In August of 2019, the Buffalo Sabres announced that they are going to re-brand their alternate logo and jersey at the start of the 2020-21 NHL Season. On July 10th 2020 a lot of users on social media are using the concept jerseys of the "Buffalo head" as their alternates and it possibly could happen.
Where did the logo start? The logo was introduced at the beginning of the 1996-97 NHL Season and it made a lot of memories. When the Sabres unveiled the look and jersey, Sabres fans were in awe and were pumped to see what's it would look like out on the ice. On Opening Night, the fans called this a home run because the logo and the jersey were among the most popular sweaters in the NHL.
The Buffalo Sabres also used the logo and jersey for the 1999 Stanley Cup Final where lost to the Dallas Stars. They also used it for six playoff appearances in 1997-2001 and 2006 Playoffs.
Here are the best memories from the Buffalo Sabres "Buffalo Head" era.
In his first year with the Buffalo Sabres goaltender Dominik Hasek was one of the greatest goaltenders in the 90s and in Buffalo Sabres history. Whenever it came to playoffs, Hasek was among the best goaltenders and made countless miraculous saves where the fans just went crazy. In the 1998 Playoffs, against the Philadelphia Flyers, Hasek makes five incredible saves in a row where Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret exclaimed "Oh my do you believe? Do you believe? Oh brother we are not worthy!" And it's one of the best saves & calls of all-time.
The second best memory of the jersey is from the 2006 Eastern Conference Semifinals when Sabres F, Jason Pominville scored the overtime game-winner in Game 5 to eliminate the Ottawa Senators and send the Buffalo Sabres to the Eastern Conference Final to play against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Sabres won the series 4 games to 1 over Ottawa and it marked their return to the Eastern Conference Final since 1999 where they beat the Toronto Maple Leafs of 4 games to 1.
I think that this one is memorable for Sabres fans from Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in overtime when Sabres Defenseman Brian Campbell "freight-trained" Flyers forward R.J. Umberger and the whole arena erupted with cheers. For radio and tv broadcasters, from the reaction of Rick Jeanneret when the hit came he said "Oh what a hit by Campbell" When the Flyers players went after Brian Campbell, the cheers went even louder. Also, Sabres fans calls this hit called "The Hit" and it was a moment that they will never forget.
Let's see if more memories like this can be made and hopefully the Sabres can return to the playoffs.