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Puck Daddy’s Summer Series: The Buffalo Sabres from A to Z (Puck Daddy)

(Ed. Note: August is known to be a very quiet month in the hockey world. As we wait for September to arrive and training camps to begin, let’s learn a little history about all 30 teams. Behold, our summer A-Z series, in which we ask fans of all 30 teams to drop some knowledge on us! Add your own choices in the comments!) By: Stephanie Delio , contributor for Die By The Blade A. [The] “Aud” The Buffalo Memorial Auditorium opened in 1940 and would become home to the expansion Buffalo Sabres on October 15, 1970. Home to many firsts and lasts, the Aud would see the most infamous “only” in NHL history when Jim Lorentz became the only NHL player to kill a live animal (a bat) during a faceoff in the 1975 Stanley Cup Final, vs. Philadelphia. The Aud was well-known for its fog during warm-weather games, which likely made some quite painful games more tolerable and would’ve been a welcome addition to the 2014-15 season. The Sabres left the Aud and the fog behind when they moved to what is now the First Niagara Center in 1996. B. Butt-goal Need I say more, really? Over the last two seasons, the Sabres haven’t been good. But watching Arizona Coyotes’ goaltender Mike Smith score the craziest own-goal possibly in the history of the game helped to smooth the ride. I mean, watching the puck fall into the shorts of the goaltender, who then backs over the goal line is pretty phenomenal. Unless you hate fun. C. Carotid Artery Of all the infamous information that you can gather on the internet, it’s safe to say that Clint Malarchuk and Richard Zednik would gladly not ever have anything in common aside from being hockey players. On Buffalo ice, nearly 20 years apart, each suffered a skate to the carotid artery (on the neck). Thanks to quick-acting trainers and medical staff, both thankfully survived an incident that they, undoubtedly, would gladly erase from their histories. Although the incident left its mark, both physically and mentally, both players were able to return to their hockey playing ways.  D. [The] Dominator It’s hard to determine if Dominik Hasek was more well-known for his unique goaltending style , his well-documented disagreements with coaching staff , or his ego. Any way you put it, however, there is no doubt that Hasek is one of the best goaltenders to grace Buffalo’s dressing room. Hasek led to Czech National team to Olympic gold in 1998 and the Sabres to a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 1999. Despite nagging, and sometimes questionable, injuries, Hasek would lead an illustrious career on ice, including two Stanley Cups with Detroit. Hasek would return to Buffalo to see his jersey number retired, and take the greatest photo ever with Cody Hodgson, during the 2014-15 season. Cody Hodgson meets Dominik Hasek. #Sabres ( @BWipp ) pic.twitter.com/Ctws63B7NY — Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) March 28, 2014 E. Eichel, Jack If Jack Eichel doesn’t win Buffalo a Stanley Cup in the 2015-16 season, I will be genuinely concerned for his safety. We have been promised a savior, so he best get to saving. Or scoring, as the case may be. F. French Connection