History of Our Organization
The building blocks of our tradition and the people who make up the Buffalo Junior Sabres
Five years after Buffalo received their very own National Hockey League franchise, the love for hockey extended itself to the New York-Pennsylvania Major Hockey League with the establishment of the Buffalo Junior Sabres, formerly the West Seneca Cougars.
The team’s journey to the Ontario Junior Hockey League continued when they left the New York-Penn MHL to rotate between the Western New York Junior Hockey League, the North American Hockey League and the Golden Horseshoe Junior B Hockey League.
After briefly suspending operations, the team began operating as the Niagara Scenic for ten seasons, rotating between the NAHL, Eastern Junior Hockey League, Metro Junior A Hockey League, and finally landing in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League, the now OJHL, where they changed their name again to the Buffalo Lightning.
In 2005, the NHL Buffalo Sabres stepped in to influence the final name change, restoring the Junior Sabres and their blue and gold uniforms. Three years later, the NHL franchise and their respective Alumni Association purchased the Junior Sabres and elected Larry Playfair as Team President.
Today, the Junior Sabres are lead by NHL alumnus and Western New York native, Kevyn Adams.
In their 40 year history, several Buffalo Sabres Alumni have coached the Junior Sabres to victory. Former staff has included the likes of Larry Playfair, Michael Peca, John Tucker, Andrew Peters, Larry Mickey, Jim Lorentz, Morris Titanic and Grant Ledyard. Even more exciting, the Buffalo Junior Sabres have sent over 250 players to play at the collegiate level, and the following players to be drafted by the National Hockey League:
Since the mid 1970s, Western New York and the Buffalo Junior Sabres have offered elite amateur hockey players the opportunity to develop their skills and advance to higher levels of hockey.
Hundreds of players who played for the Junior Sabres franchise throughout its history (including the Niagara Scenic and Buffalo Lightning eras) have moved on to college hockey at either NCAA Division I or Division III.
As of July 2015, a total of 18 Junior Sabres alumni have been drafted by NHL clubs. Those chosen few have not only been selected by teams but have thrived in the league, including Stanley Cup championships. Combined, Junior Sabres alumni have appeared in more than 3,600 NHL games.
Below is a listing of alumni who advanced to college hockey. Those highlighted among them were also drafted by teams in the National Hockey League.
* DRAFTED INTO NHL | ** FIRST-ROUND NHL DRAFT CHOICE | *** USA WORLD JUNIOR TEAM | + U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM