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Return to Royal Week recap

A look back at the Sabres' new uniform reveal

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Last week, the Buffalo Sabres unveiled their new uniforms for the 2020-21 season, featuring an element fans have been clamoring for: a return to royal blue in the color scheme.

The new jerseys are modeled after the team's original threads, which they wore from their inception in 1970 until they moved out of The Aud in 1996. Of course, royal blue hasn't been the primary color since. 

Now, however, the change is permanent as the Sabres go back to their roots.

To celebrate the Return To Royal, the Sabres partnered with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center for a week of reveals and giveaways. 

Check out for a closer look, as well as a history of Sabres uniforms. You can also pre-order a new jersey.

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Old meets new. 🔥Find out more about the design process of our new royal jersey:

Tweet from @One_Buffalo: Pre-orders can also be placed online:

Monday served as a final farewell to the Golden Season. Lucky Season Ticket Holders were given jerseys from the 50th season and Player Awards were handed out. 

Video: 2019-20 Player Awards

There's an auction live right now at where fans can bid on exclusive Golden Season game-worn jerseys and equipment, and the gold blazers Sabres broadcasters including Rick Jeanneret wore during the year.

Tweet from @robray32: You can bid on my gold blazer from the @BuffaloSabres 50th season! All profits go to the @PalBuffalo. Check it out:

Instagram from @_rickjeanneret: Check out the auction at to bid on my 50th Anniversary worn gold blazer. I will autograph it for the highest bidder! Proceeds go to Child and Family Services of Buffalo NY Auction starts right now! And ends August 23 at 9pm..#rickjeanneret #nhlauction #buffalosabres #buffalosabresauction #childandfamilyservicesofbuffalo #cfsbny #bid #voiceofthesabres #sabresbroadcasters #charity

We looked back on some of the big moments we were able to celebrate…

Video: A look back at the Golden Season

…before moving on to the big unveil Tuesday morning. 

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Tomorrow... 👀#ReturnToRoyal

Video: First look at the Sabres' new royal blue uniforms

Rasmus Dahlin is among those who really seem to like them.

Video: Sabres react to seeing new royal blue uniforms

They were also sent new royal blue hoodies to try on.  

General manager Kevyn Adams went around town on Wednesday to present season ticket holders, as well as Roswell Park patients and doctors with gift boxes to help show off the new colors. Fans can pick up a hoodie of their own, and a portion of the proceeds will go back to Roswell.

 Video: Paint The Town Royal Day

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Get royal merch AND support @RoswellPark?It's a win-win:

Some celebrity Sabres fans received gift boxes and they shared their excitement on social media. Fans also shared their enthusiasm by helping us "paint the town royal."

Tweet from @thurmanthomas: #ReturnToRoyal @BuffaloSabres
Tweet from @Buccigross: Can���t wait for hoodie season...@BuffaloSabres
Tweet from @joywave: Royal blue looking good!! Matches the sound panels 💙#ReturnToRoyal @BuffaloSabres
Tweet from @BuffaloBills: Reppin��� the royal. 😍@JoshAllenQB | @TakeAwayTre_
Tweet from @ericbodamer: Wish I was in Buffalo today, but I'll be painting the Pacific Northwest Royal. #ReturnToRoyal @BuffaloSabres
Tweet from @bmjohnson31: @BuffaloSabres @RoswellPark#ReturnToRoyal #LetsGoBuffalo
Tweet from @24sevenmdb: And Lorde Said We���d Never Be ROYALS #ReturnToRoyal @BuffaloSabres
Tweet from @boehringerm98: Enjoying the beautiful day by celebrating the #ReturnToRoyal with @martybiron43 @Jackeichel15 @BuffaloSabres
Tweet from @ColleenMeosky: Busted out the chalk today!! #ReturnToRoyal Go @BuffaloSabres! Also just wanted to say hi @martybiron43
Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Sabres logos are poppin' up everywhere today... 🤔#ReturnToRoyal
Tweet from @KaysSpaceship: I���ve been waiting for this moment 💙💛#ReturnToRoyal #LetsGoBuffalo #BuffaloSabres
Tweet from @HockeyIQ716: NOTHING. ELSE. MATTERS. @BuffaloSabres @RoswellPark #ReturnToRoyal
Tweet from @MelodyNMartin: The @BuffaloSabres asked for it, so here's my #ReturnToRoyal song, a remix of Royals by Lorde

Landmarks including City Hall, the Electric Tower, the Central Terminal, Niagara Falls and One Seneca Tower were also lit up royal blue Wednesday night. 

Tweet from @MayorByronBrown:
Tweet from @buffalolibrary: The Central Library in downtown #Buffalo is lit up in royal blue this evening, along with a handful of other city landmarks, to celebrate the @BuffaloSabres��� #ReturnToRoyal!💙
Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Buffalo is lit up in royal blue tonight 😍#ReturnToRoyal

Winners of any social media giveaways will be contacted by end of day Monday, Aug. 17.

We closed out the week with a special edition of the Royal Round, our virtual interview show. However, for this one, we partnered with New Amsterdam and Pink Whitney to bring you a Royal Round Happy Hour with a Splash of Pink. 

Former NHLer and podcast guru Paul Bissonnette joined Brian Duff, Martin Biron, Rob Ray and Dan Dunleavy for a segment and then Sabres alumni Brad May, J-P Dumont, Daren Puppa and Jay McKee stopped by to talk about the new uniforms. 

Video: Royal Round Happy Hour with a Splash of Pink

Thanks to everyone who helped make it a memorable week. Stay tuned to and our social media platforms throughout the offseason for the latest team news. 

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