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What to expect before the Sabres' home opener on Saturday

15 former captains will partake in a pregame ceremony

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The first home game of the Golden Season is shaping up to be one you won't want to miss.

For Saturday's Home Opener presented by KeyBank, the Buffalo Sabres will welcome back 15 former captains to participate in pregame festivities. 

There will be a Party in the Plaza outside of KeyBank Center starting at 5 p.m. where fans can enjoy sponsor activations, kid-friendly activities and a musical performance by The Strictly Hip (all outdoor activities are weather permitting). 

Then at 5:30, Northtown Automotive will drop alumni off at the Blue and Gold Carpet. Fans will have the opportunity to greet the former captains and take photos as they make their way through Alumni Plaza. 

Former captains attending include:
Floyd Smith (Captain: 1970-71)
Gerry Meehan (Captain: 1971-72 - Oct. 1974)
Don Luce (Captain: Jan. 1976)
Danny Gare (Captain: 1977-78 - 1980-81)
Gilbert Perreault (Captain: 1981-82 - Nov. 1986)
Mike Foligno (Captain: Feb. 1989 - Dec. 1990)
Michael Peca (Captain: 1997-98 - 1999-2000)
Donald Audette (Captain: April 1998)
Stu Barnes (Captain: 2001-02 - March 2003)
Jochen Hecht (Captain: Oct. 2007, Feb. 2008)
Toni Lydman (Captain: Nov. 2007)
Brian Campbell (Captain: Dec. 2007)
Craig Rivet (Captain: 2008-09 - 2010-11)
Jason Pominville (Captain: March-April 2008, 2011-12 - April 2013)
Brian Gionta (Captain: 2014-15 - 2016-17)

The captains will participate in a special pregame ceremony, so fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:45.

At the door, fans will receive a "Scratch and Score" card that they can redeem for prizes at local KeyBank branches while supplies last. 

When fans arrive at their seat, they'll find a a Sabres commemorative home opener T-shirt courtesy of KeyBank waiting for them.

Tickets for the game are on sale now, and the team is also offering fans a chance to win a pair of tickets. Click here for details.

For information on all the new offerings at KeyBank Center this year, click here.

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