Buffalo in the 70s: Punch Imlach plans a rugged training camp

By Steve Cichon

Forty-five years ago this week, Buffalo’s NHL team had just been officially christened “The Sabres,” and Punch Imlach, the team’s head coach and general manager, was getting ready to put the new team through hard workouts to prepare for the season.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s pop culture history. His stories of Buffalo's past have appeared more than 1600 times in The Buffalo News. He's a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. Since the earliest days of the internet, Cichon's been creating content celebrating the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The 25-year veteran of Buffalo radio and television has written five books and curates The Buffalo Stories Archives-- hundreds of thousands of books, images, and audio/visual media which tell the stories of who we are in Western New York.