Buffalo Sabres

The team was established in 1970

The team has twice advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals, losing to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1975 and to the Dallas Stars in 1999. The best known line in team history is The French Connection which consisted of Gilbert PerreaultRick Martin and René Robert. All three players have had their sweater numbers (11, 7 and 14, respectively) retired and a statue erected in their honor at First Niagara Center in 2012. Tim Horton (2), Pat LaFontaine (16), and Danny Gare (18) have also had their jersey numbers retired.