As my hometown team, I have a very heavy bias towards the Sabres and their designs. My earliest memories are watching the team play in the Aud. Those (royal) Blue and Gold jerseys will always have a special place in my heart. I am happy the team returned to a (navy) Blue and [Yellow], back from the black and red. While close, I believe the team can, and should, get closer to their roots in their design aesthetics.
I dream of having some sort of influence on the Buffalo Sabres’ design. Until that day, I can only post my ideas here for some fun.
The primary logo for these jerseys comes from the team’s 40th Anniversary jersey, used from 2010-2012, itself influenced from the original Buffalo Bisons hockey team which played in Buffalo before the Sabres did. From the outset, I was in love with this logo, though admittedly I am a sucker for gorgeous wordmark logos. I was very sad to see these jerseys and logo retired, and have made it my life’s goal to see them resurrected.
My jersey designs also draw heavy influence from the Sabres’ original jerseys, almost unchanged for the first 25 years of the team’s existence. I’ll go into further details about which parts I borrowed from each design below.
The home design is an amalgam of the original Blue jersey and the 40th Anniversary jersey, with some small alterations on my part. From the original jersey, I borrowed the thin-thick-thin gold stripe pattern used on the jersey and socks. From the 40th Anniversary jersey, I borrowed the gold nameplate & blue name, as well as the laces collar. On my jersey, the collar is gold to create another highlight. One minor detail that I love is the addition of the swords from the original logo on the back of the helmet (detail in the gallery below).
The white jersey again draws heavy influence from teams original, including the distinct stripe pattern that is reversed on the torso and the sleeves / socks. Also like the original, the shoulders remain blue. For consistency, I carried over the gold nameplate on the jersey’s reverse. Unlike the original, the collar is gold and has laces.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The alternate jersey in this series is almost exactly the original blue jersey with a few exceptions: the gold laces collar, the small addition of the “Buffalo” logo on the pants, and the use of the stitched felt letters from the 40th Anniversary jersey. Otherwise, I have no problem admitting it’s the original blue jersey. I love those and think they should be used again in some capacity.
In an ideal world, if I had the ability to create jerseys for the team to wear, these would be it. I’d love to see a return to the vintage style. My designs draw heavily from several eras of Sabres history while still looking fresh, modern, and clean.