The Penalty Box's Rob Aquino at the SportsBlurb.com is sad to hear this week's quiet news that Memorial Auditorium, home to the Buffalo Sabres until 1996, will be torn down.
News out of Buffalo this week was that the old Memorial Auditorium -- home to the Buffalo Sabres from their inception in 1970 until 1996 (and the American Hockey League Buffalo Bisons for 30 years before the Sabres arrived) -- would finally be torn down. And although the inevitability of death hovered around the Aud for much of the past decade, as it lay dormant across the parking lot from the shiny new HSBC Arena, for an entire generation of people who grew up in and around Western New York -- including myself -- this came as bittersweet news.
In memory of the old stadium, Aquino goes on to list the top five games in Aud history. Those games are, as he lists them:
"Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!" - 1993
"The Fog Game" - 1975
Sabres destroy the Soviet Wings - 1976.
Gretzky Gets The Goal Record - 1982
Glen Sonmor loses his mind, King Kong nets a hat trick – 1979
I'd love to hear some reader memories of the Blue and Gold at the Aud. You can also look at my collection of Buffalo Sabres Legends, or view my work at SabresAlumni.com.