WATCH: Sabres begin 50th anniversary celebration in style


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Ahead of Saturday night’s home opener against the New Jersey Devils, the Buffalo Sabres kicked off their 50th anniversary celebration in style at KeyBank Center.

Honoring their history, the Blue & Gold set out celebratory t-shirts for fans.

And, as they officially began the night’s opening ceremony, which was presented by the long-time voice of the Sabres, Rick Jeanneret, Sabretooth rappelled from the rafters — getting fans on their feet and setting the tone for the night.

Jeanneret, who has been calling games for 49 of the team’s 50 seasons, earned the loudest cheers and a standing ovation as he took the mic at center ice.

“Now you know why I love my job,” he told to the capacity crowd.

Following his opening remarks, the Blue & Gold honored their history and introduced 50 season ticket holders along with 15 former captains.

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