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S.C. Hall of Fame
Gilbert Perreault
Rick Martin
Rene Robert
Danny Gare
Craig Ramsey
Jim Schoenfeld
Pat LaFontaine
Dominik Hasek

Team Records
Points 113
Wins 49
Losses 44
Goals 354
Goals Against 308

Player Records

Record
Player
No.
Seasons
Perreault
17
Games
Perreault
1191
Goals
Perreault
512
Assists
Perreault
814
Points
Perreault
1326

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FLYERS WIN THE CUP IN BUFFALO
By George Walters, Sabres History Correspondant
Saturday, June 19, 1999

The "Dream" was shattered by one of the least likely villains. Bob Kelly, sometimes called "Hound" didn't expect to be playing in this situation. Kelly had scored only11 goals during the regular season and wasn't playing on any regular line. It was a scoreless game starting out the third period and Kelly was out for the opening faceoff. For some unknown reason, he was replacing Bill Barber at left wing, who had started the game. Kelly was being teamed with Bobby Clarke and Reggie Leach. The puck went behind the Sabres net and Kelly slammed into Korab as they battled for the puck. Bobby Clarke joined in and trapped Korab to the boards. Kelley got to the puck and tried to wrap around Roger Crozier, who was in for Desjardins. Crozier tried to poke the puck away from Kelly but failed. Kelley decided to shoot the puck before another Sabres would barrel into him. The shot went past Crozier, who was blocking the short side and into the far side of the net to open the scoring of the game and it was ultimately the goal that destroyed any Sabres hopes of winning the Stanley Cup for 24 years.

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SABRES TIE UP 75 SCF AGAINST FLYERS
By George Walters, Sabres History Correspondant
Saturday, June 19, 1999

It was another hot and steamy night at Memorial Auditorium, as 15,863 sweltering fans wearing clothes more fitting for the beach than a hockey game cheered their team on. They had witnessed a fog game 2 nights before and a bat circling the premises, so they came prepared for anything on this night.

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SABRES WIN FIRST STANLEY CUP GAME IN FOG
By George Walters, Sabres History Correspondant
Sunday, June 13, 1999

There was this thing about a bat. Somehow a bat had gotten into the old Memorial Auditorium and was flying around the ice for quite a while during the game. Jim Lorentz, now the Empire Sports Network Sabres color commentator, decided to take matters into his own hands. He was about to take the faceoff when he saw the bat coming. He raised his stick and swatted the bat in mid-air, ending his tour of the Stanley Cup finals. Rick MacLeish picked up the dead bat and dumped him into the penalty box. The crowd loved this extra-curricular activity. The appearance of a bat should have been a good indication to the fans that this was going to be an Erie, I mean eerie night of hockey between the Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers in game 3 of the 1975 Stanley Cup finals.

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Buffalo Bisons Hockey Photo Album
By Rick Anderson
December 25, 2000

Bisons goalie Ed Chadwick protects the side of the net as John Miszuk (5) of the Bisons and Duke Harris of the Hornets battle for the puck. Billy Dea (12) of the Bisons skates in to give a helping hand and Paul Popiel of Buffalo is in the background (middle).
[Buffalo Courier Express Photo]

Merry Christmas Sabres fans! As a Christmas gift to all you old timers, I have just scanned some old Buffalo Bisons hockey pictures from the 1960s.

Before the Buffalo Sabres, there were the Buffalo Bisons. They played in the American Hockey League and their home games were held in Memorial Auditorium. Here are some pictures scanned from some old newspaper clippings from the BUFFALO NEWS and the old COURIER EXPRESS , which ceased operations many years ago. The last picture is of Danny Gare, when he scored his 50th goal in the last regular season game in 1976 for the Sabres.

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Gilbert Perreault's views of hockey today
By Rick Anderson
February 8, 2000

Gilbert Perreault's views of hockey today Hockey is much different today than it was in the mid-70's. Just ask former Sabres' captain and Hall of Fame member Gil Perreault. Perreault was in town just recently and had plenty to say about the state of hockey today.

"During the 70's, the style of the game was different," Perreault said last week. "Today, there's 30 teams (actually, there are 28 teams now with 2 expansion teams to be added next season) and in the 70's, there were 14 teams. The talent was there (back in the 70's) and today there are 30 teams, so it's hard to put two lines together like we had. During our time, we had four lines. I think we had nine guys over 30 goals. Of course today, the game is different. You have the few guys who score 20 goals or more, but the style of the game is very tight - it's not an open game like it used to be in the 70's. But today, you know, that's the way they play the game, and it's a close game. That's the way hockey is."

Gilbert Perreault was the Buffalo Sabres first ever draft choice in the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft. The Sabres won the first overall draft choice over the other expansion team at the time, the Vancouver Canucks. Punch Imlach, the Sabres first coach and GM took Perreault as his choice and built his franchise around him. He supplied instant dividends for the Sabres when he won the league's Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year in the team's first season, 1970-71. It marked the second consecutive Calder award that was awarded to Buffalo or one of its hockey players. The year before, the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League concluded their final season in that league by winning the Calder Cup (the AHL's league championship).

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