It was a year ago today that Terry Pegula looked to his right and tearfully lauded Gilbert Perreault as his hero. It was a year ago today that Sabres fans officially met the man who took his wife, Kim, to Montreal on their honeymoon so they could see a Sabres game.
It was a year ago today that the Sabres got a new billionaire owner.
As for today, it will be a quiet one. According to the Sabres' PR staff, the owner has turned down all interview requests to speak about the anniversary. His team is also taking the day off, staying away from the ice thanks to the combination of four games in six nights and a two-day break until the next game.
So, here's a look back at the stories that came out one year ago when Pegula bought the Sabres from Tom Golisano.
*For three months, Terry Pegula was merely the mysterious guy attempting to purchase the Buffalo Sabres. Confidentiality agreements prohibited him from talking, so he was forced to remain in the background. With the sale finally complete Tuesday, he wanted everyone in Sabreland to know all about him.
*The signature moment of Terry Pegula's introductory news conference Tuesday was when the Buffalo Sabres' new owner said he couldn't look to his right. Couldn't look at the section of the HSBC Arena atrium where the team's alumni were sitting because once he saw Gilbert Perreault, he'd break down and cry.
Then he did look.
*Ted Black used to think he had it made. He was vice president of the Pittsburgh Penguins during their transformation from bankrupt doormat to Stanley Cup contender. He followed that up by running FSN Pittsburgh, a wildly successful regional sports television network that broadcast a record number of live pro events.
Then he met Terry Pegula, who hired Black last year to guide his purchase of the Buffalo Sabres. The two bonded, and Black became the Sabres' newest president Tuesday when Pegula officially bought the team.
*The population of Pegulaville — 18,690 strong — rose to its feet in a unified vote of confidence Wednesday night for the man who promises to quench their 41-year thirst to sip from Lord Stanley of Preston's prized chalice.
Terrence M. Pegula, the 59-year-old Pennsylvania billionaire and longtime Buffalo Sabres fan and season-ticket holder, took center ice as the team's fourth owner to a rousing ovation from adoring blue-and-gold faithful.