Buffalo Sabres facts for kids
|Home arena||KeyBank Center|
|City||Buffalo, New York|
|Colors||Navy blue, gold, silver
|Media||MSG Western New York
Sabres Hockey Network
|General manager||Jason Botterill|
|Head coach||Ralph Krueger|
|Minor league affiliates||Rochester Americans (AHL)
Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL)
|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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A statue of the French Connection line stands outside KeyBank Center. Consisting of Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin, and Rene Robert, they played together from 1972 to 1979.
The Sabres playing a game during the 1998–99 season. The Sabres were later crowned the Eastern Conference champions following the 1999 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Mikael Tellqvist was acquired by the Sabres on March 4, 2009. He was their backup goaltender for the remainder of the 2008–09 season.
Jason Pominville was named the 13th Sabres team captain before the start of the 2012–13 season.
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