The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. They are members of the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Sabres, along with the Vancouver Canucks, joined the NHL in the 197071 season. Their first owners were Seymour Knox III and Northrup Knox, scions of a family long prominent in Western New York. Buffalo had a history of professional hockey. The Buffalo Bisons were one of the pillars of the American Hockey League (AHL), winning the Calder Cup in their final season. Wanting a name other than 'bison,' which was common among Buffalo sports teams, the Knoxes immediately commissioned a name-the-team contest. The winning choice, 'Sabres,' was chosen because Seymour Knox felt that a sabre, a weapon carried by a leader, could be used effectively on both offense and defense.
Contributions by Skudrafan1, TerminalPreppie, and Masterhatch.