Greatest Sabres: No.2 Seymour H. Knox III

Ryan Senior Writer IJuly 1, 2008

Note: Unfortunately, I couldn't find a ton on Knox, so this will be a lot shorter than normal.

Continuing the "Greatest Sabres" list is the man who started it all. Without him, there would be no French Connection, no "May Day! May Day!" and most importantly, there may not be hockey in Buffalo. Seymour H. Knox III was Buffalo born and bred. In his younger years, he excelled in school and sports, playing polo, squash, and tennis.

He would study at Yale and Columbia before serving as a decorated Corporal in World War II in the United States Army Field Artillery. Along with his brother, Northrup R Knox, he presented an application on October 19, 1965 to obtain an NHL expansion team in 1967.

He was turned down. In 1968, the NHL Board of Governors rejected their agreement to move the Oakland Seals to Buffalo Finally, on December 2, 1969, the league announced its decision to expand to Buffalo and Vancouver for the start of the 1970-1971 season. By 1975, the Sabres had made the Stanley Cup Finals and Knox was named The Hockey News executive of the year.

He served on the NHL's Board of Governors for 25 years and was a director of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. In 1993, he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Knox was principal owner of the Sabres from their foundation as an NHL franchise until his death in 1996.

He also helped found the Buffalo Bandits lacrosse team and the Buffalo Blizzard indoor soccer team. Knox was also the visionary behind the state of the art Marine Midland Arena (now known as the HSBC Arena) Simply put: without Seymour Knox III, a man who loved sports and the city of Buffalo, there may have never been a hockey team and I wouldn't be able to write about all the great people this organization has had.

Seymour H. Knox III is Buffalo hockey.
Next up: the No.1 Greatest Sabre in franchise history.