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'We sat in the blues at the Aud': Memories of the AHL Buffalo Bisons

Ever wonder why "Buffalo" can be spotted on the retro Pepsi-Cola logo on some vintage hockey jerseys? Colin Dabkowski did, and he looked into what might be "one of the more brazen marketing moves in local sports history."

Turns out the Pepsi-Cola Buffalo Bottling Co. and the AHL's Buffalo Bisons shared the same owners and the Pastor brothers borrowed one logo for the other.

Some of our readers knew this bit of Buffalo trivia already; however, seeing the logo sparked nostalgia for the Buffalo Bisons hockey team and the Aud.

"Still my favorite hockey sweater of all time. ... I have a similar (from a later year when the stripes were on the shoulders) sweater, thanks to John Boutet, and I wear it proudly at Tucson Roadrunners (AHL affiliate of the AZ Coyotes) games. Every once in a while, I run into an old-timer who remembers the Bisons and understands the bottle cap version." — Michael Creenan

"I remember the Buffalo Bisons. I'm 75 years old. I used to skip school to go to opening day." — Spencer G. Thompson

"My very first pro hockey games. 1968 Bisons. Beginning of a long and so far fruitless bad habit, lol." — Harold C. Christie

"Best logo ever. Saw my first Bisons game in 1966 or so, against the Cleveland Barons and the Glover brothers. I think there was a huge brawl. We sat in the blues at the Aud. Alan Hamilton, who played a year for the Bisons when they were a Rangers' farm team, was my favorite. And Billy Dea, a Blackhawks farmhand." — Brooks Hatch

"By far my favorite Bisons sweater. Went to see the Sabres, in San Jose, and someone was wearing this jersey." — Dennis Hartigan Sr. 

“I, Donald C. Markovitz, lived in the city of Tonawanda, N.Y., for years. I used to go to the old Aud to see the hockey Bisons play. In fact, I got a puck one night. It had the Pepsi Buffalo logo on one side and the AHL league on the other. Those games were great. In fact, at the time, the hockey Bisons were with the N.Y. Rangers and my dad wanted to know who No. 2 was in the Buffalo lineup. He was none other than Brad Park, the former Ranger and Boston Bruins player. I also saw Dennis Hexstall of NHL fame as well. He was my favorite. I also listened to Bisons hockey on WGR Radio 550. And saw the only Bisons hockey game to be on local TV. It was carried by WNED-TV 17. It was in black and white. It was a 5 to 3 loss at Rochester. Those were the good old days.” — Donald Markovitz

"That was the uniform they wore when I first became a Bison fan. The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society had a great display of early Bison hockey memorabilia last year. Great memories." — Jack Weibel

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