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.