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Buffalo Sabres
Conference Eastern
Division Atlantic
Founded 1970
History Buffalo Sabres
1970–present
Home arena KeyBank Center
City Buffalo, New York
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Colors Navy blue, gold, silver
              
Media MSG Western New York
WGR 550
Bell
Sabres Hockey Network
Owner(s) Terrence Pegula
General manager Jason Botterill
Head coach Ralph Krueger
Captain Jack Eichel
Minor league affiliates Rochester Americans (AHL)
Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL)
Stanley Cups 0
Conference championships 3 (1974–75, 1979–80, 1998–99)
Presidents' Trophies 1 (2006–07)
Division championships 6 (1974–75, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1996–97, 2006–07, 2009–10)

The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. They compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The team was established in 1970, along with the Vancouver Canucks, when the league expanded to 14 teams. They have played at KeyBank Center since 1996. Prior to that, the Buffalo Sabres played at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium from the start of the franchise in 1970. The Sabres are owned by Terry Pegula, who purchased the club in 2011 from Tom Golisano. The Sabres have the longest active playoff drought in the NHL, at 8 seasons.

The team has twice advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals, losing to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1975 and to the Dallas Stars in 1999. The best known line in team history is The French Connection, which consisted of Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin and Rene Robert. All three players have had their sweater numbers (11, 7 and 14, respectively) retired and a statue erected in their honor at KeyBank Center in 2012. The Sabres, along with the Canucks, share the record for being the longest continuously running active NHL franchise to have never won the Stanley Cup.

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