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Buffalo Bisons Hockey Photo Album

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.

If anyone has some old Bisons or Sabres pictures to share, please email them as attachments to Sabresword@buffalo.com. Thank you.
From the early 60s, the Buffalo Bisons. From left to right: Chico Maki (16), with the Cullen brothers, Brian (14) and Barry (11).
[Buffalo News Photo]

High scoring machine. This was a potent line for the Buffalo Bisons in the AHL. Doug Robinson (#17 - 36 goals), Art Stratton (middle - 20 goals) and John McKenzie (25 goals).
[Buffalo News Photo]

Pittsburgh Hornet's goalie Hank Bassen pounces on puck at last second to make save. This playoff game was played on March 31, 1965 and the Buffalo Bisons won the game 5-4.
[Buffalo Courier Express Photo]

John Miszuk (5) scores against Pittsburgh's Hank Bassen as the Bisons blister the Hornets 9-0.
[Buffalo News Photo]

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]

The Bisons Len Lunde (7) nets his record breaking 43rd goal against the Cleveland Barons goalie Les Binkley. Trailing the play is Art Stratton (6, left), and the Barons Frank Martin (4) and Bill Needham (6). Circa 1965.
[Buffalo Courier Express Photo]

Ian Cushenan (middle), dives to block a shot in the Bisons' 3-1 victory over the Springfield Indians in Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium. Dave Dryden, who also played goal for the Buffalo Sabres in the mid-70s, awaits the shot. Indian players from left to right are Jimmy Anderson (10), Pete Shearer and Brian Smith.
[Buffalo Courier Express Photo]

Danny Gare celebrates scoring his 50th goal of the season against Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Gord McRae. In the background behind the net is Leafs' great Borje Salming. This goal completed Gare's hat trick on the final game of the regular season. Circa: April 4, 1976.
[Buffalo News Photo]

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