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Sabres unveil jerseys for 2018 Winter Classic

After releasing a teaser Tuesday, the Sabres unveiled their Winter Classic jersey Wednesday morning with a video.

The Sabres will wear the jerseys when they play the New York Rangers on Jan. 1 at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets.

The uniform combines "concepts from the franchise's early years with modifications of the team's current logo and elements from the team's 40th anniversary jersey to create a unique look that recalls the Sabres' 48 years of history," the Sabres said in a press release.

The NHL Winter Classic Jersey will be available for purchase at the Sabres Store beginning at 5 p.m.

"The NHL Winter Classic is a celebration of hockey’s rich history and we wanted our jersey to signify that with a tribute to the early days of Sabres hockey," Sabres President Russ Brandon said in the press release. "This uniform combines our franchise's great historical look with some new elements to celebrate the uniqueness of the event."

The jersey is primarily white with blue and gold accents. The letters "NY" have been added as a nod to the intrastate matchup with the Rangers.

The pants are blue, matching those of classic Sabres uniforms, and feature a vertical gold stripe along the sides. The white accent pant stripe from previous uniforms has been removed to better align the color patterning to the jersey and sock color patterning.

The jersey’s number design comes from the ones worn on the team’s 40th anniversary uniform while the nameplates were inspired by the ones the team wore in the mid-1970s.

It's the 10th anniversary of the annual outdoor NHL game that began Jan. 1, 2008, at New Era Field (then Ralph Wilson Stadium) featuring the Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Buffalo lost that game, 2-1, in a shootout.

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