Based in Buffalo, New York, the Buffalo Sabers are a professional ice hockey team. Buffalo Sabers are the members of the National Hockey League (NHL)’s Eastern Conference, Northeast Division.
The Buffalo Sabers, along with the Vancouver Canucks, became a part the NHL in the 1970–71 seasons. Buffalo Sabers’ first owners were Seymour Knox III and Northrup Knox. Buffalo had been a source for hockey. The Buffalo Bison had been one of the pillars of the American Hockey League (AHL), who won the Calder Cup in their final season.
Wanting a different name other than "bison" that was very frequent among Buffalo sports teams, the Knoxes instantly commissioned a name-the-team contest. The winning choice was, "Sabres", which was chosen because Seymour Knox felt a sabre was a weapon which was carried by a leader. He also distinguished that a sabre is swift and strong on offense as well as on defense. The Knoxes tried twice before to get an NHL team, first when the NHL expanded in the year 1967, and then unsuccessfully trying to purchase the Oakland Seals with the intention of moving them to Buffalo. At the time of their formation, the Sabres exercised their choice to form their own AHL farm team, which was the Cincinnati Swords.