In two weeks, the Buffalo Sabres will start celebrating 40 years as a franchise entertaining the great city of Buffalo. Here’s a Sabrenoise look at the history of the franchise, through the eyes of the captain.
1970-1971 Floyd Smith
Probably the most successful coach in Buffalo Sabres history. The first captain in Buffalo Sabres history, he transitioned the Sabres, who ended the 1971-1972 season in 6th place, to a first, and then two second place seasons in the division. In the first full season of being head coach he made the Stanley Cup Finals, and lost in the second round the next two years.
1971-1974 Gerry Meehan
With all the hatred between the Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers in this time period, Meehan sticks out as extra hated in Philadelphia. Philly needed a win or a tie in 1972 against the Sabres to make the playoffs. Meehan some how managed to beat Dough Havell from 80 feet out, ending the Flyers chances at a post season that year (to this day Flyers fans at this game hoped the shootout could have helped them into the playoffs).
1974-1977 Jim Schoenfeld
Sometimes, your remembered more for you actions off the ice. While Schoenfeld gave quite a career to talk about, this forgettable record attempt has to be a highlight to add here. (Hell what’s looking back at history if you can’t have a little fun). I am sure the Sabres are going to do a lot of serious based historical highlights this year, so I am gonna get my lighter side of hockey digs in! Probably one of the most memorable moments in Schony’s Sabres career was his hit that opened the Zomboni entrance, and the off ice fight that ensued!
1977-1982 Danny Gare
Gare was only the fifth Buffalo Sabre in history to have his number retired. Number 18 will forever hang in the rafters, and will never see game action again. Fitting tribute to man who could put the puck in the net so well, that he was able to upset the trio of the French Connection, taking over right wing duties from Rene Robert on the power play.