Sabres Fans Share 40 Years of Memories

October 16, 2010 Updated Oct 16, 2010 at 12:08 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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October 16, 2010 Updated Oct 16, 2010 at 12:08 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY
(Wkbw)

It was the 40th anniversary of the Buffalo Sabres and fans remembered their first and favorite Sabres games. Fans were preparing to turn tickets to the anniversary game into keepsakes.

"I'll attempt to scrapbook and we can like make one, we can make a scrap book!" said Lindsay Simon.

The team played their first game in NHL history on the road, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins two to one. Then their home opener on October 15, 1970 against the Montreal Canadiens. They lost that game zero to three, but won the hearts of proud fans across western New York for years to come.

"My first Sabres game was probably against Philadelphia back in '74," said Perry Sullivan.

"I actually got started because my sister is a huge Rick Martin fan, so my dad used to drop me and her off and come back and get us later," remembered Paul Zymanek.

And Jim Buettner said, "My first one was probably like 20 years ago! I won a contest, I won pre-season tickets and me and my parents went, so every since then I've been hooked!"

Friday's game against the Canadiens sparked a rivalry that started 40 years ago to the date.

"Montreal is going to win tonight! Sorry Sabres fans....on your 40th anniversary! And that's all I have to say," finished Tony Montana, a Canadiens fan.

One thing is for certain, win or loose, Sabres fans are proud to have a team to call their own.