Buffalo Sabres Managing Partner Larry Quinn announced today the Sabres will wear the franchise's original blue and gold uniform and logo as the team's third jersey during 15 home games in the 2006-07 season.
The team will wear a new Blue and Gold uniform design, which will be unveiled in late September, for the remaining 26 home games and all 41 road games.
The Sabres first wore the original Blue and Gold in the 1970-1971 season and continued that way for the following 26 years. The first major change to the team's look came in 1996-97 when the team changed its basic colors to red, black and white to coincide with the opening of the HSBC Arena (formerly Marine Midland Arena).
"We have been planning all along to use the original colors and logo as our third jersey for next season," Quinn said. "Given the outpouring of fan concern the last few weeks, we decided to make this announcement now instead of September as originally planned. We are still committed and enthusiastic about our new uniform and believe that fans will embrace it once they have a chance to actually see it."
The Sabres will unveil their new uniform during the week of September 24, at a time and place still to be determined. The team will actually wear their new jerseys for the first time on Saturday, September 30, in their only home pre-season game at HSBC Arena against the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:00 p.m.
Following is a schedule of the 15 games Buffalo will wear their new third jersey this season:
Saturday, October 14 vs. New York Rangers Tuesday, October 17 vs. Philadelphia Flyers Saturday, November 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Friday, November 17 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Friday, November 24 vs. Montreal Canadiens Thursday, December 14 vs. Florida Panthers Tuesday, December 19 vs. Montreal Canadiens Monday, January 1 vs. New York Islanders Friday, January 19 vs. Vancouver Canucks Tuesday, January 30 vs. Boston Bruins Thursday, February 15 vs. Edmonton Oilers Thursday, February 22 vs. Ottawa Senators Saturday, March 10 vs. New Jersey Devils Friday, March 23 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday, April 5 vs. Boston Bruins