A working list of the Sabres’ top minor league affiliates:
- 1970-71 Salt Lake Golden Eagles, WHL, owner: Dan Meyer (died in 1/25/71 after falling from a 19 story hotel room while attending league meetings.
- 1971-1974 – Cincinnati Golden Swords, AHL, owner: Buffalo Sabres (Knox group). Sabres exercised option to create an AHL team to replace the Bisons who folden after the 1969-70 season when Buffalo was awarded the Sabres.
- 1974 – 79 – Hershey Bears, AHL, owner: Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company (founded by Milton Hershey, yeah the candy guy).
- 1980 – 2008 – Rochester Americans, AHL. owners: Buffalo Sabres through 2000, Steve Donner.
- 2008 – 2011 – Portland Pirates, AHL, owner: Brian Petrovek.
- 2011- present – Rochester Americans, AHL, owner: Buffalo Sabres (Terry Pegula group).
The Sabres have had other secondary affiliations with smaller leagues. A partial list compiled by Tom Doran and myself is:
- 1986-1989 – Flint Spirits, IHL
- 1989-90 – Phoenix Roadrunners, IHL,
- 1998-01 – Broome County Icemen, UHL
- 2002-03 – Greensboro Generals, ECHL
- 2005-09 – Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs, CHL
- 2011- present – Gwinnett Gladiators, ECHL