The Sabres are 52 years old, which means that there are a ton of Western New Yorkers who know every little detail about the Buffalo Sabres and their history and there is another group of people who don't know the journey the Sabres organization took to get where it is today.

John Rigas, the former owner of the Buffalo Sabres passed away this week after a dramatic saga that unfolded in the mid-200's. He was the founder of Adelphia Communications but was arrested and charged with fraud, along with his son Tim Rigas, back in 2007. Then, the NHL stripped him of his ownership of the Buffalo Sabres. Even though the NHL stipped Rigas of his ownership rights, on paper, he still owned the team. The NHL controlled the team until it was later sold. The fraud scandal involved himself and his son, where they were charged with looting and debt-hiding, which eventually led to the company going bankrupt. In 2004, John Rigas (who was 80 at the time) was convicted to 15 years in prison and his son was sentenced to 20 years. He was 82 years old when he finally entered jail in 2007.

What's the list of owners for the Buffalo Sabres? What have the names of the Buffalo arena been? Who was the mascot before Sabretooth? We have all of the answers covered for you here!

Owners
2011 – Present / Terrence Pegula
2003 – 2011 / Tom Golisano and Larry Quinn
2002 – 2003 / National Hockey League
1996 – 2002 / John Rigas
1970 – 1996 / Seymour Knox III and Northrup Knox

Arena
2017 - Present / KeyBank Center
2012 – 2016 / First Niagara Center
2000 – 2011 / HSBC Arena
1996 – 1999 / Marine Midland Arena
1970 – 1996 / Buffalo Memorial Auditorium

Mascots

mid 1980s - present / Sabretooth
1970 - mid 1980s / Sammy Sabre

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