BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres officially introduced their controversial new uniforms at an open practice Saturday.
Images of the new logo, a gold bison charging in an arc, were leaked over the summer, and more than 20,000 fans signed online petitions protesting the design. But the Sabres forged ahead, believing fans would warm to it.
Sabres officials said in July that a third jersey would be used, featuring the original team logo, which was used from 1970-96.
On Saturday, about 8,000 fans attended the practice and gave the team a rousing ovation when it took the ice in the new uniforms, which also have the players' numbers on the front of the shirt just below the right shoulder.
"I think fans like the jersey, but they really love the team," Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn said.