The Buffalo Sabres ice hockey team appeared in 1970 when the NHL made a decision to expand the League’s top 14 franchises. The Buffalo Sabres was founded by the Knox brothers, Seymour and Northup, in 1970. The team is based in Buffalo, New York, USA.
The Knox brothers announced the name-the-team contest to acquire a more original and unique name for the franchise. Many ideas were submitted with names like “Mugwumps,” “Buzzing Bees,” “Buffalo Bisons,” “Flying Zeppelins,” “Buffalo Bulls,” etc. being suggested. However, the brothers thought that for Buffalo-based teams, such names were too plain and unsophisticated. Moreover, buffalo, bison, and bull refer to large, even-ungulate animals in the genus Bison. Finally, Sabres won out. The owners claimed they liked Sabres as it is an effective weapon in both offense and defense, so they hoped their team would be. Anyway, “Bulls,” “Bisons,” and “Buffaloes” are team monikers, as the Buffalo Sabres logo features a buffalo above two crossed sabers.
In the spring of 1996, died the Buffalo Sabres’ principal owner Seymour Knox III. In the 1996-97 season, the team changed its basic colors from blue and gold to black and red. The same year the Buffalo Sabres moved from Memorial Auditorium to new HSBC Arena.
Sabretooth, an anthropomorphic saber-toothed tiger, is the mascot of the Buffalo Sabres.
Meaning and History
The Buffalo Sabres are an ice hockey team whose logo features a mighty and aggressive bison, reflecting the team’s spirit. Indeed, “Katanas,” “Sabes,” “Sabs,” “Swords” as fans call them (after all, in addition to the wild animal, the Buffalo Sabres emblem used to have two sabers), always attempt to demonstrate the fighting spirit and ready-to-win mood.
Throughout its 50-year history, the team has changed five logos. The current logo Buffalo Sabres is a home run to the original one. The main color palette includes yellow and dark blue, though, for a long time, it was black and red.
1970 – 1996
Since it is supposed that the city was named after the American buffalo that once roamed the state of New York in vast herds, exactly this beast was chosen to be drawn in the first Buffalo Sabres logo. The original logo was a blue circle with a yellow outline. It contained two crossed sabers with yellow handles and a running white buffalo between them.
1996 – 1999
In the late 1990s, the team introduced a new logo and color scheme. The Buffalo Sabres moved away from a blue and yellow look in favor of black, red, and silver. The sabers in the logo were removed and replaced with the head of a buffalo with red eyes. This silver-and-black buffalo with a red outline was Sabers logo until 2006.
1999 – 2006
The Sabres logo again went through a slight redesign. The fourth logo had the better color quality and improved graphics.
2006 – 2010
The 2007 return to the original blue and yellow color scheme was a good call, but the design was recognized as one of the worst logos in sports history. The Buffaslug logo featured yellow buffalo with white horns and bright red eyes. The animal was depicted in profile, which helped to create the effect of a lifelike running buffalo.
2010 – until now
The current Sabres logo throws back to the 1970 original look, though it comes with a few adjustments, like improved graphics and some contemporary details. The silver remains as an outline, while the yellow circle is thicker. Thin black trim makes the logo more voluminous. Also, the buffalo’s eye color was changed from red to navy blue.