Buffalo Sabres in History

Events in Sport

  • 1969-12-02 Two years after doubling its size from six to 12, the NHL announces 2 new teams would be joining the League the following year; Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks
  • 1970-01-16 Inaugural Buffalo Sabres owners Seymour H. Knox III and Northrup Knox hire former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager and head coach Punch Imlach in the same capacities for their new NHL franchise
  • 1974-12-05 1st Wash Cap penalty shot, Tom Williams unsuccessful vs Buff Sabres
  • 1975-05-27 Stanley Cup Final, The Aud, Buffalo, NY: Philadelphia Flyers take back-to-back titles; beat Buffalo Sabres, 2-0 for a 4-2 series win
  • 1975-12-21 Buffalo Sabres set NHL record of 40 points beating Caps 14-2 scoring 5 goals vs Washington Caps in 4:57
  • 1977-01-25 30th NHL All-Star Game, Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC: Wales beats Campbell, 4-3; MVP: Rick Martin, Buffalo Sabres, LW
  • 1981-03-18 Buffalo Sabres sets NHL record of 9 goals in 1 period (vs Toronto)
  • 1981-03-19 Buffalo Sabres beat Toronto Maple Leafs 14-4
  • 1983-02-18 Right wing Lanny McDonald becomes the first player in NHL franchise Calgary Flames' history to score 50 goals in a season in a 5-1 loss to Buffalo Sabres
  • 1984-01-23 Buffalo Sabres become the first team in NHL history to win 10 straight road games with a 5-3 victory at Boston
  • 1986-03-01 Quebec's Peter Stastny becomes just the 2nd player in NHL history to score 100 points in each of his first 6 seasons, with an assist in an 8-4 Nordiques' loss to the visiting Buffalo Sabres
  • 1989-03-22 Clint Malarchuk of the Buffalo Sabres suffers a near-fatal injury when another player accidentally slits his throat.
  • 1993-02-17 Hartford right wing Pat Verbeek scores his 300th career NHL goal and adds his 300th career assist in a 5-3 Whalers' home loss to the Buffalo Sabres

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1993-03-01 Pavel Bure scores twice to become the first player in Vancouver's 23 year history to record 50 goals in an NHL season as Canucks beat the Buffalo Sabres, 5-2 in Hamilton

Ice Hockey Great Pavel Bure
Ice Hockey Great
Pavel Bure
  • 1994-04-27 7th longest NHL game at 125 min 43 sec: Buffalo Sabres beat New Jersey Devils 1-0 on a goal by Dave Hannan
  • 1998-06-04 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Washington Capitals beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 2
  • 1999-05-31 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Buffalo Sabres beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1

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1999-06-19 Stanley Cup, Marine Midland Arena, Buffalo, NY: Dallas Stars edge Buffalo Sabres, 2-1 in triple overtime for 4-2 series win; Brett Hull clinches series with infamous "No Goal" ruling

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • 2007-01-24 55th NHL All-Star Game, American Airlines Centre, Dallas, TX: West beats East, 12-9; MVP: Daniel Briere, Buffalo Sabres, C
  • 2007-05-19 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Ottawa Senators beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 1
  • 2018-06-22 NHL Draft: Frolunda HC (SHL) defenceman Rasmus Dahlin first pick by Buffalo Sabres

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1918-03-15 Punch Imlach, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame coach and general manager (Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1987)
  • 1949-11-18 Ted Sator, NHL coach (NY Rangers, Buffalo Sabres), born in Utica, New York
  • 1951-03-01 Jocelyn Guevremont, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (NHL All Star 1974; Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1959-06-02 Charlie Huddy, Oshawa, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1961-11-26 Dave Hannan, Canadian NHL center (Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche), born in Onaping Falls, Ontario
  • 1963-04-04 Dale Hawerchuk, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (#1 pick NHL Draft 1981; Calder Trophy 1982; Canada Cup 1987, 91; Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • 1963-04-16 Garry Galley, Canadian NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1964-08-09 Yuri Khmylev, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in Moscow, Russia

Person of interestPat LaFontaine

1965-02-22 Pat LaFontaine, American NHL center (NY Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, NY Rangers), born in St. Louis, Missouri

NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine
  • 1966-01-07 Randy Burridge, Canadian NHL left wing (NHL All Star 1992; Washington Capitals,; Boston Bruins), born in Fort Erie, Ontario
  • 1966-04-05 Brent Hughes, American NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in New Westminster, California
  • 1968-06-08 Rob Ray, Belleville, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1968-06-21 Darryl Shannon, Barrie, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1969-03-30 Mark Astley, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1969-08-31 Andrei Trefilov, Kirovo Russia, NHL goalie (Buffalo Sabres, Olympic silver 1998)
  • 1969-12-19 Scott Pearson, Cornwall, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1971-01-17 Derek Plante, American NHL center (Buffalo Sabres), born in Cloquet, Minnesota
  • 1971-03-08 Bob Boughner, Windsor, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1971-11-29 Brad May, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1973-05-04 Matthew Barnaby, Canadian NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1974-03-26 Mike Peca, NHL center (Buffalo Sabres), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1975-02-26 Mike Wilson, Canadian NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres), born in Brampton, Canada
  • 1978-04-01 Jean-Pierre Dumont, Canadian ice hockey right wing (World C'ship gold 2004; Buffalo Sabres, Nashville Predators), born in Montreal, Quebec

Deaths in Sport

  • 1987-12-01 Punch Imlach, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame coach and general manager (Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 2020-08-18 Dale Hawerchuk, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (#1 pick NHL Draft 1981; Calder Trophy 1982; Canada Cup 1987, 91; Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres), dies from stomach cancer at 57