Sabres coach and General Manager Punch Imlach took four days off after the 1970 NHL amateur draft, where he had landed “the greatest prospect since Bobby Orr” with the selection of Gilbert Perreault from the Montreal Junior Canadiens.
Only officially known as “The Sabres” for a matter of weeks, Buffalo’s NHL team still needed to find a training location and a farm team 45 years ago this week.
"Sabres tackle new tasks: A camp, a farm, signings"
"Punch Imlach returns to his desk in the Buffalo Sabres' hockey headquarters tomorrow, ready to start to work on the club's next two problems:
"1 -- Where to place the Sabres' farm club.
"2 -- Training camp for the Sabres' first season in the National Hockey League.
"Not too far from the mind of the Buffalo team's coach and general manager will be another problem of the future:
"Getting together on a contract with the fabulous rookie prospect, Gilbert Perreault."