he drives the Sabres with spectacular play and excellent leadership. Former Sabres star Phil Housley joined the team in the offseason as the head coach, connecting the team back to its glory days. This is a great time to pick up an affordable ticket, escape the snowy Buffalo streets, and head to the slightly warmer arena for world-class hockey action.
Rather than stick with the go-to Buffalo team nickname of “Bisons,” the city’s new team chose to call themselves the Sabres and played their first game in 1970. A spin of a roulette wheel led to Gilbert Perreault joining the team in their first season, and he ended up scoring more goals than any other rookie up to that point. But his record was soon eclipsed the next season by Rick Martin, who, along with Rene Robert and Perreault, made up the powerful line known as the “French Connection.” The 1974–75 season saw the team make their first Stanley Cup appearance, which included the legendary Fog Game, but they ended up losing to the Philadelphia Flyers in 6 games. There were plenty of ups and downs in the years that followed, but the Sabres once again returned to the Stanley Cup in 1999. Led by hall-of-fame goaltender Dominik Hasek, Miroslav Šatan, and Michal Grošek, the team lost to the Dallas Stars because of 2 controversial goals that Buffalo fans still remember. Since then, the league has had a couple lockouts and the team has had a few owners, but the Sabres have now stabilized and are ready to fight their way through the Atlantic Division.
After missing the NHL Playoffs for the last 6 seasons, the Sabres may be in danger of doing the same again this year, but that’s no reason to miss a game. Jack Eichel, Ryan O'Reilly, and Jason Pominville believe that the team can still win it all, so don’t pass up the opportunity to participate in one of Buffalo’s best things to do with a ticket to a Sabres game.